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Softball: Sanger trio highlights all-district selections

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The Sanger softball team matched last season’s run to the Class 3A Region II semifinals with a handful of star players this season who led a young Lady Indians team with several starting freshmen.

That was reflected with the release of the All-District 9-3A team, which handed three superlative awards to Sanger’s older players.

Junior shortstop Morgan Turkoly, a Louisiana Tech pledge, was named the district’s most valuable player after hitting .565 with 11 home runs and 43 RBIs on the season. She hit .522 in district play with three homers and 14 RBIs.

Junior pitcher Kelly Mardones allowed just four earned runs in her seven district starts and finished the year with a 1.65 ERA and 225 strikeouts to earn the pitcher of the year nod.

Victoria Eakman capped her high school career with being named the district’s top defensive player after registering a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage behind the plate.

Krum’s Kaely Whatley was named the district’s top offensive player and was joined by five teammates on the first team, while the Lady Indians added two more players to the first team.

In District 5-4A, Guyer’s Shayne Starkey was named utility player of the year in a district loaded with ranked teams like Guyer, Azle, Fort Worth Brewer and Trophy Club Nelson. Starkey was the Lady Wildcats’ No. 1 pitcher and led the team in RBIs en route to a second-place finish in the district. Starkey was joined by Guyer’s first-team selections Tatum Branch, Sophia Popowski and Hannah Hodapp.

Lake Dallas landed Amadi Taylor, Chrisa Head, Macey Bauman and Kelsey Tuck on the first team, while Denton’s Allie Shelton and Natasha Kissell were selected.

Ryan struggled in a loaded District 5-5A with four of the state’s top 5A programs, but was represented on the first team by Carol Raabe and Maddie Quintanar.

In District 10-3A, Alyssa Bruton helped lead Argyle to its first postseason appearance by earning pitcher of the year honors. She was joined by teammates Chey Althoff and Adilen Gonzalez, who were named to the first team.

Ponder earned four superlatives on the District 9-2A team, as senior pitcher Jessica Orozco was named pitcher of the year and freshman Madison Welch was named the district’s top newcomer. Kara Parr was one of three co-utility players of the year, and Ponder head coach Paige Wells earned coach of the year honors.

Defending Class 2A state champion Pilot Point had an unexpected early exit from the playoffs, but it was well represented on the District 12-2A team, where senior Preslee Gallaway was named MVP and senior Allison Strittmatter earned offensive player of the year honors. Pilot Point also was given the coaching staff of the year honor.


District 5-5A

Most Valuable Player — Annelise Oswalt, Flower Mound, Jr.

Pitcher of the Year — Maribeth Gorsuch, Lewisville, So.

Catcher of the Year — Megan Haggard, Lewisville, Sr.

Offensive Player of the Year — Jessica Nelson, Lewisville, Sr.

Defensive Player of the Year — Bonna Molina, Flower Mound Marcus, Jr.

Utility Player of the Year — Sydney Springfield, Flower Mound, So.

Newcomer of the Year — Amanda Roth, Hebron, Fr.

Coach of the Year — Mark Larriba, Flower Mound

First team

Marcus — Katelyn Cooper, Audrey Pratt, Whitney Wolkow

Hebron — Brynn Putnam, Olivia Martinez, Bailey Vaughn

Lewisville — Miranda Worthington, Kacie Saucedo, Tommi Ann Goodman

Flower Mound — Mauriana Jamele, Alex Jennings, Allie Smith, Claire Lefner

Coppell — Erika Zimmer, Lindsay Stivers

Ryan — Carol Raabe, Maddie Quintanar

Second team

Marcus — Ashley Hardin

Hebron — Sydney Stegall, Erinn Hill, Kassi Wilson

Lewisville — Gaby Vasquez

Flower Mound — Kelly Powell, Katie Holehouse

Coppell — Katy Bryan, Ali Gentry, Madi Traver

Ryan — Megan Durante, Molly Williamson


District 5-4A

Most Valuable Player — Bailee Carter, Azle, So.

Pitcher of the Year — Makenzi Harris, Azle, Jr.

Catcher of the Year — Ashlynn Williams, Fort Worth Brewer, Sr.

Offensive Player of the Year — Shannon Rhodes, Fort Worth Brewer, So.

Defensive Player of the Year — Angel Szymanski, Trophy Club Nelson, So.

Utility Player of the Year — Shayne Starkey, Guyer, Jr.

Newcomer of the Year — Raelyn Temple, Azle, So.

