Former Desert Ridge softball player named Div. III All-American
Former Desert Ridge outfielder Christina Smith was named an Academic All-American as a member of the Concordia University (Texas) softball program, which competes at the NCAA Division III level. She is the school’s first academic All-American in any sport.
Smith, a biology major with a 4.00 cumulative grade point average, has been honorably mentioned for All-American Southwest Conference laurels twice. The former Jaguar and Mesa Community College transfer finished this season hitting .358 with 35 runs scored and seven stolen bases, 21 walks and nine runs batted in.
Smith was named a 2012 National Fastpitch Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete Team selection and has worked as a peer tutor and student assistant in the sports information department while also volunteering her time at multiple Special Olympics Texas events, including flag football and bowling.
Smith, who also carries a minor in chemistry, was also named to the ASC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete Team and was the college’s female recipient of the 2012-13 ASC Scholar-Athlete Medal of Honor award for compiling the most outstanding record in academics, athletics and leadership over her collegiate career.