Cary-Grove tops All-FVC softball team

The All-Fox Valley Conference softball team was announced Friday, and FVC Valley Division co-champion Cary-Grove led all teams with six selections.

Among the Trojans selected were the battery of junior pitcher Lindsay Efflandt and junior catcher Sarah Leudo. Efflandt was the Northwest Herald co-Player of the Year last season. Seniors Sara Markelonis and Taylor Dunne and sophomores Lisa Semro and Jamie Deering were the Trojans’ other selections.

McHenry, which shared the division title with C-G, had five selections, including senior catcher Mikaela Mitsch, who belted an area-leading 13 home runs this year. Pitcher Kristin Koepke was one of only three freshmen named all-conference.

The other two freshmen were Crystal Lake Central shortstop-pitcher Megan Mahaffy and Crystal Lake South pitcher Hailee Massie.

South and Prairie Ridge each had four players selected to the All-FVC team. Prairie Ridge junior pitcher Kirsten Stevens and South senior catcher Liz Adams were repeat selections from last year. In addition to Stevens, the Wolves had three sophomores – Claire Bowman, Kate Didier and Alyssa Doomis – honored in the FVC Valley.

Jacobs’ four all-conference players will all be returning next season. Sophomore McKayla Lein and juniors Nicky Chapa and Jacquelyn Hengler were first-time selections while sophomore Alyssa Lach was all-conference as a freshman.

Huntley junior shortstop Randi Peterson and Dundee-Crown senior pitcher Melany Love were also repeat selections from last year.

In the Fox Division, Central had five players chosen, including three pitchers. Along with Mahaffy, juniors Taylor Ward and Sara McConnell had good seasons in the circle for Central. Senior catcher Amy Rink and junior utility player Mikayla Tuszynski also made the all-conference team.

Hampshire and Johnsburg each had three selections. Three-sport star Stephanie Cherwin was selected for her play as Johnsburg’s shortstop while Hampshire junior pitcher Jennifer Hurst was also named all-conference.

Woodstock North junior shortstop Bria Romine and Woodstock senior shortstop Christine Orndahl were the lone representatives from their respective teams.

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