Southern Oregon players highlighted the list of all-state softball honors released Tuesday, and none more than at the Class 6A level where Grants Pass swept the top three awards and North Medford landed two players on the first team.
Coming off their second state championship in three years, the Cavers garnered the 6A awards for player of the year (Tara Glover), pitcher of the year (Morgan Barnes) and coach of the year (Tom Blanchard). Catcher Tia Misfeldt joined her senior teammates on the all-state first team, which also included North Medford's McKenna Storey and Logan Hagey.
The only other local first-team honor came at the 3A level, with junior outfielder Dakota Coldsmith getting the nod for Rogue River.
"They're just a quality program," Black Tornado head coach Mike Mayben said of the Cavers, who finished second to North in the Southwest Conference standings. "The kids they have are an extremely hard-working group."
Two of Barnes' three losses came in SWC play against the Black Tornado, and the Boise State-bound senior finished with 19 wins and a 0.34 ERA. She struck out 273 in 146 innings. Glover, who has signed with Utah, hit .594 with 30 RBIs to go with 11 doubles, 10 triples and two home runs.
"Those are two definite Division I players," added Mayben. "Morgan really is a kid that carries herself extremely well. She's very competitive but at the same time has a great respect for the game and the people in it. And Tara has the whole package. She can hit for power but also bunt and is real fast. She can cover the field as well as anyone I've seen."
"You've also got to give a lot of credit to Tom," said Mayben. "He won two state titles in three years and kept that group together and helped them become better players over the course of those three years. I've been impressed by what Tom's been able to accomplish and it's really forced everybody else to follow suit and mold their programs in the same way."
For Storey, the first-team honor was the second straight for the North Medford center fielder. She hit a team-best .537 in league and .510 overall, with an on-base percentage of .573 for the season that was only a fraction better than in league (.571). She scored 21 of her 35 runs and had 16 of her 26 RBIs in SWC play, and boasted a perfect fielding percentage in league.
"She was a great leader and got our outfield really focused," said Mayben. "You can't say enough about the range she had in the outfield just purely by knowledge of the game and anticipating where they were going to hit it. I don't think she has any idea how good of a player she really is, so first-team recognition two straight years says a lot. But at the same time, she's just a humble kid that's great to be around."
Hagey's spot on the designated hitter/utility list was a little more surprising, if only for the fact that the junior missed all of last season after suffering a knee injury during volleyball season. She returned to hit .435 in league with a .519 on-base percentage and .405 overall. Half of her 16 RBIs came in SWC play and she finished with 17 runs scored and seven doubles.
"She's always been a strong kid and yet she hits consistently, too," said Mayben. "I think her numbers kinda demonstrate that."
Hagey began the season in right field but primarily played third base toward the end of the season for the SWC champions.
Teammate Amanda Wolfe, who led the Tornado with 27 RBIs to go with a .344 batting average, was named to the second team as a junior catcher, while sophomore pitcher Kelsie Bartley and senior shortstop Jenna Stevens were third-team selections. Grants Pass' D Jantzer was also on the third team while fellow infielder Hannah Fischer was an honorable mention choice.
At the 5A level, Crater's Renee Murphy and Dennae Grant set the pace for the locals with second-team selections.
Murphy faced the formidable task of replacing Brittany Reeves, last year's 5A pitcher of the year, and fared well inside the circle by going 7-1 in conference and 13-5 overall with a 1.50 ERA. She had 106 strikeouts in 126 innings.
"She really grew this year as a pitcher," said Crater head coach Chris Arnold. "She wanted to be the person who got the ball and she carried the bulk of the load for us this year."
The sophomore also batted cleanup for the Comets, hitting .471 with a .733 slugging percentage to go with 25 RBIs and 22 runs scored. She led the team in extra-base hits with three homers, four triples and nine doubles.
"She came up at big times for us as well and definitely was a clutch hitter for us," added Arnold.
Grant, a junior center fielder, led the Comes with 29 runs to go with a .362 batting average and .417 on-base percentage from the leadoff spot. Her 34 hits were second on the team and she added 10 stolen bases.
"She finds ways to get on and she's very good at creating offense," said Arnold. "She's an aggressive baserunner and makes things happen on the bases."
