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Ellertson nominated for NCAA

HANCOCK, MICH. -- River Falls High School graduate Alisha Ellertson has been nominated for the prestigious 2011 NCAA Woman of the Year award.

Ellertson participated in soccer, hockey, and softball at Finlandia University. Following the 2010-2011 school year, she graduated with a degree in criminal justice from Finlandia while maintaining a sparkling 3.53 cumulative grade point average. She was named a 2010-11 National Scholar Athlete earlier this year.

The NCAA Woman of the Year award honors outstanding female student-athletes who have excelled in academics, athletics, leadership and community service. The NCAA sent a letter to Ellertson honoring her great accomplishments. By acknowledging and commemorating the highest levels of achievement, this award highlights the success of exceptional female student-athletes.

All the nominees will be recognized on the NCAA Women of the Year website ( The top 30 honorees (10 each from Divisions I, II and III) will be announced in late August. The NCAA Woman of the Year for 2011 will be announced during an awards dinner on Sunday, Oct. 16, in Indianapolis.

Ellertson was nominated by Finlandia University Assistant Athletic Director and Head Women's Hockey coach Heather Reinke.

Ellertson is a 2006 graduate of River Falls High School and was a member of the very first St. Croix Valley Fusion girls' hockey team as a senior, when she earned honorable mention to the Wisconsin Girls Hockey Coaches Association All-State Team.

Ellertson led the Finlandia women's hockey team in scoring this season and was named the team's Most Valuable Player.