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Batters named hockey All-American

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UW-River Falls' sophomore forward Katie Batters of Champlin, Minn., has been named to the American Hockey Coaches Association CCM Hockey West All-American second team.

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Batters led the Falcons with 19 goals and 32 points this season. She picked up two assists in the team's 4-2 win over Adrian in the NCHA O'Brien Cup championship game, and she scored a goal in the team's 4-2 loss to Gustavus Adolphus in a NCAA playoff game.

Earlier this year she was named to the All-NCHA team. Batters is the 10th Falcon to earn All-American honors in the 13 year history of the sport.

"Katie was one of our hardest workers this year," Falcon coach Joe Cranston said. "She's a great forechecker and backchecker. She was our leading scorer all year, and was our 'go to' player. Her fast, physical play was a big part of our team's success this year."

Six members of the Falcon women's hockey team have also been named to the 2012 NCHA All-Academic team.

Junior Amanda Ryder of Menomonie, junior Alyssa Jackson of Cambridge, Minn., and junior Jamie Weiss of Hermantown, Minn., were all named for the second straight year, while sophomore Brook Story of Warroad, Minn., sophomore Kait Mason of Eagan, Minn., and sophomore Ashley Kuechle of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan were all named for the first time.

Ryder is majoring in health and human performance, while Jackson and Weiss are majoring in biology. Story is majoring in social work, Mason in marketing communications and Kuechle in health and human performance.

To be named to the team a player must have achieved sophomore academic standing, have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.2 and be recommended by her head coach.

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