Sierra and Evola lead all-staters
The Aloha pitcher and Westview first baseman win 6A first-team all-state honors
To the victors go the spoils.
Never was that more true than in the 2011 Class 6A softball season, where Hillsboro's Century High School won its first-ever state championship and also took two of the top three awards in the year's All-State softball voting.
While Century senior pitcher Montana McNealy and Jaguars coach Kevin Brown were honored as Pitcher of the Year and Coach of the Year, the Metro League's best were well represented on the Class 6A All-State teams as well.
Aloha senior pitcher Serenil Sierra was one of three pitchers selected to the all-state first team after being named Metro League Pitcher of the Year for the second straight season and leading her team to the brink of the state championship game.
Sierra's Warriors won the Metro League for the first time in more than 20 years, played their way into the state semifinals for the first time since 1979, and battled South Salem through 13 innings before finally falling 8-7.
Joining Sierra on the first team - and the only other Metro League player so honored - was Westview senior first baseman Amanda Evola. While Evola's Wildcats did not have the same success as Sierra's Warriors this year - they finished fifth in league, won a Play-In game, then fell in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs - Evola sure did her part, winning Metro League Player of the Year honors.
The rest of the all-state first team included Tualatin senior pitcher MG Bywater, Tigard senior catcher Kelsey Kaelin, South Salem junior catcher Lauran Bliss, McNary junior infielder Haley Decker, South Salem senior infielder Lauren Donovan, Thurston senior infielder Brittany Hendrickson, Redmond senior infielder Aubrey Nitschelm, Glencoe senior infielder Jordan Kreiger, West Linn senior infielder Kylie Crawford, Glencoe senior outfielder Alyssa Gillespie, Centennial senior
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outfielder Holly Brown, North Medford junior outfielder Sierra Berryessa, McNary junior outfielder Olivia Yarbrough, Tigard junior outfielder Jesssica Lemieux, Centennial junior DH/Utility player Bailey Ritschard.
Gillespie and Decker shared the Class 6A Player of the Year award.
Sunset junior pitcher Jessie Moore was named to the all-
state second team, as was Aloha sophomore second baseman Rachel Thompson. Metro League players named to the all-state third team included Sunset senior catcher Tasha Silvius, and Sunset senior outfielder Shelby Hankee.
Honorable Mention selections from Metro League teams were Jesuit senior second baseman Rachael Illias, and Westview senior DH/Utility player Chelsea Eytel.