Coach of the Year — Tracy Tadlock, Azle

First team

Samantha Bradley, Azle, So.; Sarah Brown, Azle, Jr.; Valarie Matloack, Azle, Jr.; Tatum Branch, Guyer, Sr.; Sophia Popowski, Guyer, So.; Hannah Hodapp, Guyer, Jr.; Haley Gray, TC Nelson, Sr.; Ashley Silva, TC Nelson, Sr.; Chelsie McClure, So.; Sarah Miller, Brewer, Sr.; Destiny Chavarria, Brewer, Jr.; Jordan Kisselburg, Brewer, Jr.; Allie Shelton, Denton, Sr.; Natasha Kissell, Denton, Jr.; Amadi Taylor, Lake Dallas, Jr.; Chrisa Head, Lake Dallas, Jr.; Macey Bauman, Lake Dallas, Jr.; Kelsey Tuck, Lake Dallas, Sr.; Delaney Bedunah, Wichita Falls, Sr.; Marcela Lopez, Wichita Falls, So.; Kari Toalson, Wichita Falls Rider, Jr.

Second team

Kayla Perry, Wichita Falls, Jr.; Cecilia Castro, Wichita Falls Rider, Sr.; Shanna Fosnaugh, Wichita Falls Rider, Jr.; Kali Garza, Wichita Falls Rider, So.; Jordan Vinson, Wichita Falls Rider, Fr.; Lauren Lindgren, Guyer, So.; Tara Solomon, Guyer, So.; Alyssa Dixon, Guyer, So.; Mara Miller, TC Nelson, So.; Cami Conrad, TC Nelson, So.; Jacey Allen, TC Nelson, So.; Delilah Gallegos, Brewer, Sr.; Danelle Day, Brewer, So.; Kayla Chavarria, Brewer, So.; Jessica Juarez, Denton, Sr.; Makayla McMaster, Denton, Jr.; Cori Wilkinson, Denton, Sr.; Sydni Fulks, Lake Dallas, So.; Sabrina Bomba, Lake Dallas, So.; Jaylee Calabrese, Lake Dallas, Fr.; Bethanie Phillips, Azle, Jr.; Nicole Aniasco, Azle, Jr.; Rebekah Teel, Azle, Jr.


District 9-3A

Most Valuable Player — Morgan Turkoly, Sanger

Pitcher of the Year — Kelly Mardones, Sanger

Offensive Player of the Year — Kaely Whatley, Krum

Defensive Player of the Year — Victoria Eakman, Sanger

First team

Bridgeport — Kensley Turner

Decatur — Brianna Carter, Alex Gabriel, Kristina Pischota

Gainesville — Taylor Llano, Brittany Royal

Krum — Mailey Harris, Kaycee Koiner, Ashley Landry, Rosa Rodriguez, Mikayla Woods

Sanger — Jaycee Garza, McKayla McDaniel

Second team

Bridgeport — Diana Garcia, Hailey Hollingsworth

Decatur — Jenny Bradford, Madi Minor, Brittany Roberts

Gainesville — Hannah Gerken, Ariannah Kemp, Keely Villa

Krum — Payton Pedroso

Sanger — Bailey Ferguson, Savannah Matheus, Maygan Stogsdill


District 10-3A

Most Valuable Player — Ashley Cantu, Frisco Lone Star, So.

Pitcher of the Year — Alyssa Bruton, Argyle, Sr.

Catcher of the Year — Alexis Elizondo, Celina, Sr.

Offensive Player of the Year — Hanna Eaton, Frisco Lone Star, So.

Defensive Player of the Year — Matti Johnson, Celina, Sr.

Utility Player of the Year — Marisa Unclebach, Frisco Lone Star, Sr.

Freshman of the Year — Mackenzey Gregory, Carrollton Ranchview, Fr.

Coach of the Year — Tom Thurman, Frisco Lone Star

First team

Chey Althoff, Argyle, Jr.; Adilen Gonzalez, Argyle, Sr.; Liz Ahrens, Ranchview, Sr.; Sarah Hausmann, Ranchview, Sr.; Janie Knowles, Celina, Sr.; Lauren Schultz, Celina, So.; Anmaray Mendoza, Celina, So.; Miranda Garza, Lone Star, Sr.; Madison Meyers, Lone Star, So.; Adrienne Nairn, Lone Star, Jr.

Second team

Kursten Bergene, Ranchview, So.; Ashlie Benjamin, Ranchview, Sr.; Jocelyn Perez, Celina, So.; Marissa Matsuno, Lone Star, Jr.; Ariel Williams, Lone Star, So.; Aspen Carter, Lone Star, So.; Erin DeLaSantos, Aubrey, Sr.; Marissa Perkins, Aubrey, Sr.; Allison Mastrandonas, Argyle, Jr.; Courtney Todd, Celina, So.


