Crater's Morrill named 5A player of year

A remarkable season and career with the Crater Comets ended with another honor for senior Emily Morrill.

The center fielder was recently named the Class 5A state softball player of the year after guiding the Comets to their second straight state championship. State runner-up Glencoe had the pitcher of the year in Jordyn Brown and coach of the year in Jacy Schmidt.

It was the second consecutive season the Comets had the state's top player, with Haley Hevern earning that honor a season ago.

Morrill, who was also the Southern Sky Conference's top performer, batted .364 with a .625 slugging percentage at the leadoff spot for Crater. The three-year starter also had a team-high 37 runs to go with 13 RBIs.

"It's very well deserved," said Crater coach Chris Arnold of Morrill's honor. "I know Emily always gives her best effort, so it's nice to see when other coaches recognize that."

Joining Morrill on the all-state list for Crater were first-teamers Ashleigh Larson (second base) and Brittany Reeves (pitcher). Sophomore infielder Kayla Hopkinson was named to the third team for the Comets, while senior outfielder Amanda Bates was an honorable mention pick.

Reeves, a junior, finished with a 17-6 record and 1.04 ERA on the mound. She struck out 170 batters — third most in Crater history for a single season — in 1342/3 innings, and she hit .333 with 11 RBIs.

Larson, a senior three-year starter, had team-highs in batting average (.442) and RBIs (24) to go with one home run.

"We were definitely well represented," said Arnold of his all-state competitors. "It was a tremendous year for the kids."

SSC-champion Ashland placed three on the all-state list in third-teamers Bella Pribyl (junior pitcher) and Kylie Cantrell (senior catcher) and honorable mention pick Sarah Silbowitz (junior infielder).

Pribyl, the SSC pitcher of the year, went 20-5 with a 0.72 ERA and 232 strikeouts.

Eagle Point senior first baseman Ashley Josephson was voted to the second team after batting .394 with five homers and 20 RBIs.

Grants Pass and Roseburg divvied up top honors at the 6A level.

Cavers sophomore Tara Glover was voted player of the year after leading GP to the school's first-ever state softball crown. Roseburg hurler Mikayla Endicott was named pitcher of the year and Tom Blanchard, in his first season guiding Grants Pass, was selected coach of the year.

"My gosh, I can't tell you how proud I am of all those girls for the season they had," said Blanchard. "Everyone that understands softball knows we had one of the better teams in the state. Sometimes those (coach of the year) honors go along with having such wonderful athletes. But I'm proud of the honor."

Glover, a two-time Southwest Conference player of the year, batted .442 with five home runs, 39 RBIs, 21 stolen bases and 46 runs.

"Lots of coaches, including myself, use hyperbole in talking about a player," Blanchard said, "but I got to see most of the best players in the state this year and there was not a better player or competitor than Tara. Just competing at the highest of levels under the most intense pressure — nobody comes close to her."

Glover was joined on the all-state list by first-team infielder Karleigh Prestianni (junior), second-team pitcher Morgan Barnes (sophomore) and second-team designated hitter/utility Chelsea Chamberlain (senior).

Endicott, who was last year's pitcher of the year, capped her senior campaign with a 21-4 mark and 0.29 ERA. She also fanned 354 batters, walked just 34 and yielded only 87 hits in 196 innings of work.

North Medford had one all-state competitor in senior infielder Bri Williams, who was selected to the honorable mention list.

In Class 4A, North Valley had one first-team competitor in junior Rachel Conard, while Hidden Valley placed six on the all-state list. Senior pitcher Angie Dangelo, senior catcher Nicole Harris and senior infielders Katie Struffert and Kendra Morgan each made the third team. Senior infielder Destinee Hernandez and sophomore outfielder Danyelle Wise were honorable mention picks.

Marist swept the top individual honors with pitcher Nyree White and infielder Kayla Braud taking home co-player of the year honors. Bob Hammitt was named coach of the year for the Spartans.

All-State Softball

Class 6A


Player of the year — Tara Glover, Grants Pass.

Pitcher of the year — Mikayla Endicott, Roseburg.

Coach of the year — Tom Blanchard, Grants Pass.

PITCHER — Mikayla Endicott, sr., Roseburg; Paige Hall, sr., Jesuit; Anna Bertrand, jr., McMinnville.

CATCHER — Shikara Lowe, jr., Jesuit; Kristen Connolly, sr., West Salem; Ashley Billingsley, sr., Gresham.

INFIELD — Gracie Barstad, sr., Canby; Karleigh Prestianni, jr., Grants Pass; Alyssa Nichols, jr., McMinnville; Kelsey VanderBergh, sr., Jesuit; Jessie Minch, sr., Grant; Janelle Cromie, sr., Tualatin.

OUTFIELD — Tara Glover, so., Grants Pass; Mary Claire Brenner, sr., Jesuit; Megan Rupp, sr., Southridge; Jade LeBaron, sr., Putnam.

