Kent State senior softball star Maddy Grimm has been named a Fastpitch News Honorable Mention All-American after completing one of the best careers in Mid-American Conference history.
Grimm set single-season KSU records with 19 home runs (also set in 2015), 55 RBI, 51 walks (also a MAC record), 61 games played and 60 games started in 2017. Her 50 runs scored and 123 total bases rank second in school history, coming within one of records she set in 2016. Grimm also led the Flashes with a .329 batting average, 12 doubles, a .778 slugging percentage and a .498 on-base percentage.
Grimm was among the national leaders in home runs (8th), walks (10th), walks per game (19th), RBI per game (19th), slugging percentage (28th), total bases (38th) and on-base percentage (43rd). She led the MAC in home runs, RBI, walks, slugging percentage and on-base percentage, while ranking second in runs scored and total bases.
A third baseman who starred at Ligonier Valley High School in Pennsylvania, Grimm is currently in her rookie season with the Akron Racers after being selected with the 23rd overall pick in the National Pro Fastpitch draft.
Grimm was part of an outstanding Kent State senior class that won a program-record 136 games over the past four seasons, earned back-to-back MAC regular season championships in 2015 and 2016 and a MAC Tournament crown in 2017. The Flashes went 1-2 in NCAA Regional play last month.
Grimm finished her career as the MAC's all-time leader in walks (133), second in runs scored (172), home runs (69), RBI (192) and slugging percentage (.769). She is also Kent State's record holder in on-base percentage (.455) and total bases (456), while ranking second in doubles (43), games played (212) and games started (209).
Kent State landed a conference-high 11 players on the 2017 Academic All-MAC team, tying a program record set last year.
Luke Burch, Reilly Hawkins, Josh Hollander, Mason Mamarella, Joey Murray, Dylan Rosa, Jared Skolnicki, Zach Spangler, Zach Willeman, Connor Wollersheim and Robert Zeigler each earned recognition for their efforts both on the field and in the classroom.
The Flashes captured MAC regular season titles the past two years.
TRACK AND FIELD
Kent State's Clark Bookman, a former Field High School star, qualified for the 2017 USATF Junior Outdoor Championships with the sixth-best time in the nation in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. The event will be held June 22-24 in Sacramento.
Bookman finished ninth in the event as a freshman at the 2017 MAC Outdoor Championships.
Kent State's Ines Delpech has been named an At-Large Second Team Academic All-American. She is the fourth student-athlete in KSU history to earn the honor, joining men's golfer Kevin Kraft (1994) and women's golfers Gabby Wedding (2004, 2005) and Martina Gavier (2010), and is the first field hockey student-athlete recognized since 1994.
The junior from Argentina maintains a perfect 4.0 GPA while majoring in sociology. Delpech was named a 2016 NFHCA Third Team All-American this past season while leading the Flashes to MAC Tournament and regular season titles for the third straight year.
After spending last season as a graduate assistant for Kent State, Galal Cancer has landed a job with the MAC office.
Cancer played one season as a graduate transfer for the Flashes in 2015-16, after lettering the previous three years at Cornell. The 6-foot-2 guard averaged six points per game and shot 36 percent from 3-point range in his one year at KSU.
Jon Fleming, a senior guard on Kent State's 2017 MAC Tournament championship team, will take over as the Flashes' graduate assistant in 2017-18.