Cowley College sophomore Ashton Friend, who led the Lady Tigers in nearly every offensive category, was named the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Division II Most Valuable Player.
The Lady Tigers placed three players on the all-conference first team.
Friend batted .473 with 13 home runs and 51 RBI while splitting time between right field and the pitcher’s circle.
“Ashton had two great years at Cowley and will be hard to replace,” Cowley coach Jenny Hoyt said. “She was such a consistent leader for us in the lineup and I am very proud that she will leave Cowley with such great honors as being Freshman of the Year and now MVP her sophomore year.”
Sophomore third baseman Haleigh Scott and freshman utility player Christian Wind also earned all-conference first-team status.
Scott batted .399 with 36 RBI, and Wind batted .400 with seven home runs and 41 RBI.
Freshman catcher Skylar Darnell was named to the second team after batting .420.
Sophomore outfielder Taylor Hinnenkamp and freshman Kalyn Stigall received honorable mention. Hinnenkamp batted .310 with a team-leading 17 stolen bases, and Stigall batted .325 with 23 RBI.
“This is such a strong conference and if you are being recognized, it’s a huge honor to have because there are a lot of great athletes in this conference,” Hoyt said.
Former Arkansas City High School standout Chevelle Sartin was named to the all-conference first team at shortstop for Highland Community College.
Sartin batted .489 and led the Lady Scotties in runs (64), hits (66), doubles (12), triples (3), home runs (11), RBI (45) and slugging (.867). She struck out just five times in 135 at-bats.
Former Winfield High star Kerry Murphy was named to the second team for Johnson County.
Murphy batted .344 with 20 runs, 31 hits, six home runs and 27 RBI, with just eight strikeouts in 90 at-bats for the Lady Cavaliers.
Johnson County had the most players receive all-conference honors with nine. Hesston had the Freshman of the Year in All-Conference first-team pitcher Chelsea Smith (20-4, 2.08 ERA, 227 strikeouts), while Hesston’s Andrew Sharp was named Coach of the Year after leading the Larks to 23 straight wins and a 34-11 regular-season record.
Highland placed four on the first team.
CourierTraveler sports editor Joey Sprinkle contributed to this report.
KJCCC Division II
Most Valuable Player — Ashton Friend, Cowley.
Freshman of the Year — Chelsea Smith, Hesston.
Coach of the Year — Andrew Sharp, Hesston.
P — Chelsea SmithHesston
P — Kerrigan DixonJohnson County
P — Kaelee EscoeNeosho County
C — Audrey MillerLabette
1B — Alexis HodappHighland
2B — Bella KonieczkaHighland
3B — Haleigh ScottCowley
SS — Chevelle SartinHighland
OF — Ashton FriendCowley
OF — Hannah SchmidtHighland
OF — Macie CervantesAllen
Util — Christian WindCowley
P — Haylee VanDeventerLabette
P — Bailey LacyHighland
C — Kerry MurphyJohnson County
C — Skylar DarnellCowley
1B — Stewart KinsleyNeosho County
2B — Britney SmithKansas City
2B — Torey BurkhardtJohnson County
3B — Kaylen LassleyHesston
3B — Julia HawkinsLabette
SS — Jessie MirandaHesston
SS — Hannah RedickKansas City
OF –Devin PurcellKansas City
OF — Alyssa WesleyHighland
OF — Lexi AvalosHesston
Util — Amy BretadoHesston
Allen — Madisyn Thompson, Meg Kirk.
Cowley — Kalyn Stigall, Taylor Hinnenkamp.
Hesston — Paige Bittle.
Highland — Kami Zimmerman, Cassidy Geer.
Johnson County — Kelsy Orender, Jordyn Clough, Dezman Duncan, Emily Fox, Ivy Brewer, Megan Weigel.
Labette — Payton Nigh.
Neosho County — Sierra Spurlock, Alyssa Rogers.