CENTENARY, Ohio — Another foursome for the Blue Angels played through.
For the second consecutive softball season, Gallia Academy amounted four Ohio Valley Conference all-conference selections —two of which were repeaters while its other two were freshmen.
The Blue Angels, in finishing in fourth-place in the OVC standings at 9-5, earned a pair of first-teamers and two Honorable Mention choices for the second straight spring.
At long last, the all-OVC list was publicly released on Thursday, as Gallia Academy completed its second season in the OVC.
The all-OVC softball squad is selected by the league’s coaches, as league champion Ironton (12-2) had four players named to the first team.
There are no Players of the Year selected, but Ironton head coach Missy Fields garnered Coach of the Year.
League runners-up Coal Grove (11-3) and Rock Hill (10-4) amounted three first-team picks, followed by Gallia Academy (9-5) and Chesapeake (7-7) with two first-teamers apiece.
South Point (4-10), Portsmouth (3-11) and Fairland (0-14) each finished with one first-teamer.
For the Blue Angels, sophomore pitcher and leadoff hitter Hunter Copley captured repeat first-team honors, while senior catcher Jenna Meadows moved up from Honorable Mention last season to first team this year.
The only other all-league selections for GAHS were its two Honorable Mentions — freshman second baseman Bailey Meadows and freshman shortstop Alex Barnes.
Three Fighting Tigers repeated to the all-league list, paced by repeat first-teamers Alex Carmon and Kenzie Cremeens.
Ironton’s other first-teamers were Ruth Paholsky and Mary Beth Burton, as Paholsky earned Honorable Mention a year ago.
Coal Grove’s three first-team picks —Kasey Murphy, Lauren Meyer and Lauren Crum — all repeated to that level.
Rock Hill ace pitcher Jill Hairston repeated to the first team, as Anna Darby bumped up to first team from Honorable Mention (2016).
The Redwomen’s third first-team selection was Grace Stevens.
Chesapeake’s pair of first-teamers were Brooke Webb and Ryleigh Swann, as Webb was an Honorable Mention choice last season.
South Point’s Abby Hannah and Portsmouth’s Andi Queen repeated to the first team, as Fairland’s Morgan Fridley was first team this year — after being Honorable Mention a year ago.
Keiana Conwell of South Point and Montana Runnels of Fairland made Honorable Mention, as Conwell was a repeat to that level.
The other Honorable Mention selections included Taiya Hamlet and Peighton Rowe of Ironton, Gracie Riley and Ali Waller of Coal Grove, Kelsey Olderham and Rileigh Morris of Rock Hill, Lyric Bair and Jordan Storms of Chesapeake and Semajah Parker and Sharia Kearns of Portsmouth.
Both Riley and Parker repeated to the Honorable Mention list, while Kearns was a first-teamer for 2016.
2017 all-OVC softball team
IRONTON (12-2): Alex Carmon*, Kenzie Cremeens*, Ruth Paholsky*, Mary Beth Burton, Taiya Hamlet (HM), Peighton Rowe (HM)
COAL GROVE (11-3): Kasey Murphy*, Lauren Meyer*, Lauren Crum, Gracie Riley* (HM), Ali Waller (HM)
ROCK HILL (10-4): Jill Hairston*, Anna Darby* (HM), Grace Stevens, Kelsey Olderham (HM), Rileigh Morris (HM)
GALLIA ACADEMY (9-5): Jenna Meadows*, Hunter Copley*, Alex Barnes (HM), Bailey Meadows (HM)
CHESAPEAKE (7-7): Brooke Webb*, Ryleigh Swann, Lyric Bair (HM), Jordan Storms (HM)
SOUTH POINT (4-10): Abby Hannah*, Keiana Conwell* (HM)
PORTSMOUTH (3-11): Andi Queen*, Semajah Parker* (HM), Sharia Kearns* (HM)
FAIRLAND (0-14): Morgan Fridley*, Montana Runnels (HM)
Coach of the Year:
Missy Fields, Ironton
* — indicates repeat selection from 2016 team
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106
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