DH/UTILITY — Bailee Niehus, jr., McMinnville.


PITCHER — Morgan Barnes, so., Grants Pass; Lauren Harvey, sr., Putnam.

CATCHER — Tori Walker, sr., Roseburg.

INFIELD — Samie Genskay, sr., Oregon City; Andrea Bailey, jr., Barlow; Ashley Garcia, so., Westview; Jordan Skinner, sr., Tualatin; Eryn Jacobson, sr., Hood River Valley; Nikki Bassett, jr., Roseburg.

OUTFIELD — Meredith Barnes, jr., South Salem; Jaydee Baxter, sr., Barlow; Whitney Harris, sr., Roseburg; Danielle Sayres, so., Putnam; Jenna Krogh, sr., Westview.

DH/UTILITY — Chelsea Chamberlain, sr., Grants Pass.


PITCHER — Kaitlin Inglesby, so., Central Catholic; Amy Greenough, sr., David Douglas; Juliette Wilson, sr., West Salem.

CATCHER — Maggie Sholian, sr., Lake Oswego; Ronni Sayres, sr., Putnam.

INFIELD — Chelsea Biglow, so., Tigard; Taylor Pangilinan, sr., Sheldon; Rocky Knuth, sr., North Salem; Kylee Muir, jr., Lincoln; Jessica Butkins, fr., Barlow; Teea Rodgers, jr., Sheldon.

OUTFIELD — Courtney Castronovo, so., McNary; Chloe Buerstatte, sr., Sheldon; Kylie Morin, sr., West Salem.

DH/UTILITY — Ashley Albers, sr., West Salem.


PITCHER — Bailey Rueck, sr., Grant; Amanda Najdek, so., Sunset; Dylan Mizer, sr., Westview; McKenzie Marshall, so., Oregon City; Emma Gronseth, jr., Forest Grove; Kelsey White, jr., South Salem.

CATCHER — Jessy Downey, jr., Sunset; Alexa Peterson, so., South Salem.

INFIELD — Meghan Lyons, so., Sunset; Missy Eberhardt, sr., Putnam; Crysta Conn, so., Roseburg; Bri Williams, sr., North Medford; Kristen Haugen, sr., South Salem.

OUTFIELD — Shannon Tucker, sr., Grant; Dusty Sanstrom, sr., Centennial; Brianna Winkle, sr., Oregon City; Amelia Bywater, sr., Tualatin; Brittni Wiseman, sr., Canby; Suzannah Von Trapp, sr., South Salem.

DH/UTILITY — Kellie Studer, sr., Westview; Sara Coates, jr., South Salem.

Class 5A


Player of the year — Emily Morrill, Crater.

Pitcher of the year — Jordyn Brown, Glencoe.

Coach of the year — Jacy Schmidt, Glencoe.

PITCHER — Jordyn Brown, sr., Glencoe; Megan Peterson, sr., Churchill; Brittany Reeves, jr., Crater.

CATCHER — Sami Keim, sr., Corvallis; Caitlin, sr., The Dalles-Wahtonka.

INFIELD — Sadie Lopez, jr., Hillsboro; Shawna Trussell, jr., Cleveland; Ashlie Allison, sr., Glencoe; Ashleigh Larson, sr., Crater; Aryn Grause, sr., Crescent Valley.

OUTFIELD — Emily Morrill, sr., Crater; Eeliyana Paraiso, sr., Century; Ashley Ricker, sr., St. Helens; Dacia Hale, jr., Glencoe.

DH/UTILITY — Kristen Breninger, sr., Cleveland.


PITCHER — Abbey Tollefson, jr., Hillsboro; Montana McNealy, fr., Century; Rylee Parke, so., The Dalles-Wahtonka.

CATCHER — Meghan Dendinger, jr., Glencoe; Megan Harvey, jr., North Eugene.

INFIELD — Cassie Lasswell, sr., Corvallis; Kylee Hancock, sr., West Albany; Jessica Plummer, jr., Churchill; Rose Ragsdale, sr., Lebanon; Ashley Josephson, sr., Eagle Point; Sydney Waite, so., Crook County.

OUTFIELD — Alyssa Gillespie, fr., Glencoe; Kayla Dell, sr., West Albany; Lindy Garrett, sr., The Dalles-Wahtonka; Jillian Dreher, so., Silverton; Brooke Davis, sr., Sherwood.

DH/UTILITY — Rebecca Lillegard, jr., Hillsboro.


PITCHER — Danielle Legee, so., Lebanon; Amanda Miller, sr., Thurston; Bella Pribyl, jr., Ashland.

CATCHER — Sarah Breninger, so., Cleveland; Kylie Cantrell, sr., Ashland.

INFIELD — Jessica Reis, sr., Silverton; Megan Lytle, sr., Dallas; Kayla Hopkinson, so., Crater; Maggie Haworth, so., Marshall; Chloe Alverson, sr., Thurston.

