SE’s Hunt a district coach of the year

Paul Hunt led the St. Edmond softball team to a sixth-place finish in Class 2A this past season.

For his efforts and that of his players, Hunt was recently named the 2A district coach of the year for the Central region by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association.

Along with his own achievement, Gael players Allie Oberg and Maggie Harvey were also placed on the all-district squad in 2A.

Fort Dodge’s Mallory Kilian and Lexi Astor, who helped lead the Dodgers to a CIC Northern conference title, were placed on the 5A West squad.

The Gaels advanced to the state tournament for the first time since 2010. Fort Dodge was knocked out by eventual third-place finisher Ankeny in a regional final.

“It’s a really nice complement and I am honored to receive the award,” Hunt said. “I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with such a dedicated group of girls.”

Of the four local players from Fort Dodge and St. Edmond who made the honor roll, only Oberg graduates. Astor was a junior, Kilian a sophomore and Harvey just an eighth-grader.

In 4A, Kaitlyn Biere of Webster City and Humboldt’s Lauren Friesth were named to the West team. Biere was also one of 32 players that made the academic all-state squad.

Jenna Peters (East Sac County), Jennifer Kennedy and Marissa Promes (Greene County) and Sara Steinman (Algona) were named in 3A, while Lexi Miller (Eagle Grove) and Mackenzie Rittgers (Pocahontas Area) made the 2A team.

Greene County’s Tom Kennedy was 3A Central district coach of the year.

The 1A honor list featured Newell-Fonda’s Renee Maneman. The Mustangs placed fourth at state last month.

Also, McKenzie Grimm and Cassie Gearhart (West Bend-Mallard), Taylor Hovey (Bishop Garrigan) and Briley Sullivan (Laurens-Marathon) were honored.