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December 28, 2012

Area scholar-athletes earn national honor

Knowing how to mix learning and sports has led to recognition for three area high school graduates on the SUNY Brockport softball team.

Brianna Ferchen of Oneonta, Susanna Johnson of Edmeston and Melissa Martin of Deposit were recently named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division III All-America Scholar Athlete team, according to the State University College at Brockport website. Seven members of the team received the recognition.

To earn a spot on the Scholar Athlete team, student athletes must have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or better during the 2011-2012 academic year, according to the website.

Ferchen, a sophomore, graduated from Oneonta High School in 2011. She plays right field.

“I am excited about it and honored to be recognized by the NCAA and to represent Brockport athletics,” she said. She attributes the recognition to a combination of good time management skills and being able to balance grades and sports. After games and practice, teammates often go to the library and study together. She is majoring in exercise physiology and kinesiology and hopes to go to graduate school.

Martin, a junior, graduated from Deposit High School in 2010. She plays outfield — mostly left field. She found out about being named to the team from the school website.

“It’s really nice to know your hard work pays off, especially when you are in season and trying to balance school and softball,” she said. She was really excited about the upcoming season that starts with practice when classes resume in late January. She is a business administration major, and is considering whether to go to law school or get a Master of Business Administration degree.

Susanna Johnson graduated from Edmeston High School in 2010. She plays first base and is the designated hitter. She was surprised to find out from a friend about the recognition. The spring semester at college the most challenging because of the commitment she needs to make to softball. She is a history major with a minor in English.

It can be a lot of work scheduling time to study, she said. But she got into the routine starting as a freshman to practice, eat and go to the library. Her teammates also help.

“All of us work really hard,” she said.

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