Two former area high school standouts and one former Crowder softball stalwart were among 61 Missouri Southern newcomer student-athletes named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll.
Softball player Tori Frazier and women’s golfer Maggie Moore, who recently completed their freshmen years at Southern, earned the Academic Excellence Award and that means both Frazier and Moore maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA for the 2018-19 academic year.
Softball player Makaila Leonhart earned Scholar-Athlete honors, which means that she maintained a 3.5 GPA and earned all-conference in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.
Frazier, a biology major, hit .197 (15 for 76) during her freshman season with eight runs scored, two triples, eight RBI, two walks and 19 strikeouts, five sacrifice hits, and 5-5 in stolen bases. She fielded 1.000 from the outfield with 38 putouts and one assist. Frazier played in 41 of the team’s 44 games and started in 36 for the 19-25 overall and 10-16 MIAA Lady Lions.
Leonhart, a marketing major with a 3.62 GPA, hit .343 in her first season after transferring from Crowder and produced 29 runs scored, nine doubles, three triples, three homers, 25 RBI, nine walks and 15 strikeouts, two sacrifice flies and two sacrifice hits, and 8-8 in stolen bases. Leonhart was one of four Lady Lions — joined by her double play partner Josie Tofpi, Ashley Caldarella, and Angel Badalamenti — to start all 44 games.
Leonhart earned all-MIAA honorable mention from her second base position. She also hit No. 2 in the Missouri Southern lineup.
Moore, a kinesiology major, finished 41st in the MIAA tournament with a three-day score of 261 and the Lady Lions finished 10th overall in the standings.
Moore finished 35th in the Hardscrabble Invitational in Fort Smith (Arkansas), 56th in the Henderson State Spring Invite, 18th in the Natural State Classic hosted by Harding (Arkansas), 54th in the Rogers State Hellcat Classic, tied for fifth in the Park University Fall Classic in suburban Kansas City (Missouri), 84th in the Central Region Preview hosted by Northeastern State at Muskogee Country Club, 77th in the UCO Fall Classic, and 82nd in the NSU Golf Classic, her first college tournament.
Moore finished second among Missouri Southern golfers for most of the season.
—Former Crowder softball player and former Leonhart teammate Kristen Wade will rejoin Leonhart for one season at Missouri Southern, since Wade signed with the Lady Lions after the 2019 season.
During her sophomore season, Wade hit .373 (56-138) with 34 runs scored, nine doubles, three triples, four homers, 42 RBI, 13 walks and 17 strikeouts, and five stolen bases in as many attempts. Wade missed nine games during a 54-5 season for the Lady ‘Riders.
As a freshman, Wade hit .447 (89-199) with 62 runs scored, a national-leading 29 doubles, two triples, eight homers, 62 RBI, nine walks and nine strikeouts, and nine stolen bases in as many attempts.
Wade played on Crowder teams with a combined overall record of 108-18 (.857 winning percentage). The Lady ‘Riders won one Region 16 title and took second her first season.
Missouri Southern signed five other players alongside Wade — Cowley County transfers Haleigh Scott and Taylor Hinnenkamp and incoming freshmen Kayla Arzate, Makayla Hall, and Izzy Medrano.
This recruiting class marks the first at Southern for head coach Hallie Blackney, after she took over the head coaching reins in October.