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Kayla Bonawitz
Kayla Bonawitz

Shippensburg University senior outfielder Kayla Bonawitz (Palmyra, Pa./Palmyra) was chosen Thursday for the 2020 Academic All-District® 2 Softball Team. The position is a prestigious scholastic award selected by the College Sports Information Directors Association of America (CoSIDA).

Bonawitz, a biology major concentrating in pre-physical therapy, maintained a 3.73 cumulative grade-point average (GPA) while in her final semester of college this spring. She has been accepted into the nationally-ranked School of Physical Therapy at Drexel for graduate school.

Career statistics were used to select this year’s Academic All-District award winners, a change from the routine of identifying honorees based on their current season of competition. Bonawitz is a two-time All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) performer and a 2019 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Region Second Team honoree. She suited up in 152 career games for the Raiders and made 151 starts.

The Palmyra native posted a .335 career batting average over the course of 498 at-bats. She totaled 29 doubles, six triples and 51 RBIs. Bonawitz scored 108 runs, totaled 167 hits, stole 37 bases, recorded 24 successful sacrifices, and compiled a .369 on-base percentage.

In 14 games as a senior in 2020, Bonawitz hit .365 with seven extra-base hits, seven RBIs, 11 runs scored and four stolen bases.

Bonawitz is the first Raider softball player to be named to the Academic All-District® team since senior Tara Bicko in 2018. Bicko just completed her second year of study in the occupational therapy doctorate program at Slippery Rock.

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About the CoSIDA program

The CoSIDA Academic All-America® program separately recognizes baseball and softball honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and the NAIA.

CoSIDA Academic All-District® teams are divided into geographic districts across the United States and Canada. Shippensburg is in District 2, which features all schools from the PSAC, Mountain East Conference (MEC) and Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA).

Honorees selected first-team Academic All-District® will advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® ballot. Academic All-America® honorees will be announced from June 8-11.

The Division II and III CoSIDA Academic All-America® programs are partially financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2019-20 Divisions II and III Academic All-America® programs.

For more information about CoSIDA’s Academic All-District® and Academic All-America® Teams program, visit AcademicAllAmerica.com.


Bill Morgal is sports information director at Shippensburg.

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