Aleigha Gale, who will enter her senior year of high school in the fall, anchored a solid showing by the Lady Vikings with a first-team nod as voted by Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division III softball coaches.
The Lady Vikings, who finished with an 11-10 overall record, but went 7-3 in the league, placed their entire starting lineup on the all-league team.
Gale batted .447 while anchoring the pitching staff.
Seven Lady Vikings were named to the second team.
First baseman Ali Tate, who also will enter her senior year in the fall, led the Lady Vikings with a .563 average.
Second baseman Tessa Irwin, who hit .406 in her freshman campaign, also earned second-team honors.
Sophomore shortstop Haley Gedrose, who batted .500, was one of two shortstops named to the second team.
Designated player Shyanna Fromm batted .484 to earn a second-team nod.
Winfield’s entire starting outfield also earned second-team recognition. Tessa Ruggles, who recently graduated, batted .323, while sophomore Emma Schumacher hit .355 and Mikayla Konrade batted .321 in her freshman campaign.
Sophomore third baseman Naveya Gardner, who hit .444, received honorable mention. She was joined by catcher Ella Meseke, who hit .250 in limited at-bats while calling the games behind the plate.
Tigers earn honors
HOBBS, N.M. — Thais Lindemayer-Gomes, the defending national champion in the pole vault, finished her two-year career at Cowley College by placing fourth in the event at the NJCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Lindemayer-Gomes, who was a two-time national champion, earned All-American honors for her performance.
The Lady Tigers’ 4x800-meter relay team of Sasha Elizondo, Raye Moran, Ieshia Dickerson and Anna Keller, who were national runners-up and earned All-American honors for the efforts.
Cowley sophomore Harlie Schmeling Hanson also garnered All-American honors by placing seventh in the 10,000.
Middle school accolades
The Arkansas City Middle School and Winfield Middle School boys tennis teams found success May 6 at the Pioneer League Championships at Ark City Middle School.
The Bullpups finished second in the seven-team meet, just three points behind league champion Haysville West. The Junior Vikings placed fourth.
Ark City’s Oakley O’Donnell captured the No. 1 singles title, compiling a 2-0 record.
Teammate Luke Campbell won the title at No. 3 singles with a 2-0 mark.
Winfield’s Austin Bryant and Noah Heger cruised to the championship at No. 1 doubles.
The Bullpups had three runner-up finishes in doubles competition.
Wyatt Bahm and Bobby Schauf placed second at No. 2 doubles. Chantz Moore and Turk Gressel were runners-up at No. 3 doubles, and the tandem of Alex Arndt and Jackson Palmer finished second at No. 4 doubles.
Ark City’s Brandon Klotz was runner-up at No. 2 singes, while teammate Harris Giger placed third at No. 4 singles.
Winfield’s Elijah Thayer finished fourth at No. 3 singles. Teammates Tyler Gould and Liam DiVall were fourth at No. 3 doubles.
Josh Aguirre finished fifth at No. 1 singles and Trevyn Stanley was fifth at No. 4 singles for the Junior Vikings. Josiah Stephenson and Zerrick Vargas teamed at No. 4 doubles to finish fifth.