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Neubauer and DeLuca recognized by NJCAA

Waubonsee pair named NJCAA Division II Softball All-Americans

Neubauer and DeLuca recognized by NJCAA

Neubauer and DeLuca recognized by NJCAA

Waubonsee Community College softball players Courtni Neubauer and Alycia DeLuca were both recognized by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) for their outstanding play this past Spring. Neubauer was selected to the NJCAA Division II All-American Second Team, while DeLuca was named a Third Team All-American. The duo helped propel Waubonsee (37-20) to an undefeated Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference title, the Region IV Division II District B title for the first time in school history, and a berth in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament.

The Chiefs’ leadoff hitter, Neubauer was in the top-10 nationally in four categories including leading all NJCAA Division II players with 47 walks drawn. The sophomore from Burlington Central High School finished second in the nation with a Waubonsee single-season record of 71 stolen bases in 74 attempts. Neubauer also established a new Waubonsee career mark for stolen bases by swiping 109 bags in 115 attempts the last two years. The left-handed batter was also second nationally with 95 runs scored and ended up seventh nationally with a .580 on-base percentage. Neubauer batted .462 for the season, and was second on the team with 79 hits in a team-leading 171 at bats over 56 games played.

DeLuca batted .465 for the season driving in 65 runs and compiling a .722 slugging percentage. The Bolingbrook High School graduate smacked 12 doubles, a pair of triples and seven home runs in 46 games played. In the circle the right-handed hurler won 14 games with a 2.92 earned-run-average over 22 appearances. DeLuca struck out 121 batters in 131 and two-thirds innings of work, while opponents batted just .212 against her. Defensively, the sophomore middle infielder made only one error all season, posting a .987 fielding percentage.