The Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association honored the state’s top softball stars by naming its first-team All-State players. Seven area athletes made the grade and were acknowledged as the top leaders.
Mona Shores slugger Taylor Dew was named Division 1 first team All-State and finished her career with 52 home runs. Dew had broken the state’s career home run record late in the season and finished second in the run behind Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard senior Julia Kennedy who finished with 55.
Spring Lake led the area with the most players on the top list, posting three players in Division 2. Lauren Hellman, Madelyn Nelson and Linsey Paggeot were named first team All-State.
Oakridge and Fruitport also had players make first team All-State in Division 2. The Trojans’ Aurora Wilks was honored on the top team and Oakridge’s Sophia Wiard also was named first team All-State.
In Division 4, Holton’s Morgan Murat received first-team All-State honors.
Honorable mention All-State picks are Veronica Kastelic of Mona Shores (Division 1), Kayla Fessenden of Oakridge and Leah Vaughn of Spring Lake (Division 2), and Kylie Gould and Haylee Brant of Holton (Division 4).