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Softball: Lady Cats’ Cagle named MVP of 9-3A

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Pilot Point’s softball program had a banner year in 2012, as James Ramsey’s squad won District 9-3A, losing just one district game, and made it to the Class 3A Region II semifinals, beating top-ranked Lucas Lovejoy along the way.

A lot of the Lady Cats’ success can be attributed to the play of junior Skylar Cagle, who was recognized as 9-3A’s most valuable player with the release of the all-district team.

Sanger, which finished second behind Pilot Point, also landed a superlative award as junior Nicole Nordie was named the district’s top offensive player, while defensive player of the year honors went to Argyle’s Blair O’Brien. Sanger’s Jae McMinn and Aubrey’s Shon Ranton, whose team finished third in the standings, were named co-coaches of the year.

In District 4-4A, Wichita Falls Rider ended Ryan’s run atop the district by claiming the championship while Ryan finished second.

The Denton area still had its share of district superlatives as Ryan’s Kayla Cunningham earned utility player of the year honors and Denton’s Kat Specht shared co-offensive player of the year honors with The Colony’s Tori Hawk.

Lake Dallas had a strong season, and freshman Amadi Taylor was recognized for it by earning newcomer of the year honors.

In District 7-5A, Guyer managed to take third place in a district that included state powerhouse Keller and upstart Keller Central. The Lady Wildcats fell in two tight games to highly ranked Plano, which finished second in a loaded District 8-5A.

Guyer landed two players on the all-district first team in juniors Suzette Palmer and Kennedy Been, who was the team’s leading hitter. Palmer followed up her successful sophomore campaign in the circle as the team’s top pitcher and one of its top hitters.

In District 9-2A, Ponder had a playoff season led by its three top hitters, who were all named first-team all-district. The Lady Lions were led at the plate by senior Madison McElroy and sophomores Andie Beer and Jessica Orozco, who were joined on the first team by teammate Carley Moore.

Krum’s Julia Schmaltz earned first-team honors as did her teammate Cheyanne Bullock.



All-District Selections

District 7-5A

MVP — Bailee Kaderka, Keller

Offensive Player of the Year — Kayla Vincent, Southlake Carroll

Defensive Player of the Year — April Ryan, Keller

Pitcher of the Year — Shelby Locke, Keller Central

Newcomer of the Year — Lauren Heintzelman, Southlake Carroll

Coach of the Year — Kim Reed, Keller Central

First team

Alex Schneider, Soph., Southlake Carroll; Christina Andrews, Jr., Southlake Carroll; Mariah Alvarez, Sr., Saginaw; Taylor Davis, Sr., Keller Central; Cortney Fry, Sr., Keller Central; Marisa Flores, Soph., Keller Central; Suzette Palmer, Jr., Guyer; Kennedy Been, Jr., Guyer; Shayne Starkey, Fr., Justin Northwest; Paige Garcia, Jr., Keller Fossil Ridge; Alicia Vanwinkle, Jr., Coppell; Erika Zimmer, Soph., Coppell; Kristin Watkins, Soph., Keller; Tori Charters, Jr., Keller; Autumn Suydam, Sr., Keller

Second team

Sarah Littlehale, Sr., Southlake Carroll; Courtney Bellamy, Sr., Southlake Carroll; Cortney Hand, Sr., Southlake Carroll; Mary Lenth, Fr., Saginaw; Allie Moore, Sr., Keller Central; Erin Juckniewitz, Jr., Keller Central; Kaitlyn Thomas, Jr., Guyer; Megan Washam, Jr., Guyer; Alicia Weber, Sr., Guyer; Nici Starkey, Sr., Justin Northwest; Paige Garner, Sr., Justin Northwest; Kayla Hackney, Sr., Justin Northwest; Cearra Dulaney, Sr., Keller Fossil Ridge; Roka Zimmer, Sr., Coppell; Alyssa Ringhauser, Jr., Coppell; Brittany Lee, Jr., Keller; Katie Lewis, Soph., Keller; Grace Srichantra, Fr., Keller

Honorable mention

Guyer — Kylie Miyata, Jr.


District 4-4A

MVP — Abby Donnell, Jr., Wichita Falls Rider

Co-Offensive Players of the Year — Tori Hawk, Jr., The Colony; Katarina Specht, Sr., Denton

Defensive Player of the Year — Sarah Wiseman, Jr., The Colony

Pitcher of the Year — Ashley Sissel, Jr., Wichita Falls Rider

Catcher of the Year — Taylor Beeman, Sr., Wichita Falls Rider

Utility Player of the Year — Kayla Cunningham, Jr., Ryan

Newcomer of the Year — Amadi Taylor, Fr., Lake Dallas

First team

Sade Lowery, Sr., Denton; Alli Shelton, Soph., Denton; Olivia Cruzada, Sr., Lake Dallas; Erin Hager, Sr., Lake Dallas; Chrisa Head, Fr., Lake Dallas; Kelsey Tuck, Soph., Lake Dallas; Destiny Crumpley, Fr., Little Elm; Erin De Los Santos, Soph., Little Elm; Jasmyn Dunning, Sr., Lake Dallas; Morgan Beeman, Jr., Wichita Falls Rider; Karly Gibson, Jr., Wichita Falls Rider; Bailey McCreary, Sr., Wichita Falls Rider; Carol Raabe, Soph., Ryan; Katelyn Reiss, Jr., Ryan; Sheeba Walker, Sr., Ryan; Sam Robinson, Sr., The Colony; Delaney Bedunah, Soph., Wichita Falls; Allison Graddy, Sr., Wichita Falls