The Comets also received a trio of third-team selections in junior Sarah Haga (catcher), senior Kayla Hopkinson (first base) and freshman Malorie Mitchell (shortstop). Teammates Taylor Mackey (second base) and Emily Medina (left field) were honorable mention choices, along with Eagle Point junior pitcher Chloe Hanson.
In 4A, Phoenix senior Chandler Tally was named to the all-state second team as an outfielder, with senior teammate Jordan Peery (utility) named to the third team and honorable mention nods going to senior Kirstin Stroud (pitcher), Kourtney Scoggins (catcher) and Mackenzie Welburn (infield).
North Valley junior Kendra Peckham was also an honorable mention catcher.
Joining Coldsmith on the 3A list was Rogue River senior McKenzie Cates, who was an honorable mention pitcher.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR — Tara Glover, Grants Pass.
PITCHER OF THE YEAR — Morgan Barnes, Grants Pass.
COACH OF THE YEAR — Tom Blanchard, Grants Pass.
PITCHER — Morgan Barnes, Grants Pass, sr.; Kaitlin Inglesby, Central Catholic, sr.; Jessica Moore, Sunset, so.
CATCHER — Tia Misfeldt, Grants Pass, sr.; Lauran Bliss, South Salem, so.; Ally Noble, Clackamas, sr.
INFIELD — Hannah Bouska, McNary, sr.; Alexa Peterson, South Salem, sr.; Hailey Decker, McNary, so.; Taylor Belmont, Oregon City, sr.; Chelsea Biglow, Tigard, sr.
OUTFIELD — Tara Glover, Grants Pass, sr.; Sam Nelson, Jesuit, sr.; Courtney Castronovo, McNary, sr.; McKenna Storey, North Medford, sr.
DESIGNATED HITTER/UTILITY — Sarah Bigej, Clackamas, so.; Logan Hagey, North Medford, jr.
PITCHER — McKenzie Marshall, Oregon City, sr.; Erin Hento, McNary, sr.
CATCHER — Tasha Silvius, Sunset, jr.; Amanda Wolfe, North Medford, jr.; Genetta Bennett, McNary, sr.
INFIELD — Meghan Lyons, Sunset, sr.; Sara Del Balzo, Sunset, sr.; Kate Schimmel, Oregon City, sr.; Aubrey Nitschelm, Redmond, jr.; Lauren Donovan, South Salem, jr.
OUTFIELD — Katie Aden, Tigard, sr.; Heather Winslow, Oregon City, jr.; Amanda Evola, Westview, jr.; Kristina Trindle, Sunset, sr.
PITCHER — Kelsie Bartley, North Medford, so.; Amanda Najdek, Sunset, sr.
CATCHER — Kayla Luken, Westview, so.; Leslie Terada, Southridge, so.; Kelsey Kaelin, Tigard, jr.
INFIELD — Taylor Copher, Sandy, so.; Shauna Collins, Roseburg, sr.; Jenna Stevens, North Medford, sr.; Ashley Garcia, Westview, sr.; D Jantzer, Grants Pass, sr.
OUTFIELD — Kaley Stauff, South Salem, so.; Danielle Sayres, Putnam, sr.; Meghan Luebbert, Sandy, fr.; Jenny Lutton, Grant, sr.; Caitlyn Frasier, Lake Oswego, sr.
DESIGNATED HITTER/UTILITY — Mary Depner, sr., Canby
PITCHER — Marissa Reichard, Forest Grove, so.; MG Bywater, Tualatin, jr.; Holly Fenwick, Sandy, sr.; Serenil Sierra, Aloha, jr.
CATCHER — Gabby Stover, Reynolds, sr.; Faith Evenson, Forest Grove, sr.; Ashley Serdar, Milwaukie, sr.; Jennie Archambault, Lincoln, sr.
INFIELD — Emily Snodgrass, Canby, sr.; Katy Brosig, Forest Grove, sr.; Hannah Fischer, Grants Pass, sr.; Taylor Jones, McNary, sr.; Karly Leveque, West Linn, so.
OUTFIELD — Olivia Yarbrough, McNary, so.; Abby Komin, Southridge, jr.; Nicole Friedemann, Canby, jr.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR — Ashley Worthey, Century.
PITCHER OF THE YEAR — Sloan Anderson, Glencoe.
