15 locals land on all-district softball team


By Alex Hawley - ahawley@civitasmedia.com



Gallia Academy senior Jenna Meadows throws to second base during the Blue Angels’ 11-10 win at Meigs, on April 27.


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Southern junior Paige VanMeter blasts a pitch during the Lady Tornadoes’ sectional semifinal victory over South Gallia, in Racine on May 8.


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A total of 15 softball players from the Ohio Valley Publishing area landed 2017 All-Southeast District softball honors, as voted on by the coaches from within the district.

The Lady Tornadoes led the area with four players on the all-district list, Meigs, Gallia Academy and Eastern each had three representatives, while South Gallia had two. River Valley — which ended the year with a 7-15 record — was not represented on the 2017 all-district teams.

Southern finished the season with a 11-12 record and was a Division IV district semifinalist. SHS junior Paige VanMeter — who was second team last season and honorable mention as a freshman — was named first team for the Lady Tornadoes, while junior Jaiden Roberts was on second team for her first all-district honor. Also making their first all-district squads, SHS juniors Lauren Lavender and Sydney Cleland were named honorable mention.

Also in Division IV, Eastern finished with a 17-5 record, but lost in the sectional final. For the third straight season, EHS junior Sidney Cook represented the Lady Eagles on the first team. Cook was joined on first team by Eastern senior Katlyn Barber, who was honorable mention last year and second team as a sophomore. Eastern junior Elaina Hensley was named second team for her first all-district selection.

The Lady Rebels finished 0-21 and were eliminated in the Division IV sectional semifinal. On the honorable mention list for the second straight season was South Gallia senior Maddie Simpson, while junior Keirsten Howell was named honorable mention for her first district nod.

In Division II, Meigs was district semifinalist and posted 21-4 record. Representing the Lady Marauders on first team were Devyn Oliver and Alliyah Pullins. Oliver was also a first teamer in 2015, while landing on second team last spring. Meanwhile, Pullins was on the first team in 2016 and and on the second team in 2015. On the all district list for the first time, MHS sophomore Taylor Swartz was named second team.

In Division III, Gallia Academy advanced to the district semifinal and finished with a final record of 16-8. After being named honorable mention in each of her first three seasons, GAHS senior Jenna Meadows was named to the first team. Gallia Academy sophomore Hunter Copley — who was second team all-district last year — and freshman Alex Barnes were each selected as honorable mentions.

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2017 All-Southeast District softball teams

Division II

FIRST TEAM

Bailey Kemp, Circleville; Devyn Oliver, Meigs; Kalicia Doles, Waverly; Shayla Munyan, Fairfield Union; Liv Johnson, Sheridan; Jayla Campbell, Unioto; Taylor Barrett, Miami Trace; Tori Bettendorf, Chillicothe; Spencer Snider, Sheridan; Destiny Alderman, Logan Elm; Sarah Greenlee, Warren; Diamond Decker, Warren; Raylene Hammond, Jackson; Kat Kroutel, Athens; Sarah Moats, Circleville; Darian Radabaugh, Vinton County; Allison Beatty, McClain; Alliyah Pullins, Meigs.

SECOND TEAM

Hannah Kroft, Marietta; Savannah Scott, Hillsboro; Mariah Burton, Waverly; Jessica Camp, Miami Trace; Alexis Eaton, Fairfield Union; Mayci Marshall, Logan Elm; Jordan Banks, Jackson; Maddie Trowbridge, Sheridan; Meghan Tucker, Washington Court House; Avery Grayson, Warren; Brooklyn Sikorski, Athens; Taylor Swartz, Meigs; Sydney Humphreys, Jackson; Molly Westermeyer, Marietta; Maddy Jenkins, Washington Court House; Brianna Hunt, Vinton County; Elisabeth Williams, Warren; Haley Holt, Unioto.

HONORABLE MENTION

Ami Branna, Athens; Kaylee Stewart, Athens; Jayla Brown, Chillicothe; Meghan Brooks, Circleville; Emmy Rollison, Circleville; Kendall Polland, McClain; Chantel Landrum, McClain; Kenzie Anderson, McClain; Riley Moberly, Hillsboro; Jesa Evans, Waverly; Betsy Wriston, Marietta; Mariah Ridgeway, Jackson; Ashley Campbell, Miami Trace; Olivia Wolfe, Miami Trace; Ruthie Shriner, Sheridan; Autumn Kilborger, Fairfield Union; Lexi Parsons, Logan Elm.

Division III

FIRST TEAM

Faith Howard, Wheelersburg; Aley Carmen, Ironton; Rebecca Brown, Westfall; Kalle Coleman, Wheelersburg; Mary Pica, Minford; Kasey Murphy, Coal Grove; Jenna Meadows, Gallia Academy; Jill Hairston, Rock Hill; MaKayla White, Portsmouth West; Cameron Alexander, Piketon; Kaylea Cooke, Zane Trace; Rikki Magill, Huntington Ross; Erica Scott, Wellston; Brooke Webb, Chesapeake; Emily Robinson, Westfall; Cait Brisker, Oak Hill; Andrea Edmisten, Eastern Brown; Kasey Bergan, Wheelersburg; Emily Robinson, New Lexington; Audrey Wheeler, Southeastern.

