All-state softball teams released
Following standout seasons on the diamond, a total of 18 area softball players have been rewarded with IGCA all-state honors.
Fort Dodge’s Mallory Kilian and Lexi Astor each landed on the Class 4A top squad, while Dodger Lani Van Zyl claimed a spot on the second team.
In 2A, St. Edmond’s Amanda Lansman was selected to the top squad. Maggie Harvey was also picked to the second team for the Gaels, while Jessica Kuebler made the third squad.
Kilian, a junior, paced the Dodgers in nearly every major statistical category, including batting average (.500), slugging percentage (.975), on-base percentage (.546), hits (59), RBI (56), home runs (13) and triples (5). She set the single-season program mark for longballs this year and tied Charles City’s Mara Forsyth for the 4A lead. Pitching-wise, Kilian went 17-5 in 129 2/3 innings of work.
The University of Northern Iowa commit recorded 116 strikeouts.
“Mallory was in the top 10 in many categories,” FDSH head coach Andi Adams said. “She could literally play any position for us. I know a lot of other coaches respect Mallory’s athletic ability by how they command on the field.”
Astor, a senior left fielder, held a .468 offensive average with a team-high 30 stolen bases, 59 hits, 35 runs and 16 RBI.
“Lexi was noted for her speed and ability to steal a lot of bases,” said Adams. “She played regularly for three years and was very consistent at the top of our lineup.”
Van Zyl, a junior shortstop, batted .397 with 45 runs, 23 stolen bases, 21 RBI and team-bests in runs (45) and walks (27).
“Lani was definitely known for her leadership and voice on the field,” Adams said. “She has a strong demeanor and really works hard. I was very blessed and proud to have all three (Kilian, Astor and Van Zyl) make (all-state) again. I’m glad to have Mallory and Lani both coming back next year.”
Lansman, an Iowa Central recruit, was 28-5 with a 1.03 ERA in 198 innings. The junior right-hander yielded 133 hits with 227 strikeouts.
“Amanda was very well deserving,” SEHS head coach Paul Hunt said. “I felt she was pretty much the class of 2A as far as pitching goes.”
Harvey, a freshman catcher, led St. Edmond in batting average (.472), slugging percentage (.840), hits (50), RBI (48), runs (40), home runs (7), doubles (12), triples (3), stolen bases (22) and walks (12).
“Since Maggie came up last year, I think she’s been one of the top five catchers in the state at any level,” said Hunt. “We look forward to seeing what she can do now in the future.”
Kuebler, a senior first baseman, tallied a .435 average at the plate with 47 hits, 27 RBI, 15 runs and 11 doubles.
“There were no surprises with Kuebler getting on either,” Hunt said. “She hit over .400 again and did a great job at first base. I definitely expected those names (Lansman, Harvey and Kuebler) to all be in the (all-state) running.”
Newell-Fonda senior Renee Maneman (.553 BA, 86 SB, 63 H, 61 R) and Southeast Webster-Grand senior Jossie Ferrari (.563 BA, 45 H, 28 R, 22 RBI) were tabbed to the 1A top squad. Sophomore Jordan Wilken (.343 BA, 43 R, 36 H, 34 SB) of Newell-Fonda was chosen to the second team, while Bishop Garrigan sophomore Johanna Vaske (.347 BA, 35 H, 26 R, 25 RBI) was picked to the third squad. Bishop Garrigan senior Taylor Hovey (.387 BA, 36 H, 24 R) and West Bend-Mallard senior Cassie Gearhart (.500 BA, 46 H, 21 RBI) each garnered honorable mention status.
North Union senior Dena Looft (.462 BA, 49 H, 40 RBI, 23 R) was nominated to the 2A top team. Pocahontas Area sophomore Autumn Radig (.513 BA, 41 H, 29 R, 23 RBI), North Union junior Peyton Oleson (23-5; 187 IP, 159 H, 1.76 ERA) and Prairie Valley senior Clara Pearson (.378 BA, 31 H, 27 R, 19 RBI) were all nominated to the 2A third squad.
Humboldt freshman Avery Terwilliger (.536 BA, 52 H, 39 RBI) was voted to the 3A top squad, while East Sac County sophomore Lexi Berry (.466 BA, 34 H, 32 RBI) made the second team.