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Blue Bell and the Texas Sports Writers Association has named the state’s softball players to all-state teams.
Three players from the Groveton Lady Indians were named; Shelby Arnold made first team, Lexi Easterling and Megan Luce made second team, and Abby Lee received honorable mention.
Coach of the year is Kirk Allen and player of the year is Kenzie Jones, both of Crawford.
Pitchers: Jones, Crawford, junior; Macie LaRue, Lovelady, senior; Kaylee Blackledge, Center Point, junior; Catcher: Addison Leschber, Thrall, senior; First base: Haven Prager, Lovelady, junior; Second base: Roxanne Rivera, Hamlin, junior; Shortstop: Reagan Johnson, Falls City, senior; Third base: Jocy Suarez, Union Grove, senior; Outfielders: London Minnix, Crawford, sophomore; Mihyia Davis, Lovelady, senior; Emilee Baker, Thorndale, senior; Utility: Paedin Vincik, Shiner, sophomore; DP/DH/Flex: Shelby Arnold, Groveton, senior
Pitchers: Citialy Gutierrez, Stamford, senior; Reagan Wick, Weimar, junior; Kylee Pierce, Bremond, senior; Catcher: Skylar Heger, Weimar, senior; First base: Jaycee Yezak, Bremond, sophomore; Second base: Natalie Garcia, Thorndale, junior; Shortstop: Scout Lovell, Lovelady, senior; Third base: Maddie Lopez, Archer City, senior; Outfielders: Savana Gonzales, Stamford, senior; Lexi Easterling, Groveton, sophomore; Mallory Maxwell, Archer City, senior; Utility: Emma Frick, West Sabine, senior; DP/DH/Flex: Megan Luce, Groveton, senior
Pitchers: Rylee Spivey, Kerens, freshman; Kiersten Fincannon, Hico, sophomore; Bethany Grandgeorge, Beckville, junior; Catcher: Jentrye Bellar, Clarendon, senior; First base: Kaitlyn Tillman, Beckville Second base: Macy Detamore, Stamford, senior; Shortstop: Laylonna Apllin, Stamford, junior; Third base: Taylor Smith, Weimar, senior; Outfielders: Kyra Cerda, Frost, senior; Brylei Gilbreath, Coleman, junior; Jordyn Warren, Hawkins, junior; Utility: Gracyn Shultz, Sudan, junior
Pitcher: Madeline Lee, Frost; Emily Janek, Italy; Cora Sepulvado, West Sabine; Aubrie Henderson, Thrall; Hannah McCallister, Axtell; Trinity Hawkins, Hawkins; Kaylee Harris, Campbell
Catcher: Gabryela Martinez, Ralls; Emalee Duniven, Hamlin; Cadence Hopgood, Italy
First base: Brylee Stand, Stamford; Maddie Nivin, Axtell; Kelsey Kovar, Thorndale; Makenna Warren, Hawkins; Rhiley Elliott, Ralls
Second base: Tateum Smith, Hawkins; Tandie Cummins, Clarendon; Brinley Ramirez, Shiner; Ipsha Bhakta, Coleman; Ella Hudson, Italy
Shortstop: Presley Limbaugh, Cooper; Malarie Mican, Weimar; Kenadee Lynch, Kerens; Raeghan Carlson, Thorndale; Bralyn Belk, Axtell; Samantha Gonzalez, Hamlin; Alana Young, Coleman
Third base: Shandlee Mueller, Stamford; Raeghan Carlson, Thorndale; Macey Cooper, Italy; Abby Lee, Groveton; Leah Greene, Kerens
Outfield: Paire Pavlu, Weimar; McKenzie Bancroft; Jacelyn Bell, Stamford; Emily Patterson, Stamford; Anabel Godines, Ben Bolt; Landry Janek, Italy
Utility: Linda Martinez, Lovelady; Olivia Holt, Kerens; Mylee Soliz, Falls City; Hayden Elam, Clarendon; Rylee Hawkins, Dawson
GROVETON — Ten of the Regional Champion Groveton Lady Indians softball squad were named to the all-district team.
Additionally, Megan Luce was named Offensive Player of the Year, and Abby Lee was named Newcomer of the Year.
Infielders Kiki Smith and Landree Martin, outfielder Lexi Easterling and pitcher Shelby Arnold were named all-district first team.
Outfielder Tatum Porter, catcher Bailee Reed and first baseman Madison Thomas were named all-district second team.
Anna LaRue received honorable mention.
RUSK — After reaching new heights for the Groveton softball program, the Lady Indians, in their first-ever appearance in the regional finals, lost to rival Lovelady.
On Thursday, Groveton lost to Lovelady 5-0, and on Friday, 11-2.
Coach Chris Sexton said in a post that this season has been one of the most fun of his coaching career.
He said the team had its ups and downs and went through a learning phase, but learned to trust each other and ended up building something special, winning 31 games overall.
In the Friday game, Abby Lee hit her 12th home run of the season.