A total of 24 players —four apiece from all six schools in the Ohio Valley Publishing coverage area in fact —have earned all-Southeast District softball honors, which have been announced.
The list was released late Saturday, and included all-Ohio honorees as well, with Eastern and Southern securing an all-Ohio Honorable Mention selection apiece.
In Division IV, Eastern — which won the outright Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division championship — amounted two first-teamers and two Honorable Mention picks, while Southern had a first-teamer, a second-teamer and two Honorable Mentions.
South Gallia garnered four Honorable Mention choices in Division IV — as did River Valley in Division III.
For Gallia Academy, which moved down to Division III this season from Division II, the Blue Angels amassed a second-team selection was well as three Honorable Mention slots.
Meigs, which moved up to Division II after two years at Division III, mustered a first-teamer, two second-teamers and one Honorable Mention choice.
Speaking of Honorable Mention, Southern senior Ali Deem and Eastern junior Jess Coleman captured that level for Division IV all-Ohio — after earning the ninth and eighth-highest point totals respectively in the all-district voting process.
The all-Southeast District softball teams, and subsequent honors, are voted upon by members of the Southeast District Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association.
The first-teamers Coleman and Deem led the Eastern and Southern contingents, as Eastern sophomore Sidney Cook claimed first-team honors as well.
In fact, Cook and Deem repeated to the all-district Division IV first team, as the Eagles advanced to the district semifinals.
Paige VanMeter, a Southern sophomore, made second team after earning Honorable Mention last season.
Eastern’s Honorable Mention pair is junior Katlyn Barber and freshman Mollie Maxon, as Southern seniors Brandy Porter and Haley Hill made Honorable Mention as well.
The South Gallia Honorable Mention representatives are sophomores Olivia Hornsby and Erin Evans, junior Maddie Simpson and senior Alyssa Stapleton.
For Meigs, junior Alliyah Pullins posted first-team accolades and junior Devyn Oliver second squad, as both were also Division III all-district last year.
However, Oliver earned first team and Pullins second team a year ago.
Katie Gilkey of the Marauders joined Oliver on the second team, while fellow senior Sadie Fox finished her Meigs career as Honorable Mention.
Gallia Academy freshman pitcher Hunter Copley captured the second second-team spot in Division III, meaning she was two spots shy of the final berth for first team.
The Blue Angels’ only senior — Makenzie Barr — joined juniors Jenna Meadows and Kimberly Edelmann as Honorable Mention picks.
Barr was a first-team Division II choice a year ago, while Meadows made Honorable Mention for the third consecutive season.
All four River Valley Lady Raiders which were selected were Honorable Mention — and all four were seniors.
The quartet consisted of Ashley Gilmore, Ryleigh Barcus, Erin Morgan and Mariah Hurt, as Gilmore gained Honorable Mention for the third straight and final time.
Logan in Division I, Fairfield Union in Division II and Wheelersburg in Division III swept the top all-district honors, while there was a split of awards for Division IV.
That share was between Symmes Valley senior Kaitlyn Payne for Player of the Year with Jason Gearheart of Portsmouth Clay claiming Coach of the Year.
Logan’s Grayce Huntsberger was the Division I POY, with Jim Huntsberger winning the COY award.
Alexis Easton (POY) and Donny Holbrook (COY) of Fairfield Union swept Division II, while Wheelersburg’s Mical Cunningham (POY) and Teresa Ruby (COY) did the same in Division III.
Fairfield Union enjoyed an undefeated regular season and was the district runner-up, while Wheelersburg won the Division III state championship on Saturday.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106
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