The all-state softball lists are out and 10 local athletes earned all-state honors this year.
In Class AA there were six selections, three first-team (Troy’s Riley McClellan at shortstop and teammate Roxanne Kinsgley at third base) and Melody Kneller of Wyalusing at catcher.
Three more earned-second team honors in Class AA , all from Wyalusing, with Hailey Jayne (pitcher); freshman Laci Norton (2nd base) and Madalyn Valoroso (3rd base) earning the honors.
For McClellan it’s special to earn all-state honors.
“ I’m really excited to be selected for all state, especially since I’ve worked so hard to be successful in softball so this makes it feel like it has payed off tremendously,” McClellan said. “Also would like to thank my amazing coaches (Kate Wright and Kyle Smith) for pushing me to be my best that I can be.”
It’s special for McClellan to see Kingsley earn honors as well.
“I’m extremely proud of Roxanne for accomplishing this as well,” she said. “It feels great to share this with her.”
This wasn’t the easiest year for Jayne, so she’s happy to earn an honor like this, and see so many of her teammates recognized as well.
“I’m very glad to see that I made an all-state team for a second time,” she said. “It was a rough year for me on the mound this year and fighting through it and reaching this accomplishment makes me feel better about this year’s season. I am unbelievably proud of my teammates and all of their accomplishments this year. I am so happy for them and am forever grateful to get to play the sport I love with them.”
In Class A NEB’s Jordan Shumway earned second team honors in the outfield and Mykenzie Malacusky of Sullivan County earned second-team honors as a utility player.
Shumway was happy to earn the honor for the second straight year.
“I just want to thank my parents for always helping me and supporting me and my coaches and teammates for making me a better player,” Shumway said.
Athens’ Emma Adams (outfield) and Megan Bennett (pitcher) each earned second-team honors in AAA.