A Pair of Bison Softball Players Have Been Named to the All-Summit League Academic Team

North Dakota State Athletics
North Dakota State Athletics

     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