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May 2, 2013

Watson 1st team All-CCIW; Behnke and Lavin 2nd team

CCIW home run leader Krista Watson was named to the all-conference team for the third consecutive year. The junior shortstop was a first team selection, while sophomore outfielders Chelsea Lavin and Laura Behnke were named to the second team.

NAPERVILLE, Ill.-Three Augustana softball players, led by first team selection Krista Watson (Coal City HS, Coal City, Ill.), have been named to the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin all-conference team. Sophomore outfielders Laura Behnke (St. Francis HS, Roselle, Ill.) and Chelsea Lavin (Downers Grove South HS, Downers Grove, Ill.) were named to the second team.

Watson, a junior shortstop earned All-CCIW recognition for the third year in a row. She was a first team pick as a freshman in 2011 and a second team selection last year. She has started all 38 Vikings games this year and is hitting .281 with seven homers and 22 RBI. She's tied for the team lead in homers and ranks second in RBI and runs (tied with 21). In conference play, she hit .348 with a league-leading five home runs. She was also second in the CCIW in total bases with 33 and fifth in slugging at .717.  

Watson is climbing the career charts at Augustana as well. Her 17 homers are fourth-best in school history and her 29 doubles are currently tied for eighth.  

Behnke, the Vikings' leadoff hitter, has paced the offense all year. She ranks second on the club with a .411 batting average and leads in runs (26), hits (51), triples (four), homers (tied with seven) total bases (85), slugging (.685), walks (14), on-base percentage (.479) and stolen bases (10 for 11). Her 19 RBI are tied for third on the team. She tied for second in the CCIW with four home runs in league play.  

After being used primarily as a pinch-runner as a freshman, Lavin has been a fixture in right field for Augustana this year. She leads the Vikings with a .419 average and is tied for the team lead with nine doubles. She also ranks second in on-base percentage (.470), triples (tied with two) and runs (tied with 21) and third in slugging (.543). Her career batting average of .404 is currently fourth-best in school history.  

Coach Kris Kistler's club finished the regular season 26-12 overall and 7-7 in the CCIW and begins conference tournament play in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Friday May 3. The third-seed, the Vikings take on second-seeded Illinois Wesleyan at 10:00 a.m.  

2013 CCIW ALL-CONFERENCE SOFTBALL TEAM

 FIRST TEAM  School  Pos.  Yr.  Hometown/H.S.
 Alyse Mikolas  Carthage  C  Jr.  Kenosha, Wis./Bradford
 Nicole Kruckman  North Park  1B  Fr.  Libertyville, Ill./H.S.
 Kiersten Tinkoff   North Central  1B  So.  Lake Barrington, Ill./Barrington
 Bryanna Heckel  Carthage  2B  Jr.  Kenosha, Wis./Salem-Westosha Central
 Cora Jeffers  Millikin  SS  Sr.  Sherman, Ill./Williamsville
 Emma Clark  Illinois Wesleyan  3B  Sr.  Morton, Ill./H.S.
 KRISTA WATSON  AUGUSTANA  SS  JR  COAL CITY, ILL./H.S.
 Amanda Walker  North Central  OF  Fr.  Ottawa, Ill./H.S.
 Audra James  Illinois Wesleyan  OF  So.  St. Joseph, Ill./St. Joseph-Ogden
 Keri Leach  Illinois Wesleyan  OF  Sr.  Hopedale, Ill./Stanford Olympia
 Katie Boals  Elmhurst  UT  So.  Orangeville, Ill./H.S.
 Stacey Cladis  Wheaton  DP  Jr.  Geneva, Ill./H.S.
 Krystina Leazer  Carthage  P  Sr.  Des Plaines, Il./Elk Grove
 Alyssa Vorel  Illinois Wesleyan  P  Sr.  Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport
 Vlasta Mangia  North Central  P  Jr.  Cicero, Ill./Morton
 SECOND TEAM  School   Pos.  Yr.  Hometown/H.S.
 Lindsay Mikulecky  Elmhurst  C  Sr.  Union Grove, Wis./H.S.
 Abby Hanson  Carthage  1B  Jr.  Winthrop Harbor, Ill./Zion-Benton
 Suzanne Teuben  Wheaton  1B  Sr.  Orange, Calif./Villa Park
 Sonya Le  North Park  2B  Sr.  Champaign, Ill./Centennial
 Lindsay Synek  North Park  SS  So.  Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook North
 Katie Morman  Carthage  SS  Jr.  Kenosha, Wis./Shoreland Lutheran
 Vicki Pyan  Carthage  3B  Jr.  Crystal Lake, Ill./South
 Kayla Antle  North Central  3B  So.  Bettendorf, Iowa/H.S.
 Becca Thompson  Millikin  3B  So.  Hanover Park, Ill./Schaumburg
 Paige Massa  North Park  OF  So.  Phoenix, Ariz./Etiwanda
 Carly Trenhaile  North Central  OF  So.  Plainfield, Ill./Central
 CHELSEA LAVIN  AUGUSTANA  OF  SO  DOWNERS GROVE, ILL./SOUTH
 LAURA BEHNKE  AUGUSTANA  OF  SO  ROSELLE, ILL./WHEATON-ST. FRANCIS
 Molly McCready   Illinois Wesleyan  P  Jr.  Bloomington, Ill./Tri-Valley
 Casey Latal  North Park  P  Sr.  Palatine, Ill./Fremd

CCIW Pitcher of the Year: Krystina Leazer - Carthage; CCIW Player of the Year: Keri Leach - Illinois Wesleyan; CCIW Co-Coaching Staffs of the Year: Carthage & North Park; CCIW Newcomer of the Year: Amanda Walker - North Central; CCIW Softball Batting Champion: Keri Leach - Illinois Wesleyan