Area players earn honors on J-W team
Several Tonganoxie and McLouth names dotted the Lawrence Journal-World's all-area softball team.
Freshmen Lauren Himpel and Kendall Patterson, who led Tonganoxie and McLouth respectively in hitting, were named to the first team.
Himpel batted .475 with 38 hits and 23 RBI. Patterson batted .694 with 34 hits and 25 RBI.
Both players helped lead their teams to milestone state berths. Tonganoxie's win against Piper in a 4A regional and McLouth's win against defending 3A champion Silver Lake in the Bulldogs' regional marked the first state berths in school history for both programs.
In addition, McLouth had another first-team selection in Lezley Lawson. Also a freshman, Lawson batted .632 with 31 hits, 11 doubles and 8 RBI.
Tonganoxie also had two second-team selections in sophomore infielder Lindsey Himpel and sophomore outfielder Tracie Hileman.
THS junior pitcher Amie Riddle and sophomores Melissa Pratt and Sarah Flaherty also were named to the list.
For McLouth, senior Catherine Gunther and sophomore Samantha Farris were named honorable mention.
Tonganoxie and McLouth combined for 10 of the 33 selections on this year's all-area team. THS had six selections overall, while McLouth had four.
Tonganoxie's Craig Lohman and Debbie Himpel were named coaches of the year by the Journal-World.
Here is complete all-area team:
Carleigh Berry , Jr., Mill Valley, OF;
Kelsey Epperson, Sr., Eudora, 3B;
Lauren Himpel, Fr., Tonganoxie, OF;
Lezley Lawson, Fr., McLouth, 1B;
Lindsey Ottensmeier, Jr., Oskaloosa, 2B;
Kendall Patterson, Fr., McLouth, C;
Megan Reed, Sr., Oskaloosa, SS;
Mackenzie Salzman, So., Eudora, OF.
Ali Brimblecom, Ottawa, Sr., C
Michelle Deluna, Eudora, Sr., INF
Kim Gilges, Baldwin, Jr., OF
Kelly Griffin, Mill Valley, Sr., INF
Lindsey Himpel, Tonganoxie, So., INF
Ali King, Oskaloosa, Sr., P
Tracie Hileman, Tonganoxie, So., OF
Erin Leslie, Mill Valley, Sr., INF
Cat White, Mill Valley, Sr., OF
Carlene Bolton, Mill Valley, Sr.;
Callie Craig, Baldwin, So.;
Rachel Cunningham, Oskaloosa, Sr.;
Samantha Farris, McLouth, So.;
Sarah Flaherty, Tonganoxie, So.;
Catherine Gunther, McLouth, Sr.;
Brynn Hamilton, Eudora, Jr.;
Ashlee Moore, Ottawa, Jr.;
Melissa Pratt, Tonganoxie, So.;
Amie Riddle, Tonganoxie, Jr.;
Bailey Scott, Eudora, Fr.;
Karen Spence, Eudora, Sr;
Jamie Voigts, Baldwin, So.;
Morgan Watts, Ottawa, Fr.;
Alex Zordell, Baldwin, Fr.