2016 NCAA Division III National Champions
ALL-AMERICA: Prather, Thompson honored as national elites

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY – UT Tyler senior Kaylee Prather and sophomore Cheyenne Thompson were selected to the 2017 NFCA Division III All-America softball teams and honored on Wednesday during the NCAA Division III Championship banquet at the Sheraton Hotel Downtown.

The All-America honor are the first for both Patriots who have helped lead the team to a 44-4 record and to the program’s sixth trip to the NCAA DIII Championship. UT Tyler, which now has 18 All-America selections in program history, will open the tournament at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday against No. 1 Virginia Wesleyan at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium with Prather in center field and Thompson in right like they have been for all 48 games this season.

Prather, who earned NFCA All-America first team, leads the nation with 83 hits and is at .503 entering Oklahoma City. A senior center fielder from Elysian Fields, Prather has 11 doubles, five triples, two home runs, 65 singles and 63 runs scored this season. She is 38-for-39 on stolen bases this season and is the program’s all-time leader with 75 stolen bases after transferring in as a junior. Prather is a career .467 hitter with 154 hits in 330 at-bats and 102 games played for the Patriots. She was named the ASC Player of the Year, to the NFCA All-Region team and is a CoSIDA All-America third-team selection.

Thompson, who was named to the NFCA All-America Third-Team, is tied with Stevens for the team lead with 52 RBI in her sophomore season. UT Tyler’s right fielder is hitting .426 with 18 doubles, two triples, eight home runs to produce the 52 RBI. She also has 14 stolen bases and three outfield assists.

The NFCA Division III All-America softball teams are selected from the pool of players who earned first team All-Region recognition by eight NCAA Division III head coaches representing the eight NCAA regions.



Pitcher Hanna Hull Virginia Wesleyan College Freshman
Pitcher Lindsey  Thayer St. John Fisher College Junior
Catcher Janae Matos Moravian College Junior
First Base Cassetty Howerin Virginia Wesleyan College Junior
Second Base Linzie Lewis East Texas Baptist University  Sophomore
Third Base Jenna George St. Catherine University Sophomore
Shortstop Anna Strien*#% Luther College Junior
Utility Jayme  Perez East Texas Baptist University  Senior
Designated Player Morgan Smith Rowan University Junior
Outfield Kaylee  Prather University of Texas at Tyler Senior
Outfield LeAnne Collins Salisbury University Junior
Outfield Mallory Klotz University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Junior
At-Large Emily Sabo Kean University Senior
At-Large Jessica Long*% Averett University Senior
At-Large Melissa  Livermore* University of Texas at Dallas Sophomore


Pitcher Julie Graf St. Olaf College Freshman
Pitcher Josie Novak Moravian College Junior
Catcher Emily Snow Milwaukee School of Engineering Sophomore
First Base Kirsten Drobiak Springfield College Junior
Second Base Katie Mazierski St. John Fisher College Junior
Third Base Liz Thompson Alfred University Senior
Shortstop Alyson Shaw Otterbein University Sophomore
Utility Marie Collop Berry College Senior
Designated Player Cassie Ruscz*# Tufts University Senior
Outfield Cheyenne Fletcher Linfield College Junior
Outfield Jenna  Heffner Penn State Berks College Senior
Outfield Ashley Burrows Luther College Junior
At-Large Maitlin Raycroft Texas Lutheran University Junior
At-Large Krista Flugstad St. Catherine University Junior
At-Large Rachael Payne Christopher Newport University Junior


Pitcher Morgan  Stratton* Alma College Senior
Pitcher Samantha Bratland Luther College Sophomore
Catcher Lexi Curt Williams College Junior
First Base Savannah Lee Birmingham-Southern College Sophomore
Second Base Annie Pietanza Salisbury University Junior
Third Base Leah  Brown University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Senior
Shortstop Kiersten Richardson Virginia Wesleyan College Junior
Utility Stephanie Caudle* Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute  Senior 
Designated Player Haley Crumpton Birmingham-Southern College Sophomore
Outfield Brittany Deieso Manhattanville College Senior
Outfield Haley Morelli University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Senior
Outfield Cheyenne Thompson University of Texas at Tyler Sophomore
At-Large Holly Haberkorn Benedictine University (Ill.) Senior
At-Large Alix DeDreu Thomas More University Sophomore
At-Large Shannon McMahon Kean University Senior


* denotes 2016 All-American

# denotes 2015 All-American

% denotes 2014 All-American