The Heritage softball team was recently recognized for its outstanding academic achievements.

The Lady Generals, led by head coach Steve Chattin, had 10 players honored as NFCA Academic All-Americans for the 2011-2012 school-year, and finished ninth overall academically in the nation as team.

According to the association website, the award is bestowed upon any player submitted by a member coach who achieved a 3.5 grade point average or higher.

Players honored include Brandy Goldsmith (Class of 2012), Class of 2013 seniors Jesslyn Stockard, Savannah Goldsmith, Allison Walker, Allison Vaughn and Kristin West; junior Katie Pritchett and sophomores Lauren Lawson, Addison Rose and Shea Headrick.

Chattin said he couldn’t say enough about his team that had a combined GPA of 3.695. That doesn’t include the current freshmen class.

"It’s always a nice honor for the school and the girls because they’re suppose to be student athletes," he said. "Sometimes we get caught up in recognizing the athletic part and not the student part."

Chattin said he was proud to say his softball team has great students. He said he has very rarely had to address any problems in the classrooms with his players.

"They’re winners on the field and they’re winners off the field," he said. "I think a lot of it starts with the importance they put on their academics. It goes through all the classes."

Chattin said he was proud of all the girls on his team for doing their part.

"When you finish ninth in the country it takes a total team effort," he said.