M-C softball players earn awards
Wednesday, June 04, 2014 5:30 AM
Three Mabel-Canton softball players have earned Academic All-State honors. To achieve that award, a player must maintain a 3.6 grade point average (GPA) or higher (cumulative from their sophomore year through three quarters of the senior year) while earning a varsity letter. They include Sara Lind, Kourtney Coyle and Emily Brumm.
Ten Cougars earned Academic All-Conference, another extraordinary achievement. In order to win that award, a player must maintain a 3.4 GPA or higher for a quarter of their participation while earning a varsity letter. They included Brumm, Coyle, Lydia Geving, Abby Hanson, Lind, Danielle Graves, Hannah Nolte, Gabby Sand, Courtney Graves and Lexi Thorson.
In team voting, Hanson and Chelcie Busch were named as Co-Most Valuable Players.
It was the second time senior short stop Hanson earned the award. She led the team in stolen bases (11) and batting walks (10), and was second in assists (34) and runs scored (13). Hanson batted .270.
Senior catcher Busch led the team in batting average (.378), runs batted in (11) and hits (17).
The Hustle Award went to senior outfielder Coyle for a fourth year. She was third on the team in extra base hits, and fourth in RBIs.
The Most Improved Player Award went to Lind for a second year. The senior pitcher shouldered much of the work this season, throwing 70 of 82 innings.
The Team Player Award went to senior catcher Lydia Geving. She earned three All-SEC awards prior to being injured, missing virtually all of her senior season.
The All-SEC list for 2014 is now out as well. It includes Hanson (for a third year), Busch and freshman first baseman Coranda Vickerman, with Lind as honorable mention.
Vickerman's stats include batting .320, scoring 16 runs, driving in seven RBI and stealing seven bases.
Houston had four All-SEC players, including Abbey Loken (third year), Alexa Horihan (second year), Alyssa Rostad and Trisha Johnson. Lyle-Pacelli had two all-conference players (Courtney Walker and Bethany Strouf), while Glenville Emmons' Madi Ziebel made the team for a second time.