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Sports notebook: Schmidt earns second team honor for Drake

New Life Academy graduate Rebekah Schmidt was among four Drake University softball players to earn Missouri Valley Conference honors at the 2014 MVC softball awards banquet last week in Normal, Ill. Schmidt, of Cottage Grove, was named to the all-MVC second team.

Schmidt has settled in to the ace role in the circle for the Bulldogs as she has won nine of her last 10 decisions. She is 16-11 overall along with a 3.48 earned run average and 134 strikeouts. The junior has 436 career strikeouts, which ranks fifth all-time in Drake history. Schmidt is also producing at the plate this year with a .255 batting average, six home runs, six doubles and 21 RBIs.