The Meigs Marauders placed five players and the River Valley Lady Raiders landed three on the 2016 all-Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division softball team, which has been announced.
Alexander, which won all dozen of its division games for the second consecutive season, repeated as league champion.
The Lady Marauders, whose only two losses in 12 tilts were to Alexander, were once again the league runner-up at 10-2.
Wellston finished third for the second straight season at 8-4, followed by 5-7 River Valley, 4-8 Athens, 3-9 Vinton County and winless Nelsonville-York.
For Meigs, three of its five honorees repeated to the list from a year ago, as senior second baseman Katie Gilkey garnered all-league honors for the third straight year.
Also repeating from last season were juniors Alliyah Pullins (pitcher/infielder) and Devyn Oliver (shortstop), as senior catcher Sadie Fox also made the all-TVC-Ohio team two years ago.
The fifth Marauder honored was junior first baseman Danielle Morris.
Representing River Valley were three seniors — pitcher Ashley Gilmore, first baseman Reilly Barcus and outfielder Erin Morgan.
Gilmore was the only repeater from that trio.
This season completes only the Raiders’ second year in the TVC-Ohio.
Alexander also swept the highest honors for the second straight spring — sweeping both the Offensive and Defensive Most Valuable Player awards — with Dave McLaughlin repeating as Coach of the Year.
Kendall Meeks, the Spartans’ senior ace pitcher, successfully defended her Defensive POY honor — after winning both MVP awards last year.
This year, her battery mate and fellow senior — catcher Hannah Howery — was the Offensive MVP.
Besides Meeks and Howery, the other Alexander repeaters included junior first baseman Shyla Johnson, junior shortstop Nicole Hudnall, sophomore second baseman Abby Howard and senior third baseman Meghan Trout.
Howery and Meeks also made all-TVC three years ago, securing the battery of all four years of all-league.
The only all-league newcomer for the Lady Spartans was junior centerfielder Hunter Markins.
Wellston, Athens and Vinton County claimed three all-league spots, as Nelsonville-York notched two.
Wellston was represented by senior pitcher Katelyn Stewart, junior second baseman Brittany Downard, freshman first baseman Ashley Compston and freshman shortstop Erica Scott.
Athens’ threesome featured freshman pitcher Kaylee Stewart, junior shortstop Kat Kroutel and sophomore left-fielder Grace Pratt.
Vinton County’s three honorees included senior Cayla Allen (pitcher/first baseman), junior Brianna Hunt (left field/first base/third base) and sophomore Darian Radabaugh (shortstop).
The Nelsonville-York all-league duo was senior pitcher Alisa Kelly and junior first baseman Emma Frazier, as Kelly made all-conference for all four years.
Kelly, Allen, Kroutel and Stewart all repeated from last year’s club.
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