Softball players tapped all-state
Mariah Mulcahy, Sue Sass, Ashley Giesbers receive all-state honors
As the saying goes, to the victor belongs the spoils and that certainly was the case in the 5A all-state balloting.
State champions Sandy reaped much of the all-state honors, but St. Helens did get some notice with three players receiving recognition.
Northwest Oregon Conference Pitcher of the Year Mariah Mulcahy was named second team all-state, and graduated senior Sue Sass was also second team all-state in the infield (shortstop).
Honorable mention notice went to freshman outfielder Ashley Giesbers.
Sandys Sammie Byron was named Pitcher of the Year, while they also had Co-Players of the Year in seniors Chelsea Spanier and Meghan Leubbert. Coach Kellie Wilkerson was named Coach of the Year.
In all, Sandy had five players named to the all-state first team and one to the third team.
5A Softball All-State
Pitcher of the Year: Sammie Byron, jr., Sandy. Co-Player of the Year: Chelsea Spanier, sr., Sandy; Meghan Leubbert, sr. Sandy. Coach of the Year: Kellie Wilkerson, Sandy.
Sandy beat Hermiston last Saturday, 1-0, to win the 5A state championship. Hermiston eliminated St. Helens 3-1 in a rain-delayed and split-location win in the first round on May 22.
5A All-state selections:
Pitcher: Sammie Byron, jr., Sandy; Ashley Pesek, sr., Redmond; Kelsey Broatus, fr., West Albany. Catcher: Rachel Rutledge, jr., Sandy; Lisa Sylvester, jr., Bend. Infield: Chelsea Spanier, sr., Sandy; Kendall Kramer, jr., Bend; Kelly Meeuwsen, soph., Liberty; Darian Lindsey, soph., Pendleton; Alyssa Nitschelm, sr., Redmond. Outfield: Meghan Leubbert, sr., Sandy; Molly Nutt, soph., Sandy; Shea Lindsey, sr., Pendleton; Tenicia Winston, sr., Cleveland. Utility: Madi Lostra, sr., Wilson. Designated Player: Awbrie-Elle Kinkade, soph., Bend.
Pitcher: Mariah Mulcahy, soph., St. Helens; Julia Smith-Harrington, fr., West Albany; Paige Long, sr., Hermiston. Catcher: Rayne Spencer, sr., Pendleton; Katherine Kramer, sr., The Dalles. Infield: Kayla Starr, sr., Wilsonville; Emily Rommel, jr., Cleveland; Marissa Duchi, sr., Redmond; Kasidee Lemberger, sr., Pendleton; Sue Sass, sr., St. Helens. Outfield: Makenna Clizer, fr., Wilson; Ashley Wirth, sr., West Albany; Katie Brown, jr., Bend; Brynn Lio, sr., Wilsonville. Utility: Stephanie Stamnes, sr., Wilsonville. Designated Player: Neeshaa Garcia-Patterson, soph., Eagle Point.
Pitcher: Marissa Jones, sr., Pendleton; Kayla Byers, jr., Hood River; McKenzee Merrill, sr., Eagle Point. Catcher: Rebecca Ollison, sr., Wilsonville; Sierra Cavanaugh, jr., Cleveland. Infield: Kyllie Bbellis, sr., West Albany; Beth Anne Neuschwander, jr., West Albany; Emily Reeves, sr., Wilson; Christina Kuykendall, soph., Ashland; Ellie Richards, fr., Pendleton. Outfield: Abby Drotzman, soph., Hermiston; Jessica West, sr., Wilson; Reeghan Lehnert, jr., Pendleton; Emily Jeffries, jr., Eagle Point. Utility: Alexis Morrison, fr., Pendleton. Designated Player: Cheyenne Baker, sr., Sandy.
Pitcher: Sarah Harms, sr., Wilsonville; Teanna Gonzales, fr., Eagle Point. Catcher: Teresa Lehman, soph., Ashland. Infield: Evangelina Olivera, jr., Pendleton; Jordan Imes, fr., Roosevelt; Paige Leaper, fr., Eagle Point; Karly Tolen, jr., Eagle Point. Outfield: Tiah Grass, soph., Pendleton; Ashley Giesbers, fr., St. Helens; Jennifer Paxton, sr., Hermiston; Jenna Henninger, jr., Mt. View; McKenna Read, soph., Ashland.