Several members of the softball team gathered MIAA honors this year.
Six Gorillas were named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll including Kylee Bohle, Kaylee Burns, Keelah Griffith, Kaity Kukowski, Madison Morris and Madison Szymanski.
Griffith, a junior in recreation and sports management, was happy for herself and her teammates to be recognized for their academic efforts by being named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll.
“It’s an amazing thing to see a list of my team apart of the honors,” Griffith said. “Pitt State softball can represent well in the classroom too.”
Additionally, Kukowski and Griffith each earned the prestigious MIAA Academic Excellence Award. Recipients of the awards must have a 4.0 GPA and have completed two or more terms at a certifying member institution, not including summer terms.
“My… (teachers) are awesome,” Griffith said. “I have many athletes in my major so a lot of us are working hard and studying together. My… (professors) work well with athletic schedules.”
Kukowski, a graduate student in special education, was also named an MIAA Scholar Athlete, which requires an athlete to have a 3.5 GPA or better, two completed terms, and have earned All-MIAA honors in the sport for the 2020-2021 season.
“It feels great to be named an MIAA Scholar Athlete and to have earned the MIAA academic excellence award,” Kukowski said. “It’s nice to see hard work pay off both on the field and in the classroom. I was very busy this semester, I am proud of myself for finding success in both areas.”
Kukowski has been playing softball since grade school.
“My favorite memory from this past season was simply having… (the) opportunity to be back out on the field competing,” Kukowski said. “It was great to get back to some normalcy, especially great to be back doing something that I love.”
Having family members that played softball, Griffith has been playing since she was a child and has continued her athletic career throughout her time in college.
“I would say my favorite moment is Easter weekend,” Griffith said. “We swept our opponents and coach Jenn’s family made us… (an) Easter meal that was amazing.”
The softball team ended the season with an overall 15-29 record (9-17 in MIAA play). The Gorillas did not advance to the MIAA post season tournament.
“I am so excited for this next season,” Griffith said. “We have a great team coming together.”