Second team

Jessica Juarez, Soph., Denton; Loren McBride, Sr., Denton; Macey Bauman, Fr., Lake Dallas; Calli Fauver, Jr., Lake Dallas; Ellysse Boughey, Soph., Little Elm; Alex Oard, Sr., Little Elm; Meg Oard, Sr., Little Elm; Stacey Fosnaugh, Jr., Wichita Falls Rider; Berkley Hoff, Sr., Wichita Falls Rider; Hanna Avrett, Jr., Ryan; Kirsten Cope, Soph., Ryan; Ciera Frith, Sr., Ryan; Carley Rains, Jr., Ryan; Shelbi Featherston, Jr., The Colony; Lindsay Jacobs, Jr., The Colony; Brooklin Olsin, Jr., The Colony; Tori Rendon, Jr., The Colony; Jocelyn Ward, Soph., The Colony; Reagan Mayo, Soph., Wichita Falls; Hunter O’Malley, Sr., Wichita Falls

Honorable mention

Denton — Taylor Sorrells

Lake Dallas — Crysti Jula, Sr.; Savannah Burkhalter, Soph.

Wichita Falls Rider — Amanda Romero, Sr.; Brianna Watkins, Soph.

Ryan — Erika Williamson, Fr.

The Colony — Alyssa Ledesma, Sr.; Megan O’Mary, Soph.

Wichita Falls — Korey Barrett, Sr.; Cortney Pritchard, Jr.


District 9-3A

MVP — Skylar Cagle, Jr., Pilot Point

Newcomer of the Year — Katie Dean, Fr., Whitesboro

Offensive Player of the Year — Nicole Nordie, Jr., Sanger

Defensive Player of the Year — Blair O’Brien, Jr., Argyle

Co-Coaches of the Year — Jae McMinn, Sanger; Shon Ranton, Aubrey

First team

Chrystal Reese, Sr., Pilot Point; Preslee Gallaway, Fr., Pilot Point; Kimber Kuhn, Sr., Pilot Point; Abby Watson, Sr., Pilot Point; Courtney Ford, Sr., Sanger; Mikayla Stogsdill, Jr., Sanger; Victoria Eakman, Jr., Sanger; Logan Even, Jr., Aubrey; Melanie Funk, Jr., Aubrey; Kaley Reding, Jr., Aubrey; Laci Summerville, Jr., Whitesboro; Taylor Crews, Sr., Whitesboro; Monica Reed, Sr., Whitesboro; Kate Walker, Sr., Argyle

Second team

Allison Strittmatter, Soph., Pilot Point; Haley Evans, Jr., Pilot Point; Morgan Turkoly, Fr., Sanger; Meghan Eilers, Sr., Sanger; Emily Torres, Jr., Aubrey; Alexus Vanlandingham, Fr., Whitesboro; Mariah Mitcheson, Soph., Whitesboro; Linzy Bond, Jr., Whitesboro; Alyssa Bruton, Soph., Argyle; Sam Calhoun, Jr., Gainesville; Brittany Royal, Fr., Gainesville; Hannah Gerken, Soph., Gainesville; Sarah Gerken, Jr., Gainesville

Honorable mention

Pilot Point — Lori Campbell, Jr.

Sanger — Erica Bjorndal, Jr.; Harlee Sliger, Jr.

Aubrey — Kayla Sullivan, Jr.; Marissa Perkins, Jr.

Argyle — Ashley Cole, Sr.; Lizzy Roden, Jr.


District 9-2A

MVP — Lacey Taylor, Sr., Wichita Falls City View

Defensive Player of the Year — Jill Ledford, Sr., Holliday

Offensive Player of the Year — Brittany Thompson, Sr., Holliday

Freshman of the Year — Emily Dyes, Holliday

Utility Player of the Year — Harley Hooks, Sr., Alvord

Coach of the Year — David Harris, Holliday

First team

Shelby Payne, Jr., Wichita Falls City View; Jessica Orozco, Soph., Ponder; Madaline Sewell, Soph., Holliday; Andie Beer, Soph., Ponder; Kimmie Berend, Jr., Holliday; Madison McElroy, Sr., Ponder; Taylor Stanfill, Sr., Wichita Falls City View; Cheyanne Bullock, Jr., Krum; Kala Cash, Jr., Alvord; Dayna Young, Sr., Nocona; Brook Hoff, Soph., Henrietta; JJ Ramos, Jr., Henrietta; Kelci Bedingfield, Jr., Holliday; Julia Schmaltz, Jr., Krum; Carley Moore, Jr., Ponder; Miami Robertson, Fr., Holliday

Second team

Payton Vardell, Sr., Krum; Taylor Bennett, Fr., Henrietta; Cassie Pickett, Soph., Henrietta; Ariel Rogers, Jr., Alvord; Rosa Rodriguez, Soph., Krum; Hannah Sharp, Jr., Henrietta; Aislin Cummings, Jr., Holliday; Hannah Prather, Soph., Ponder; Makenzie Chapman, Jr., Ponder; Callie Craddock, Jr., Krum; Deidra Barton, Sr., Wichita Falls City View; Jade White, Jr., Henrietta; Kandi Rose, Soph., Alvord; Payton Pedroso, Fr., Krum; Taylor Tipton, Jr., Ponder