COACH OF THE YEAR — Jacy Jukkala, Glencoe
PITCHER — Sloan Anderson, Glencoe, sr.; Rylee Parke, The Dalles-Wahtonka, sr.; Alex Hillmick, Pendleton, sr.; Montana McNealy, Century, jr.
CATCHER — Ashley Worthey, Century, sr.; Sarah Breninger, Cleveland, sr.
INFIELD — Darian Grigsby, Mazama, sr.; Chelan Guischer, The Dalles-Wahtonka, jr.; Jordan Kreiger, Glencoe, jr.; Alyssa Davis, Glencoe, so.; Stephanie Meeuwsen, Liberty, so.
OUTFIELD — Alyssa Gillespie, Glencoe, jr.; Heather Meeuwsen, Liberty, jr.; Tayler Ficek, North Eugene, jr.; Jessi Lindsey, Pendleton, sr.
UTILITY — Katherine Kramer, The Dalles-Wahtonka, fr.
PITCHER — Leah Butters, Cleveland, jr.; Heather Connelly, West Albany, so.; Renee Murphy, Crater, so.
CATCHER — Tre' Sullivan, Glencoe, jr.; Jean Stevens, West Albany, sr.
INFIELD — Haley Hibbs, Silverton, so.; Kayleen Gary, West Albany, jr.; Becca McGrath, Pendleton, jr.; Maggie Haworth, Marshall, sr.; Brittany Hendrickson, Thurston, jr.
OUTFIELD — Danielle Harcourt, St Helens, sr.; Leini Alger, Pendleton, sr.; Dennae Grant, Crater, jr.; Alex Posey, Dallas, sr.
UTILITY — Alex Flores, Liberty, fr.
PITCHER — Cynde Postma, Dallas, sr.; Christine Hatley, Silverton, jr.; Kelli Demianew, Pendleton, sr.
CATCHER — Sarah Haga, Crater, jr.; JoElla Smith, Madras, jr.; Kelsey Simmons, Silverton, jr.
INFIELD — Kayla Hopkinson, Crater, sr.; Melanie Schoepp, Cleveland, sr.; Morgan McVein, Thurston, jr.; Lauren Short, Madras, jr.; Malorie Mitchell, Crater, fr.
OUTFIELD — Sammi Coates, Century, jr.; Joanie Pioli, Cleveland, jr.; Rise Campbell, Marshfield, sr.; Courtney Martin, West Albany, sr.
UTILITY — Laura Lesowke, Cleveland, so.
PITCHER — Chloe Hanson, Eagle Point, jr.; Samantha Edwards, Marshall, sr.; Danielle Duman, Churchill, fr.; Hannah Muller, Sherwood, sr.
CATCHER — Kaitlyn Anderson, Churchill, jr.
INFIELD — Taylor Mackey, Crater, sr.; Marranda Santiago, Marshall, sr.; Rachel Willoughby, Thurston, jr.; McKenna Welch, Wilsonville, sr.; Jennie Murillo, Sherwood, fr.; Lauren Wickwire, Crescent Valley, jr.; Anne Diercks, West Albany, so.; Kiara Vasquez, West Albany, so.; Jillian Dreher, Silverton, sr.
OUTFIELD — Michelle Moulton, Mazama, sr.; Kayla Stevens, Thurston, so.; Emily Medina, Crater, sr.; Jessica Adams, Cleveland, jr.; K.T. Clark, The Dalles-Wahtonka, jr.
UTILITY — LeAnn Valenta, Mazama, so.; Lexi Jennings, Thurston, fr.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR — Kaylin Vandomelen, Banks.
PITCHER OF THE YEAR — Jessica Slate, Cascade.
COACH OF THE YEAR — Tim Ganfield, Cascade.
PITCHER — Jessica Slate, Cascade, jr.; Nyree White, Marist, jr.; Melissa Masters, Banks, so.
CATCHER — McKenzie Beeson, Cascade, jr.; Taylor Walker, Sisters, so.
INFIELD — Bailie Foxworthy, Gladstone, sr.; Ashley Edwards, Cascade, jr.; Brittany Grant, Henley, sr.; Jordan Huffman, Central, sr.; Tess Knight, Sutherlin, sr.; Amber Milliman, Sisters, jr.
