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Three Morris softball players named All-Conference

Allyson O’Herron of Kaneland was named the Northern Illinois Big 12 East Most Valuable Player for her efforts this past spring for the first-place Lady Knights. Kaneland won the league with a 9-1 team mark.

O’Herron is one of 13 All-NIB12E selections this year, which also included Morris senior infielder Laney Torkelson, Redskins’ junior outfielder Madison Feeney and senior pitcher Erica Gualandi.

Kaneland had four others besides O’Herron named to the first team including: junior infielder Haley Contorno, junior outfielder Lanie Callaghan, sophomore outfielder Lexi Roach and sophomore catcher Paige Kuefler.

DeKalb was second in the final standings with a 7-3 record and the Lady Barbs had three first-team picks including senior infielder Hannah Walter, senior outfielder Sabrina Kileen and freshman pitcher Morgan Newport.

Yorkville was third with a 6-4 record and had three selections in junior infielder Corrine Rowe, sophomore catcher Madeline Avery and junior pitcher Rachel Owens.

Morris and Sycamore were tied for fourth with each having a 3-7 record. Both had three selections to the first team. The Spartans picks were senior infielder Brit Huber, junior outfielder Jasmyne Taylor and senior pitcher Abby Foulk. Rochelle was last with a 2-8 record, but the Hubs got two picks in senior infielder Christina Williams and senior catcher Nava Talina.

Those making the honorable mention in the East included: DeKalb’s Sara Friedlund, Jessica Townsend and Lindsey Costilow; Kaneland’s Sarah Grams and Ellissa Eckert; Morris’ Lauren Severson and Leah Lines; Sycamore’s Becca Schroeder and Paige Bjork and Yorkville’s Courtney Thomas.

In the West Division, Sterling finished with a 9-1 record and ended up making it all the way to state this spring. Junior infielder Karlie Mellott was the league’s MVP for the Golden Warriors. She was one of five first-team selections in the division. The others included: senior outfielder Cassidy Gillihan, freshman outfielder Shannon Long, senior Pricilla Aponte and senior pitcher Stephanie Kester.

The West was pretty even in the standings after Sterling. The team records in defending order included: La Salle-Peru (7-3), Geneseo (6-4), Ottawa (4-6), Streator (3-7) and Dixon (1-9).

L-P had five first-team selections. Those included junior infielder Abby Turczyn, senior outfielder Haley Wren, senior catcher Carly Spelich, senior pitcher Brittany Zawacki and senior pitcher Brianna Zeman. Geneseo and Ottawa had three picks each. Geneseo’s were: sophomore catcher Hannah Kain, junior Darian Gillette and junior pitcher Jena Reddig; and Ottawa’s were: senior pitcher Hillary Borgerson-Ho, senior Jaleesa Kindred and junior infielder Lindsey Greene.

Streator’s pick was Jenna Harcharik and Dixon had none.

Getting named honorable mention were: Dixon’s Brooke Bailey and Rachel Musser; Geneseo’s Sierra Ricketts and Maddy Shoemaker; L-P’s Kylea Starkey; Ottawa’s Mary Richardson and Taylor Jansen; Sterling’s Jen Rahn ad Bailey Oetting and Streator’s Mikayla Greenwood and Mollie Benner.

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