Journal-World honors local prep athletes
Eight local high school athletes made the Lawrence Journal-World’s All-Area teams for spring sports, with five softball players leading the way.
Four Tonganoxie High athletes were named All-Area and four McLouth High softball players received the honor.
Lauren Himpel — Tonganoxie senior
The do-it-all THS senior followed up an all-area junior campaign with an even better senior season. She hit .457, smacked four doubles and two triples and stole 33 bases, all while striking out just three times. In addition, she had a stolen-base percentage of .920 and a fielding percentage of .970.
Kendall Patterson — McLouth senior
Last year’s all-area player of the year followed up a monster junior season with an explosive senior season. In addition to eclipsing state records for career batting average (.743), career doubles (66) and career hits (164), she finished the 2009 season with a .658 average and another solid season behind the plate as the Bulldogs’ catcher. In all, Patterson was a three-time Class 3A all-state selection, a three-time all-area pick and a first-team all-south central regional selection. She’ll play at Kansas University next year.
Lezley Lawson — McLouth senior
The 2007 all-area player of the year joined her teammate in finishing her career in style. “LuLu,” as she’s known to her friends and teammates, led the Bulldogs with seven home runs this season, pushing her career total to 22. She hit .676 in ’09 and was 10-2 on the mound with an ERA of 0.92. In addition to turning in a memorable senior year, Lawson leaves McLouth as the state record holder for career RBI with 116.
Kaley Patterson — McLouth sophomore
The younger Patterson on the McLouth High team was another dual threat for the Bulldogs. In addition to finishing the season with a 7-1 record and 0.56 ERA on the mound, Patterson hit .633 at the plate and had 21 RBI and a .990 fielding percentage in her second season as a starter.
Missy Rome – McLouth junior
Rome did most of her damage this season from the batter’s box and base paths. She finished the season with a .596 batting average, jacked three home runs in the process and added 22 stolen bases and 33 RBI to her totals.
THS sophomore shortstop Kaitlyn Wolken received honorable mention.
Track and field
Roni Grizzle — Tonganoxie senior
In addition to being one of the most dominant throwers in the area all season, Grizzle backed it up with a solid showing at Class 4A state. The Nebraska-bound senior was second in the shot put and third in the javelin.
DJ Lindsay — Tonganoxie junior
Lindsay took third in class 4A state in the 200 (22.1). He also ran on the state-championship 4x400 relay team (47.5 split) and was the Kaw Valley League champion in the 200, 400 and 4x400 relay.
THS sophomore runner Jeremy Carlisle and sophomore pole vaulter Jake Willis were honorable mention.
Lauren Williams — Tonganoxie junior
Williams used her speed and quickness to create havoc for opposing defenses all season. She finished the season with six goals and had numerous other scoring chances because of her competitive drive and wheels.
THS freshman Shyanne Gergick received honorable mention.
Tonganoxie had three players — seniors Jace Waters and Rob Schlicht and junior Brandon Yoder — receive honorable mention.