OUTFIELD — Kaylin Vandomelen, Banks, fr.; Tori Brown, Baker, jr.; Alison Behrends, Marist, so.; Morgan Hunter, Cascade, so.
UTILITY — Dara Kosanke, Sisters, sr.
PITCHER — Jenny Yano, Ontario, jr.; Mikayla Mendenhall, Sutherlin, jr.; Emily Kenyon, Central, so.
CATCHER — Amanda Boyd, Marist, jr.; Jenny Tracy, La Grande, so.
INFIELD — Hannah Ganfield, Cascade, so.; Danielle Gehrke, Marist, sr.; Molly McClaughry, Junction City, sr.; Emili Riggs, Sweet Home, so.; Randi Kostner, Sutherlin, sr.; Kalyn Odman, McLoughlin, so.
OUTFIELD — Ashley Callahan, Stayton, so.; Kelsea Knee, Sutherlin, fr.; Chandler Tally, Phoenix, sr.; Breanne Kottre, Cascade, jr.
UTILITY — Marla Gooding, Banks, so.
PITCHER — Megan Alexander, Gladstone, sr.; Rylee Carleton, Henley, jr.; Leah Cram, Yamhill-Carlton, sr.
CATCHER — Tiffani Rosemeyer, Sutherlin, so.; Aubrey Rue, Banks, fr.
INFIELD — Leslie Hancock, Scappoose, jr.; Adrienne Pace, Henley, so.; Andrea Roeder, McLoughlin, sr.; Mariah Mahon, Henley, jr.; Ashley Grucza, Cascade, sr.; Lindsay Ferreira, Marist, sr.
OUTFIELD — Megan Driessen, Henley, sr.; Natalie Larsen, Banks, so.; Megan Dodds, Newport, sr.; Shelby Hasse, La Grande, sr.
UTILITY — Jordan Peery, Phoenix, sr.
PITCHER — Kirstin Stroud, Phoenix, sr.; Morgen Sukanen, North Marion, sr.; Meranda Zanni, Douglas, fr.; Bayli Riggs, Sweet Home, jr.
CATCHER — Kendra Peckham, North Valley, jr.; Kourtney Scoggins, Phoenix, sr.; Shelbey Gillespie, Sweet Home, jr.; Becca Joseph, Baker, sr.
INFIELD — Cortney Player, Yamhill-Carlton, sr.; Shelby Haskell, Astoria, sr.; Danielle Upton, Elmira, jr.; Mackenzie Welburn, Phoenix, sr.; Shannon Sloniker, Sutherlin, so.; Clarisa Lumbreras, Central, so.; Stephanie Baker, McLoughlin, sr.; Rebecca Christenson, Yamhill-Carlton, so.; Cassidy Hoglund, Scappoose, fr.; Laura Luther, Newport, jr.; Allison Yano, Ontario, sr.
OUTFIELD — Kasey Strenke, Siuslaw, jr.; Sarah Wyatt, Sweet Home, so.; Alyssa Saucedo, North Marion, sr.; Adrianna Gonzalez, Central, so.; Alyssa Harrington, McLoughlin, jr.
UTILITY — Rachael Michaelis, Yamhill-Carlton, jr.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR — Alexa Skinner, Glide.
PITCHER OF THE YEAR — Caralyn Chewning, Willamina.
COACH OF THE YEAR — Brad Chewning, Willamina
PITCHER — Caralyn Chewning, Willamina, sr.; Marissa Duarte, Glide, jr.
CATCHER — Alexa Skinner, Glide, jr.; Hana Wright, Valley Catholic, jr.
FIRST BASE — Sammie Bowman, Willamina, jr.
INFIELD — McKenzie Shrum, Glide, so.; Marisa Gonzalez, Nyssa, so.; Chelsea Lambert, Valley Catholic, sr.; Whitney Koehnke, Regis, so.
OUTFIELD — Jordan Aberle, Rainier, sr.; Dakota Coldsmith, Rogue River, jr.; Jill Suratt, Valley Catholic, sr.; Aly Hammond, Jefferson, sr.
UTILITY — Gecy Bowman, Willamina, jr.
PITCHER — Emily Perlich, Regis, jr.; Kindra Mills, Valley Catholic, jr.; Kylee Crape, Rainier, fr.
CATCHER — Bailey Jackson, Rainier, jr.; Kaley Ferrill, Harrisburg, sr.
