The District 10-3A softball all-district honors saw the recognition of a number of local players, including Lady Bulldog Peyton Streetman nabbing the superlative of Defensive Most Valuable Player. The senior standout shared the title with Whitewright sophomore Sage Harlow.
Other top titles went to Leonard senior Claudia Ware as Most Valuable Player, Farmersville junior Callie Yellin as Offensive MVP, Leonard senior Taylor Stricklin as Pitcher of the Year, Farmersville freshman Reese Fetty as Newcomer of the Year and Leonard coach James Fielden as Coach of the Year.
Howe softball saw its best season in program history in 2017, with the girls reaching the Class 3A Region II final for the first time. The Lady Bulldogs followed up their success with a strong 2018 season (19-12), ending their playoff run in the Class 3A Region II semifinals against the New Boston Lady Lions on Friday, May 18.
The Lady Panthers (2-21) ended their season before the playoffs, but still saw a player recognized on the first-team.
Senior teammates Erin Blackburn — who nabbed District 10-3A Offensive Player of the Year in 2017 — and Torrey Stubblefield both earned first-team all-district accolades for Howe, while Jennah Williams earned a first-team selection for Van Alstyne.
Freshman Courtney Hopper and senior Payton Griffin both earned second-team all-district for the Lady Bulldogs. Marysol Hernandez earned second-team honors for the Lady Panthers.
Honorable mentions went out to a number of players, including Howe junior Chloe Loftice and sophomore Cassidy Anderson. Van Alstyne sophomores Ameryss Brogdon and Alyssa Taylor also picked up honorable mention nods.
“Any awards given are always an accomplishment. I am proud of all of the kids and the teamwork that we had together,” Howe softball head coach Tiffany Moreland said.
The Lady Bulldogs will be graduating a number of seniors and will look to face next year’s competition without a number of girls who made up the team’s core, including Streetman, Stubblefield, Blackburn and Griffin. All four athletes will advance to college play.
Streetman and Blackburn both signed their national letters of intent together back in November. Streetman will be attending North Central Texas College and Blackburn is headed to Central Arkansas. Both girls expressed excitement in extending their softball school careers.
Also in November, Griffin signed her letter of intent to join the Aggies softball team at Murray State College. In April Stubblefield signed with Tarleton State University in Stephenville, where she will continue her playing career.
Bryce Brakebill contibuted to this report.