Carroll County High School alum Cheyenne Strickland is being recognized for her excellence both on and off the field.
Strickland, a junior two-sport standout at Ferrum College, has been selected to the College Division All-State Second Team in softball. In addition, Strickland, who also stars for the Panthers on the volleyball court, has been named to the USA South Athletic Conference Academic All-Conference Team.
A 2015 graduate of CCHS and a member of the Cavaliers’ Class 4 state softball champions that year, Strickland earned all-state collegiate softball honors as a second baseman. She earned USA South Athletic Conference All-East Division First-Team honors earlier this summer at the position after leading Ferrum with a .372 batting average, nine doubles, four home runs and 36 RBIs. Strickland also finished the year with a .545 slugging percentage and a .415 on-base percentage. She was excellent defensively, turning in a .953 fielding percentage at second base.
With Strickland leading the way at the plate and in the field, the Panthers finished the 2018 campaign with a 23-13 record, including a 10-6 mark in the USA South. Players who compete for NCAA Division II, III, NAIA and independent schools are eligible for nomination to the College Division All-State team, which is voted on by the Virginia Sports Information Directors.
To be honored to the USA South Academic All-Conference Team, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.30 GPA in each of the two semesters of a given year to be eligible. This is an increase from a 3.0 GPA, which had been the previous minimum requirement.
Additionally, beginning with this academic year, any student-athlete earning a 3.9 GPA or above earned the All-Academic honor “With Distinction.” Strickland was one of 14 Ferrum student-athletes to earn the All-Academic “With Distinction” honor.
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