SECOND TEAM

Laiken Rice, Northwest; Hannah Tolle, Minford; Morgan Fridley, Fairland; Semajah Parker, Portsmouth; Nicole Hudnall, Alexander; Marissa Markins, Lucasville Valley; Abby Stark, Adena; Terra Butcher, Portsmouth West; Hayley McConnaughey, Lynchburg Clay; Bre Klailser, Wheelersburg; Zoe Doll, Minford; Kenzie Cremeans, Ironton; Abby Hannah, South Point; Airiel Kingrey, Minford; Andi Queen, Portsmouth; Savannah Holbrook, West Union; Brooklyn Carpenter, Oak Hill; Lauren Myers, Coal Grove; Shyanne Conley, Huntington Ross; MaKayla Terry Westfall.

HONORABLE MENTION

Hunter Copley, Gallia Academy; Alex Barnes, Gallia Academy; Holley Webb, Westfall; Abbie Newman, Northwest; Alexis Lute, Northwest; Hope Sheperd, Northwest; Timea Burnett, Oak Hill; Andrea Lewis, Oak Hill; Gracie Smith, Piketon; Kennedy Cooper, Piketon; Kaylee Courtwright, Piketon; Sevah Whitacre, Lynchburg Clay; Gracce Stevens, Rock Hill; Anna Darby, Rock Hill; Laken Adkins, South Point; Keiana Conwell, South Point; Montana Runnels, Fairland; Carly Carroll, Adena; Kasey Felts, Adena; Lauren Rambo, Crooksville; Cassidy Lindsey, Crooksville; Ryleigh Swan, Chesapeake; Lyric Bair, Chesapeake; Jordan Storms, Chesapeake; Taiya Hamblet, Ironton; Ruthie Paholsky, Ironton; Lauren Crum, Coal Grove; Gracie Riley, Coal Grove; Bailey Harris, New Lexington; Layona Davis, New Lexington; Molly Smith, Wellston; Haleigh Throckmorton, Portsmouth West; Kayleigh Coleman, Portsmouth West; Sharia Karns, Portsmouth; Baylee Horsley, Portsmouth; Maggie Dorsey, Eastern Brown; Alison Malott, Eastern Brown; Rehanna Newman, Zane Trace; Ashton Ward, Zane Trace; Morgan Arledge, Huntington Ross; Breidan Collins, Huntington Ross; Kailey Hurley, Nelsonville-York; Emma Frazier, Nelsonville-York; Taylor Shockey, Nelsonville-York; Madison Bullock, Nelsonville-York; Makayla Curall, Southeastern; Ella Skeens, Southeastern; Jess Bolte, Southeastern; Destiny Gardner, Valley; Margi Caldwell, Valley; Maddy Kuhn, Valley.

Division IV

FIRST TEAM

Katie Osburn, Belpre; Jensen Warnock, Portsmouth Clay; Kaitlin White, Fairfield; Mikayla Newland, Paint Valley; Sidney Cook, Eastern; Taylor Webb, Symmes Valley; Maggie Whitman, Notre Dame; Paige VanMeter, Southern; Denise Young, Waterford; Jaycie Parr, Whiteoak; Hannah Oliver, Portsmouth Clay; Julie Swain, Portsmouth Clay; Kourtnie Smith, Fairfield; Christian Reed, Peebles; Katlyn Barber, Eastern; Alyssa Turley, Trimble; Kelsey Malone, Ironton St. Joseph; Madison Southworth, Pike Eastern.

SECOND TEAM

Kelsey Young, Manchester; Peyton Helphinstine, Sciotoville East; Kylie Tong, Western; Madison Pierce, Peebles; Tyra Mayle, Federal Hocking; Josie Perani, Miller; Lauryn Simmons, Belpre; Kaylee Stone, New Boston; Kylie Simms, Peebles; Sierra Ross, Symmes Valley; Jaiden Roberts, Southern; Lea McFadden, Paint Valley; Bailey Offenburger, Waterford; Madison Harman, Belpre; Elaina Hensley, Eastern; Shaelyn Vassar, Portsmouth Clay; Cassie Schaefer, Notre Dame; Taya Lackey, Trimble.

HONORABLE MENTION

Jordyn Haggy, Western; Brianna Lunsford, Trimble; Sydney Cleland, Southern; Lauren Lavender, Southern; Skylar Hatfield, Federal Hocking; Jana Stockham, Pike Eastern; Jaelyn Dixon, Pike Eastern; Alex Holtzapfel, Ironton St. Joseph; Morgan Turner, Ironton St. Joseph; Megan Riley, Ironton St. Joseph; Maddie Simpson, South Gallia; Keirsten Howell, South Gallia; Sydney Whitman, Notre Dame; Jerilyn Toller, Peebles; Emily Williams, Fairfield; Lyndee Spargur, Fairfield; Chloe Rine, Miller; Lacy Alexander, Miller; Madison Ohse, Waterford; Adah Smitley, Waterford; Tasha Poole, New Boston; Kaylee Hadinger, South Webster; Mikaya Belford, South Webster; Lexi Jones, Whiteoak; Gracie Billings, Sciotoville East; Sarah Kingery, Symmes Valley; Josie Campbell, Manchester; Madison Jones, Manchester.

Gallia Academy senior Jenna Meadows throws to second base during the Blue Angels’ 11-10 win at Meigs, on April 27.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2017/06/web1_6.8-GA-Meadows.jpgGallia Academy senior Jenna Meadows throws to second base during the Blue Angels’ 11-10 win at Meigs, on April 27. Alex Hawley/OVP Sports

Southern junior Paige VanMeter blasts a pitch during the Lady Tornadoes’ sectional semifinal victory over South Gallia, in Racine on May 8.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2017/06/web1_6.8-SHS-VanMeter.jpgSouthern junior Paige VanMeter blasts a pitch during the Lady Tornadoes’ sectional semifinal victory over South Gallia, in Racine on May 8. Alex Hawley/OVP Sports

By Alex Hawley

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