16 local athletes receive All-Area honors
McLouth’s Patterson named Journal-World’s softball player of the year
A total of 16 local athletes were honored by being named to the Lawrence Journal-World’s All-Area teams for spring sports.
Athletes from Tonganoxie and McLouth high schools combined to earn one player of the year award and eight first-team spots, as well as eight honorable mention selections.
McLouth senior Kaley Patterson, named the Journal-World’s softball player of the year for the second straight season, received the top honor among local athletes. Patterson will play softball at UMKC next season, joining her older sister Kendall. Kaley had a monster spring, hitting a ridiculous .766 with four home runs. She also was dominant on the mound, with a 0.69 earned-run average. She struck out 156 hitters.
Kaley wasn’t alone as a first-team softball selection. Her teammate, senior catcher Jessie Troupe, and Tonganoxie senior shortstop Kaitlyn Wolken were named to the all-area first team as well.
THS girls soccer seniors Ashley Kotowske and Alex Bartels both were named to the first team, as were a pair of Chieftains girls track teammates — senior thrower Domino Grizzle and sophomore Jenny Whitledge. Senior Ethan Lorance, a middle infielder for Tonganoxie, also was a first-team honoree.
The THS boys track team had three athletes — seniors Dylan Scates, Adrian Whittington and Jake Willis — receive honorable mention. Chieftains seniors Jeremy Carlisle and Dylan Puhr were on the honorable mention list for baseball and Tonganoxie junior soccer defender Shyanne Gergick received honorable mention as well.
McLouth softball players Kendra Leach, a junior, and freshman Konner Patterson also earned honorable mention.
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