May 13, 1999
East Lansing, MI - Four Michigan State softball players have been named to the GTE Academic All-District IV Softball Team. Senior Carrie Carpenter (Dearborn Heights, Mich./Dearborn Divine Child HS) and juniors Margaret Hollis (Anaheim, Calif./Mater Dei HS) and Erica Strutz (Howell, Mich./Hartland HS) have been named to the first team, while sophomore Shealee Dunavan (Yorba Linda, Calif./Mater Dei HS) has been named to the second team.
Carpenter, who is a first-time honoree, carries a 3.64 grade-point average in family community services. Hollis, who was a GTE Second-Team Academic All-American in 1998, shared top GPA honors on the district squad with a 3.95 average in microbiology.
Strutz, who was a first-team all-district honoree last year as well, has a 3.54 GPA in history, while Dunavan carries a 3.21 GPA.
Michigan State and Michigan had the most honorees on the 11-member first team with three players from each school.
The district team is made up of student-athletes from Division I schools in Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. To be nominated, student-athletes must be a starter or top reserve and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.2 or higher. Team members are selected by a vote of members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) within the district.
Carpenter, Hollis and Strutz will appear on the national ballot for the opportunity to earn Academic All-America honors. That squad will be announced the first week of June.