Ritacco, Brekke Collect weekly Awards

Karah Ritacco (l), Emily Brekke (r)
Karah Ritacco (l), Emily Brekke (r)

Wisconsin Lutheran College's Karah Ritacco and Concordia University Wisconsin's Emily Brekke have been named the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Position Player and Pitching Softball Student-Athletes of the Week for events of April 10-16, as selected by the league's sports information directors.

Ritacco (Chicago, Illinois) went 9-for-12 for an unprecedented .750 clip over four games last week for the Warriors. She had a hit in every game, including consecutive three-hit games while scoring five runs.

Brekke (Waterford, Wis.) threw a no-hitter in game one of Saturday's doubleheader against Marian University and posted a 3-0 record with a 0.93 ERA in 15 innings of work in three appearances last week. On Saturday against Marian she faced just one over the minimum in a five-inning no-hitter, finishing the game with eight strikeouts. She helped the Falcons secure the sweep by coming on for the final three innings of game two, punching out five.

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Other position player nominations: Courtney Grasz, Benedictine; Melissa Balkema, Concordia Chicago; Maddie Zazas, Concordia Wisconsin; Elizabeth Soter, Edgewood; Mackenzie Gray, Lakeland; Ally Fox, Marian; Emily Snow, MSOE; Lisa Blakeley-Snyder, Rockford;

Other pitching nominations: Nicole Parney, Benedictine; Julianne Nation, Concordia Chicago; Shannon Whitmus, Edgewood; Taylor Bush, Lakeland; Paige Rauhut, Marian; Shannon Curtis, MSOE.