Posted Online: May 25, 2011, 8:00 pm

More honors for Nelson, Warner

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Photo: Illinois State University Sports Information
Kara Nelson, Moline graduate and Illinois State University second baseman
Photo: Illinois State University Sports Information
Megan Warner, Sherrard graduate and Illinois State University pitcher
Already named first-team All-Missouri Valley Conference, Illinois State University softball players Kara Nelson and Megan Warner added to their personal trophy cases this week.

Nelson, a senior second baseman from Moline, was named second-team All-Mideast Region by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. That honor came just before the conference champs ended their 36-19 campaign in the postseason over the weekend.

Warner, a Sherrard product and junior pitcher, added to her league ledger earlier this week by being named to the MVC's 12-player All-Scholar Athlete Team.

Warner, who outdueled Big Ten Pitcher of the Year Morgan Melloh of Indiana in the postseason, was honored for posting a 3.76 grade-point average in exercise science. Candidates need a 3.2 GPA or higher and at least be a sophomore. The league's softball sports information directors vote for the award.

Nelson, recently named the league's MVP for a second time, finished her sensational college career with school records in several hitting categories.The four-time all-conference first-team selection hit over .400 this season to lead the Redbirds.