Fifteen area prep softball players recently earned All-State recognition by the Kansas Softball Coaches Association for 2009.

Fifteen area prep softball players recently earned All-State recognition by the Kansas Softball Coaches Association for 2009.
In Class 4A, a pair of Riverton players — who helped lead their team to their first girl’s state title in school history — earned first-team recognition.
Junior pitcher Haleigh Sills — who went 3-0 and did not surrender a run during the state tournament — was named to the first team as was sophomore teammate Cheslyn Mitchell.
Girard shortstop Ariel Vinze and fellow senior, pitcher, Starr McLeod, earned second-team recognition.
Both Vinze and McLeod were named All-CNC as well as All-County by The Morning Sun.
Riverton junior outfielder Carleigh Hall earned a second-team nod and Fort Scott senior pitcher Erica Davis was also placed on the second team along with Iola’s senior catcher Kylie Taylor.
In Class 3A, Frontenac junior pitcher Emily Barto was placed on the second team after leading the Raiders to the Class 3A state tournament in 2009.
Baxter Springs pitcher/outfielder Jenyce Spence also earned a second-team nod in Class 3A.
St. Mary’s-Colgan placed three players on the Class 2-1A All-State first team, led by senior shortstop Lisa Elmer.
Elmer, along with teammate Annie Dellasega, was placed on the first team as a designated player/utility player.
Outfielder Maggie Sloan was the other Panther that was placed on the first team for the Panthers after they finished in the top four at the Class 2-1A state softball tournament.
Pitcher Katie Hayes, who pitched most of Colgan’s games this season, along with catcher Ashley Werner and infielder Allison McCormick were placed on the second team.
McCormick earned her second-team nod as a designated player/utility.

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