On Wednesday, North Dakota State senior pitcher Paige Vargas and sophomore outfielder Emilee Buringa were named to the 2022 Summit League Softball Academic All-League Team. This is Buringa’s first time earning the honor and Vargas’ second time (Also earned the honor in 2020).
Buringa was a Second Team All-Summit League selection this season after starting every game at center field for the Bison. The St. Charles, Minn., native was also voted to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team in May and currently holds a 4.0 grade point average (GPA) in Education. She ended the season with a .298 batting average, seven home runs, 37 RBIs, and 44 runs with 27 walks and a .415 on base percentage.
Vargas also earned Second Team All-Summit League honors this season for the second time in her career. The Mission Viejo, California, native has a 3.80 grade-point average majoring in Exercise Science. She made 32 pitching appearances posting a 16-10 record with a 2.21 earned run average. Vargas threw 171 ⅓ innings with five shutouts throughout the season.
In order to be eligible for the Academic All-League team, a student athlete must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30, competed in at least one academic year at their current institution along with participating in 50 percent of their team’s competitions, except pitcher who are required to participate in at least 20 percent of their program’s games.
2022 Softball Academic All-Summit League Team
Name School Year Hometown GPA Major/Minor
Mia Hoveland Kansas City Sr. McFarland, Wis. 3.64 Health Sciences
Ashley Thorne Kansas City Sr. Valley Center, Kan. 4.00 Mechanical Engineering
Emilee Buringa North Dakota State So. St. Charles, Minn. 4.00 Education
Paige Vargas* North Dakota State Sr. Mission Viejo, Calif. 3.80 Exercise Science
Izzy Eltze Omaha So. Crete, Neb. 4.00 Architectural Engineering
Kamryn Meyer Omaha Jr. Wilton, Iowa 3.58 Early Childhood Education
Lynsey Tucker Omaha Jr. Lincoln, Neb. 3.95 Kinesiology
Sarah Hudson St. Thomas Sr. Corcoran, Minn. 3.85 Civil Engineering
Courtney Wilson* South Dakota Sr. Grand Island, Neb. 4.00 Elementary/Special Education
Grace Glanzer* South Dakota State So. Sioux Falls, S.D. 3.96. Early Childhood Education
Tori Kniesche South Dakota State So. Wayne, Neb. 3.83. Physical/Teacher Education
Cheyanne Masterson South Dakota State So. Hartford, S.D. 3.85 Ecology/Environmental Science
Emma Osmundson South Dakota State So. Sioux Falls, S.D. 3.94 Human Biology
Allison Yoder* South Dakota State Jr. Urbandale, Iowa 3.98 Physical/Teacher Education
Abby Carlin** Western Illinois Gr. Huxley, Iowa 3.99 Math and Chemistry
*Previous Academic All-League honoree