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2018 Sports in Kansas 5A All-State Softball Team

Shawnee Heights dominates the 5A all-state list and went undefeated. (Photo: Brent Maycock)
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Jun 21, 2018

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Sports in Kansas has released its 2018 All-State Softball Team. Selections were finalized by Sports in Kansas with input from several media outlets in Kansas. Input was taken from coaches and athletic director nomination forms sent in to Sports in Kansas following the 2018 season, not prior. This is not the Coaches Association Team, this is from Sports in Kansas only. They also have an all-state team.



Sports in Kansas 5A Player of the Year

Lauren Mills, Seaman Sr. IF/P

The Wichita State signee had an outstanding senior season in which she his .696 over 25 games with 39 hits, 60 RBI, eight doubles, 15 homers, despite being walked 39 times. She only struck out three times all season and had a .825 on base percentage and 1.642 slugging percentage. She only committed one error all season and was also 8-1 in 12 appearances in the circle as a pitcher.

Sports in Kansas 5A Pitcher of the Year

Paige Petefish, Shawnee Heights

Petefish helped lead the T-Birds to their second consecutive undefeated season and ranked among the states leaders in strikeouts, ERA and wins in 2018. She was 14-0 on the year with 106 strikeouts in 70 innings pitched for the undefeated T-Birds. She had an ERA of 1.00

The Shawnee Heights Booster Club would like to congratulate the T-Birds on all of their success. Congrats on another 5A state title! Proud to supporter Shawnee Heights Softball!

Sports in Kansas 5A Coach of the Year

Tara Griffith, Shawnee Heights, 25-0 5A State Champs

After being an assistant for 15 years at 6A power Washburn Rural and then one season at Washburn University, Griffith was hired at nearby rival program Shawnee Heights in August 2017 replacing Steve Giddens who just came off a perfect 25-0 season. Griffith had huge shoes to fill and followed the footsteps perfectly, going 25-0 and winning another 5A state title. Shawnee Heights has now won undefeated titles back to back in 5A with a loaded cast of players, six which made first team all-state in 2018. They have won 50 straight softball games in a loaded league and loaded classification. Her team was very disciplined at the plate hitting .452 and only striking out 54 times in 25 games. Her pitching staff only allowed 21 earned runs throughout the season as well. Shawnee Heights isn't going anywhere anytime soon as a loaded cast of players return again in 2019. 


The Shawnee Heights Booster Club would like to congratulate the T-Birds on all of their success. Congrats on another 5A state title! Proud to supporter Shawnee Heights Softball!

Sports in Kansas 5A Tournament Most Outstanding Player

Aniya Holt, Shawnee Heights Soph.

The third baseman put on a show at the 2018 state tournament going 10 of 11 with 10 hits in the tournament. That included two homers. Holt was also a first team all-state selection this season in addition to the outstanding state tournament. Holt hit .559 with eight homers and 40 RBI in 2018

The Shawnee Heights Booster Club would like to congratulate the T-Birds on all of their success. Congrats on another 5A state title! Proud to supporter Shawnee Heights Softball!

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First Team

P-Reagan Smith, Bishop Carroll

P- Makayla Akin, Seaman

P- Paige Petefish, Shawnee Heights

P – Jaycee Ginter, Shawnee Heights

P- Bailey Zuniga, Aquinas

C- Kaleigh Bayless, Shawnee Heights

C- Jess Garcia, Mill Valey

IF- Lauren Mills, Seaman

IF- Kaylin Watkins, Bishop Carroll

IF- Trinity Morris, Seaman

IF- Abbey Fischer, Shawnee Heights

IF- Aniya Holt, Shawnee Heights

IF- Savannah Hughes, Maize

OF- Maci Omli, Eisenhower

OF- Lydia Ostenson, Shawnee Heights

OF- Peyton Moeder, Mill Valley

OF- Lauren Johnson, Maize South

OF- Hadley Kerschen, Bishop Carroll

Util- Josie Hutcheson, Shawnee Heights

Util- Kari Holzrichter, Aquinas

Second Team

P- Ashley Thissen, Maize South

P- Lauren Florez, Mill Valley

P- Sydni Williams, Goddard

P- Allyson Montgomery, Eisenhower

P- Madi Arnold, Maize

P- Lauryn Ogden, Maize

C- Emma Henning, Bishop Carroll

C- Katie Reeg, BV Southwest

C- Lindy Milkowski, Olathe West

C- Brooklyn Gallagher, Goddard

IF- Sadie Ast, Maize

IF- Sydney Wellshear, Shawnee Heights

IF- Isabelle Marcotte, Bishop Carroll

IF- Ally Vonfelt, Bishop Carroll

IF- Peyton Renzi, BV Southwest

OF- Emma Furnish, Eisenhower

OF- Mackenzie Chinn, Seaman

OF- Sophia Buzard, Maize

OF- Emily Peaney, Newton

Util- Sarah Conley, Andover

Util- Alexandria Nye, Kapaun

Sports in Kansas 5A All-State Honorable Mention

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Myla Turner – Pittsburg, Madden Petty – Pittsburg, Lydia Warner – Kapaun, Maria Collins – Kapaun, Macie Briggs – Kapaun, Sydney Linahan – Pittsburg, Bryant Peppard – Bishop Carroll, Maria Frank – Bishop Carroll, Lexie Pitcher – Maize, Emma Green – Bishop Carroll, Lexi Coulter – Shawnee Heights, Alexis Dial – Shawnee Heights, Raigan Kramer – Seaman, Kenzie Boyd – Seaman, Jaiden Anderson – Seaman, Kenneddee Lara – Bishop Carroll, McKensy Glass – Maize, Kaitlyn Wentworth, Kapaun, Carmen Mealman – Wichita Heights, Payton O’Donnell – Wichita Heights, Dawn Richardson – Wichita Heights, Ella Anciaux – Kapaun, Mauresa Caire- Kapaun, Taylor Sweat  Kapaun, Braeland Booth – Maize, Hannah Jones – Salina Central, Jacie Marcotte – Salina South, Kennedi Ratcliff – Salina South, Tarren Hudson – Maize, Sarah Conley – Andover, Brooklyn Gallagher – Goddard, Micah North – Goddard, Carley Sterneker – Maize South, Kylee Yocum – Maize South, Tessa Eubank – Andover, Faith Denning – Eisenhower, Chelsea Kurtz – Eisenhower, Sydni Williams – Goddard, Emme Yost – Goddard, Eliza Grady – Valley Center, Ashley Thomas – Valley Center, Ashley Blenden – Topeka West, Makaila Howard – Topeka West, Raigan Kramer – Seaman, Kenzie Boyd – Seaman, Lauren Jansen-Clark – Emporia, Kate Howard – Topeka West, Payten Redeker – Emporia, Brynn Riley – Emporia, Ava Bredwel - Mill Valley, Stevie Meade - Aquinas, Grett Sailer - BV Southwest, Grace Abram - Mill Valley, Madison Byerley - Aquinas, Caitlyn Parr - Aquinas, Brenna Brown - Leavenworth,