Early's Smith named MVP, Shea offensive player of the year; Bangs' Anderson, Malett tabbed pitcher, catcher of year
Ten members of the 6-3A champion Early Lady Horns softball team received all-district honors, including a pair of superlative award winners. The Bangs Lady Dragons, who placed third in the district, also had 10 players honored by the coaches of 6-3A.
Early senior catcher Parker Smith, who is headed to Eastern New Mexico University to continue her softball career, was voted the district's most valuable player.
Lady Horn sophomore third baseman Sydnee Shea was selected the district's offensive player of the year.
For Bangs, senior Erin Anderson was named pitcher of the year while junior Taylor Malett was tabbed catcher the year.
First-team selections from Early included junior MaKayla Deleon, sophomore Laiken Reagan, senior Shauna Kay Connelly and junior Ashlyn Kirby.
Receiving first-team nods for Bangs were junior Vanessa Perez, freshman Ashlynn Emerson and junior Brianna Zapata.
Making the second-team for the Lady Horns were senior Gabby Constancia and freshman Vance-Cady Gordon.
Landing on the second team from Bangs were sophomores Kialie Dodson and Kenzie Baker.
Honorable mention recipients included Early sophomores Emma Loven and Chloe Clowdus, along with Bangs juniors Marianna Alvarado and Corhen Hinze and sophomore Sydney Horton.
The remainder of the superlative award winners belonged to Comanche — senior Gaby Sanchez as defensive player of the year, freshman Chloe Williams as newcomer of the year and freshman Vicki Lopez as utility player of the year.
Comprising the rest of the first team were Brady sophomore Destiny Williams; Comanche junior Ashley Jones, junior Jilian Hufstutler and senior Bri Davis; Dublin junior Hannah Vargas; and Coleman junior Emily Milward and freshman Sadie McCambridge.
The rest of the second team consisted of Comanche senior Mia Alvarado and freshman Landrie Day; Coleman senior Kloe Hale and sophomore Kensi Bledsoe; Brady senior Tessa Moreno, freshman Katie McAnelly and junior Ariel Bernal; and Dublin sophomore Grayci Vargas, freshman Camry Porter and senior Whitney Weems.
Also receiving honorable mention were Coleman junior Summer Flores and freshman Baylie Diaz; Dublin sophomore Tayleigh Pendleton, senior Renaa Jorgensen, sophomore Addison Stout and junior Jascey Sharp; Brady junior Kaitlyn Mork; and Comanche's Danielle Wendt, Ali Cotton and Marisa Arreola.
Early, under the direction of head coach Alfonso Chavez, finished the season with a 26-9 overall record, 9-1 district mark, and reached the third round of the playoffs.
Bangs, led by first-year head coach Beau Burnett, went 20-9 with a 7-3 district mark and was a bi-district finalist.