FIRST BASE — Quincey Davis, Santiam Christian, sr.
INFIELD — MacKinsey Nash, Grant Union, jr.; Kelsey Jeffries, Glide, so.; Katherine Zuber, Gold Beach, sr.; Jasmine Gomez, Nyssa, sr.
OUTFIELD — Lindsey McDonald, Gold Beach, jr.; Brianna Mullen, Dayton, jr.; Becca Baglai, Valley Catholic, so.; Kayla Nelson, Riverside, sr.
UTILITY — Gabby Stricker, Gervais, jr.
PITCHER — McKenzie Cates, Rogue River, sr.; Shelby Drago, Riverside, sr.; Shannon Croghan, Grant Union, jr.
CATCHER — Becky Hernandez, Nyssa, sr.
FIRST BASE — Kayla Zuber, Gold Beach, sr.
INFIELD — Kiersten Hendrix, Santiam Christian, sr.; Amanda Schlupe, Vale, sr.; Grace Dempster, Horizon Christian, jr.; Maggie Hastreiter, Valley Catholic, sr.
OUTFIELD — Rachelle Deiter, Grant Union, sr.
UTILITY — Carly Taylor, Creswell, jr.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR — Jessica Reynolds, Union.
COACH OF THE YEAR — Rick Hoisington, Pilot Rock
PITCHER — Jessica Reynolds, Union, sr.; Noelle Wright, Irrigon, sr.; Tara Ludwig, Elgin-Imbler, sr.
CATCHER — Amy Perrine, Pilot Rock, jr.; Kaitlyn Gresser, Lost River, sr.
INFIELD — Callie Cruickshank, Perrydale, sr.; Leslie Coffman, Irrigon, sr.; Brittaney Niebergall, Portland Christian, jr.; Chelsea Wyant, Union, sr.; Ashley Gambill, Pilot Rock, jr.
OUTFIELD — Allie Butterfield, Blanchet, so.; Liz Willingham, Pilot Rock, jr.; Alisha Mego, Irrigon, so.
UTILITY/DESIGNATED HITTER — Cassie Van Dyke, Gaston, jr.; Lindsey Montgomery, Salem Academy, jr.
PITCHER — Brooke Jaeger, Kennedy, sr.; Stephanie Maurer, Riddle, jr.; Krissy Hanes, Corbett, jr.
CATCHER — Sami Belleque, Blanchet, fr.; Ashley Yackamouih, Riddle, sr.
INFIELD — Ariel Schock, Irrigon, sr.; Briana Wibbens, Central Linn, sr.; Mariah Warnock, Enterprise-Joseph, sr.; Kaitlin Counts, Blanchet, jr.; Jessica Garner, Gaston, sr.
OUTFIELD — Faith Williams, Glendale, jr.; Kayla Handley, Corbett, sr.; Amanda Treadway, Culver, sr.; Becca Brown, Gaston, jr.
UTILITY/DESIGNATED HITTER — Kuulei Delatori, Wallowa, jr.; Kylee Jensen, Pilot Rock, jr.
PITCHER — Renee Mulcare, Pilot Rock, sr.; Haley Freske, Weston-McEwen, so.; Dani Donayri, Knappa, sr.; Marissa Donohue, Kennedy, sr.; Haley Roeder, Oakland, sr.
CATCHER — Summer DeSpain, Enterprise-Joseph, sr.; Addie Nichols, Knappa, jr.; Kaitlynn Rice, North Douglas, jr.
INFIELD — Mariah Daugherty, Culver, so.; Jordann Roberts, Union, jr.; Zoe Young, Corbett, sr.; Kinsey Seaton, Lakeview, jr.; Lindsey Mealey, Corbett, sr.; Kailee Hanson, Riddle, jr.; Hayley Reynolds, Yoncalla, jr.
OUTFIELD — Shalee Kimball, Union, sr.; Kymber Wofford, Culver, jr.; Calie Kohl, Pilot Rock, sr.; Josie Kohlhepp, Enterprise-Joseph, sr.
UTILITY/DESIGNATED HITTER — Cheyanne Knight, Chiloquin, sr.; Josie Huddleston, Corbett, fr.; Morgan Entze, Weston-McEwen, so.; Dani Sturm, Union, fr.
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