All-league honors for Bruins, Miners
In addition to winning the Division III Sac-Joaquin Section championship this year, for the second year in a row, Bear River’s softball team can also revel in its individual achievements after all nine of its players were honored as either first-team or second-team All-Pioneer Valley League selections.
Kelly Shepard, the team’s star pitcher who went 27-3 over the season with 204 strikeouts, was named Most Valuable Player. Coach Duane Zauner, who led the Bruins to back-to-back section championships and an overall 30-3 record, was named coach of the year.
Joining Shepard on the league’s first team were catcher Jenna Wermes, shortstop Courtney Ceo, second baseman Katie Mathis and first baseman Kathryn Rabak.
Ceo led the team with a .513 batting average while Mathis (.421), Shepard (.416), Wermes (.355) and Rabak (.347) not far behind.
Outfielders Jasmine McGown, Brooke Mosman and Tori Humbard, along with third baseman Tera Reason were named to the second team.
“They all started in the program as freshmen,” Zauner said. “And they have a lot of experience, which is why they get recognized so much.”
Bear River finished the year No. 3 in the state, according to Cal-Hi Sports Division III softball rankings. They also finished No. 15 overall in all of Northern California according to the high school sports Web site.
NU soccer players honored
Nevada Union soccer players Annie Dunne, Joyclyn Rapp and Abbie Velasquez were named to the All-Sierra Foothill League first team for their strong play at defender and midfield.
Dunne, a sophomore, was named the team’s defender of the year while Rapp, a senior and team captain, was named the team’s midfielder of the year.
Avery Vaughan, the team’s senior goalkeeper and other team captain, received honorable mention while forward Alana Migliardi also received honorable mention.
Two Miners named to first team
Nevada Union’s baseball team produced two first-team selections in the Sierra Foothill League, with Will Havard and Kelcey Wirick taking the honors.
Both the seniors batted over .300 on the year. Wirick has also been selected to the Optimist All-Star game, held 7 p.m. Saturday June 7 at American River College.
To contact Sports Writer Zuri Berry, e-mail email@example.com or call 477-4244.
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