OUTFIELD — Sierra Lessel, sr., Churchill; Lacey Dixon, jr., West Albany; Darian Grigsby, so., Mazama; Carlen Washington, sr., Cleveland.

DH/UTILITY — Ali Edwards, jr., Mazama.


PITCHER — Heather Greig, sr., Cleveland; Alex Hillmick, so., Pendleton.

CATCHER — Jean Stevens, so., West Albany; Alyssa Peterson, sr., Thurston.

INFIELD — Sarah Silbowitz, jr., Ashland; Jordan Goschie, jr., Churchill; Jenn Sweet, jr., Summit; Courtney Hancock, sr., Hermiston; Danielle Harcourt, so., St. Helens.

OUTFIELD — Amanda Bates, sr., Crater; Cheyenne Thorne, fr., Marshall; Taylor Ficek, fr., North Eugene; Tia Smith, jr., Pendleton.

DH/UTILITY — Brittney Young, jr., Marshfield.

Class 4A


Co-players of the year — Nyree White, Marist; Kayla Braud, Marist.

Coach of the year — Bob Hammitt, Marist.

PITCHER — Nyree White, fr., Marist; Autumn Wedan, so., Henley; Taylor Whitmore, jr., South Umpqua.

CATCHER — Rachel Conard, jr., North Valley; Shaila Rivers, sr., Yamhill-Carlton.

INFIELD — Kayla Braud, jr., Marist; Amanda Krueger, jr., Scappoose; Brittany Bice, sr., South Umpqua; Rylee Peterson, sr., Newport; Sierra Patzke, sr., Henley; Amy Lepire, jr., North Marion.

OUTFIELD — Kayleen Hannaway, sr., Philomath; Kasaundra Ramirez, sr., Central; Katy King, sr., Douglas.

UTILITY — Abby Boyle, sr., Stayton.


PITCHER — Amber Knight, sr., McLoughlin; Sam Pack, so., North Marion; Chelsea Scheiber, jr., Tillamook.

CATCHER — Kayla Reay, sr., Marist; Kim Brown, sr., McLoughlin.

INFIELD — Amanda McLean, jr., Central; Tara Talbot, jr., Baker; Katie Bumgarner, jr., South Umpqua; Adrienne Waterman, fr., Central; Kelsie Didion, sr., McLoughlin; Emma Armstrong, jr., Tillamook.

OUTFIELD — Brittany Chestnutt, jr., Newport; Leslie Hancock, fr., Scappoosep; Elise Goodell, jr., Henley.

UTILITY — Triana Crane, sr., South Umpqua.


PITCHER — Elayna Hess, sr., Cascade; Angie Dangelo, sr., Hidden Valley; Brittany Wagner, sr., Gladstone.

CATCHER — Rachel Barnhart, sr., Cascade; Carly Duran, jr., Central; Nicole Harris, sr., Hidden Valley.

INFIELD — Kathryn Jones, sr., McLoughlin; Bailie Foxworthy, so., Gladstone; Danielle Gehrke, so., Marist; Katie Struffert, sr., Hidden Valley; Kendra Morgan, sr., Hidden Valley; Corissa Santos, sr., Gladstone; Lindsey Goodson, jr., South Umpqua.

OUTFIELD — Erica Parker, sr., South Umpqua; Mariah Mahon, fr., Henley; Brooke McAllister, sr., Marist.

UTILITY — Amanda Cole, jr., Central.


PITCHER — Sarah Ritacco, jr., Central; Jessi Driessen, sr., Henley; Katie Millard, sr., Newport; Cassidy Klippel, jr., Scappoose; Mikayla Mendenhall, fr., Sutherlin.

CATCHER — Luisa Nunez, jr., Stayton; Melody Blevins, jr., South Umpqua; Michelle Sconce, sr., Elmira; Jenny Denny, jr,. La Grande.

INFIELD — Kayla Rauschert, sr., Junction City; Ashley Edwards, fr., Cascade; Dani Dunham, sr., Yamhill-Carlton; Kourtney Hannaway, sr., Philomath; Destinee Hernandez, sr., Hidden Valley; Jessica Case, so., Douglas; Hillary Renz, jr., Sisters; Abby Pynch, sr., Stayton; Tessa Knight, so., Sutherlin.

OUTFIELD — Danyelle Wise, so., Hidden Valley; Amanda Hutchings, so., Sutherlin; Jessica Valencia, sr., Tillamook; Jenny Kaiser, jr., Sisters; Lindsey Vaughn, sr., Junction City; Shelby Hassey, so., La Grande; Moriah Spreeman, jr., Gladstone.

UTILITY — Boo Christman, jr., La Grande; Ashley Braden, jr., Yamhill-Carlton; Sam Stoneback, sr., Sisters.

Reach reporter Kevin Goff at 776-4483, or e-mail

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