Prep Softball: Lady Vols, Lady Tigers and Lady Bulldogs garner all-region honors
KINGMAN – All three area softball teams picked up a number of postseason accolades, but Kingman High’s Kearra Tauta led the way as the 3A West Region Defensive Player of the Year.
The senior helped lead the Lady Bulldogs to the first round of the 3A State Championship where they were eliminated by top-seeded Winslow.
Nevertheless, it was a great run as Kingman advanced to the postseason for the second straight year.
Lady Bulldogs pitcher Lilianna Valdivia joined Tauta on the all-region first team, along with teammate Morgan Stephens and Kingman Academy’s Abbie Bean.
The all-region second team consisted of two Lady Tigers (Randa Short and Lynsey Day) and Kingman’s Jordyn Dan.
Academy’s Ammerisa Benson, Maliah Gardner, Oreauna Holland, Kiley Holloway and Gabi Lobue were Honorable Mention selections, along with the Kingman duo of Cassidy Hobbs and Kayli Toms.
The Lady Tigers also advanced to the postseason during their first year in the 3A Conference. Academy will be in good shape next season as it doesn’t graduate anyone.
Kingman, meanwhile, will have to replace a large group of seniors; Hobbs, Tauta, Toms, Payton Chamberlain and Ariana McKowan will graduate this month.
4A Grand Canyon Region
The Lee Williams High School softball team may not have found the success it wanted in 2019, but four Lady Vols were honored by the region.
Ashley Sahawneh, Kara Mertens and Courtney Janney were all-region second-team selections, while Kenzie Petersen was named Honorable Mention.
Lee Williams loses Janney, Mertens, Sahawneh, Petersen, Teighan Baumgart and Maddie Rogers to graduation.