District 9-2A

Most Valuable Player — Haley Hardison, Brock, Sr.

Offensive Player of the Year — Payton Salmon, Boyd, So.

Defensive Player of the Year — Savannah Foster, Boyd, Jr.

Newcomer of the Year — Madison Welch, Ponder, Fr.

Pitcher of the Year — Jessica Orozco, Ponder, Sr.

Co-Utility Players of the Year — Jett Praether, Paradise, Jr.; Bailey McKenzie, Peaster, So.; Kara Parr, Ponder, Jr.

Coach of the Year — Paige Wells, Ponder

First team

Pitchers — Chelsea Arlington, Boyd, Jr.; Kristen Marr, Brock, Sr.

Catchers — Andie Beer, Ponder, Sr.; Regan Guthrie, Alvord, So.

Infielders — Britney Howard, Boyd, Jr.; Chandler Hammon, Boyd, Jr.; Mikena Mader, Alvord, So.; Kaytlin Farmer, Brock, Jr.; Sierra Bradshaw, Brock, Sr.; Allie Rutledge, Paradise, Jr.; Tyler Kennington, Peaster, Jr.; Kara Ortiz, Ponder, So.

Outfielders — Kandi Rose, Alvord, Sr.; Makayla Smith, Brock, Sr.; Jordan Albertson, Brock, Sr.; Madison Walker, Millsap, Jr.; Darla Walterschied, Paradise, So.; Hailee Rutledge, Peaster, Jr.; Hanna Wells, Ponder, So.; Makayla James, Ponder, So.

Second team

Pitchers — Gabby Saldivar, Boyd, Sr.; Regan Taylor, Paradise, Jr.

Catchers — Sierra Jackson, Millsap, Jr.; Makaila McKenzie, Peaster, So.

Infielders — Amber Bowen, Boyd, So.; Robin Rice, Brock, Jr.; Brittany Gayler, Alvord, Fr.; Kaely Beaver, Alvord, Fr.; Morgan Robinson, Peaster, Jr.; Rowlee Johnson, Peaster, Fr.; Baylee Chapman, Peaster, Fr.; Saige Stover, Ponder, So.; Hanna Prather, Ponder, Sr.

Outfielders — Kaytlin Bullard, Boyd, Jr.; Carrie Autry, Millsap, Jr.; Bailey Brown, Ponder, Jr.


District 12-2A

Most Valuable Player — Preslee Gallaway, Pilot Point, Sr.

Pitcher of the Year — Mary Moran, Caddo Mills, Sr.

Catcher of the Year — Jacie Thomoson, Caddo Mills, Sr.

Offensive Player of the Year — Allison Strittmatter, Pilot Point, Sr.

Defensive Player of the Year — Maddie Horn, Van Alstyne, Jr.

Newcomer of the Year — Peyton Welch, Van Alstyne, Fr.

Coaching Staff of the Year — Pilot Point

First team

Haven Neal, Farmersville, Sr.; Ryan Jackson, Farmersville, Sr.; Madison Elvington, Gunter, Sr.; Kaylee Schmitz, Gunter, Jr.; Megan Bullard, Gunter, Jr.; Chanlynn Turner, Sunnyvale, Jr.; Hannah Laird, Sunnyvale, Jr.; Calli Roark, Sunnyvale, Jr.; Xena Barbour, Pilot Point, Jr.; Brittnee Gillespie, Pilot Point, Jr.; Lauren Gibson, Van Alstyne, So.; Cheyenne Glidenow, Van Alstyne, So.; Bailey Brown, Van Alstyne, So.; Natalee Wright, Caddo Mills, Sr.; Makenna Tallant, Caddo Mills, Sr.; Jessica Spoonemore, Caddo Mills, Jr.

Second team

Yessica Ovalle, Gunter, Sr.; Caitlyn Cantu, Farmersville, Jr.; Reagen Reece, Van Alstyne, So.; Ashley Burts, Van Alstyne, Jr.; Andrea Reil, Sunnyvale, Sr.; Lisa Evans, Sunnyvale, So.; Natalie Larson, Pilot Point, Jr.; Mercedez Lane, Pilot Point, Fr.; Sierra Gause, Caddo Mills, Sr.; Elizabeth Mock, Caddo Mills, Sr.; Jamie Maxwell, Caddo Mills, So.; Charity Cummings, Leonard; Lexi Hattaway, Leonard; Becca Hanson, Leonard; Courtny Billy, Leonard