North Idaho College pitcher Kelcey Cavan of Billings, Mont., was recently selected to the United States of America/National Junior College Athletic Association team in the World University Games.
Cavan is one of 15 current and former softball standouts that will travel to Bangkok, Thailand Aug. 11-17 to participate in the games, which are like the Olympic Games except among university students, featuring participants from more than 200 countries in 20 different sports.
In the softball division of the games, two pools of five teams will participate in a round-robin format. The top four teams from each pool will advance to a bracketed tournament, which will be played over the final three days of the games.
Team USA/NJCAA will be in Group B with Japan, Australia, Korea and the Czech Republic. Group A comprises Thailand, Chinese Taipei, South Africa, Canada and Italy.
The games will be played at the softball stadium at Srinakharinwirot University and the softball field at Thammasat University.
The USA/NJCAA team is composed of players from Arizona, Tennessee, Florida and Idaho, which were selected by a panel of NJCAA coaches. The team will participate in several practice sessions and exhibition games on the Chattanooga State Technical Community College campus in Tennessee July 11-15.
Cavan, a two-time first team All-Region 18 selection, led NIC to back-to-back Region 18 titles and back-to-back national tournament appearances in 2006-2007 and 2005-2006. This season, she helped her team place second at the NJCAA Tournament, clinching the second highest team finish in NIC history and a 46-26 record on the season. Cavan was selected to the All-Region second team with a nation-leading 404 strikeouts in 296 innings and earned NJCAA All-Tournament honors. Cavan’s career highlights are a 2.31 earned run average and 583 strikeouts in 476 innings pitched. She will be playing for the University of Washington next season.