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2021 Sports in Kansas 2-1A All-State Softball Team

Kaitlin Crossland led Colgan to back to back state titles. (Patty Jesse)
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen w/ Conor Nicholl
Jun 21, 2021

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Sports in Kansas has released its 2021 All-State Softball Team. Selections were finalized by Sports in Kansas (Chet Kuplen & Conor Nicholl) with input from several (25+) media members/media outlets in Kansas, this is not the coaches association team or just its members, every league and team in Kansas are eligible. Teams were also selected after the conclusion of the season. While the selection process is never perfect we encourage cooperation throughout the season with info/stats sent into Sports in Kansas at sportsinkansas@gmail.com. 

IF YOU MADE THIS LIST BELOW ORDER YOUR SPORTS IN KANSAS ALL-STATE SOFTBALL PATCH - FIRST OR SECOND TEAM, OR HONORABLE MENTION ASAP BY EMAILING Chet Kuplen of Sports in Kansas, at: sportsinkansas@gmail.com

2021 Sports in Kansas 2-1A Softball Player of the Year

Kaitlin Crossland, St. Mary's Colgan, Senior

All season, Pittsburg-Colgan was the significant Class 2-1A state favorite to repeat as the state softball champion after the 2019 state title. Colgan returned multiple key players from its ’19 team, including twins Ashley and Allie Marietta and pitcher Kaitlin Crossland, the reigning 2-1A Player of the Year. Crossland completed a highly elite three-sport career with another 2-1A Player of the Year honor.

This year, Crossland also earned second team all-state volleyball and second team all-state in basketball. Colgan lost in the state volleyball quarterfinals to Olathe Heritage Christian, and the state basketball finale to Sterling. OHC won state volleyball. Colgan won the first state basketball games in program history this season under HC Abby Farabi. Crossland, the heart of Colgan athletics, hit .494 in 81 at-bats this spring.

She delivered a .523 on-base percentage and 1.037 slugging. Crossland delivered 40 hits – 12 doubles, four triples, eight homers and 40 RBI with 29 runs scored. In the circle, Crossland threw 140 innings and pitched in all 25 of Colgan’s games. She started 21 contests and finished 20-2 with a 1.45 earned-run average.

Against a strong CNC schedule, Crossland struck out 205 batters against 30 walks. Crossland collected first team all-league unanimous honors at pitcher. She earned KODE Athlete of the Year and Kansas High School Sports Awards Top 12 Selection (all classes). Crossland graduated co-valedictorian and had numerous college offers for volleyball and softball. Crossland had elected to be a student at the University of Arkansas and study Biology/Pre-Med in the Honors Program.

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Pepsi of Pittsburg is proud to support local athletics and the St. Mary's Colgan Panthers. Congrats to the 2021 SMC softball team for bringing home the state title. 

Congratulations to Kaitlin Crossland!  We are so proud of you!! The Hamilton Family. Kevin Hamilton of Edward Jones is proud to support the SMC Panthers. Congrats on the 2021 2-1A state title. 

Congratulations, Kaitlin Crossland, on being selected 2021 2-1A Softball Player of the Year.  Crossland Construction Company, Inc is proud to support Colgan Panther Athletics!

Congratulations Kaitlin on being named the 2021 player of the year!  You have worked extremely hard for this well deserved honor.  So proud of you.  From everyone at PRG Professional.
 

Sports in Kansas 2021 2-1A Softball Coach of the Year

 Creighton Winters, Burlingame

Pittsburg-Colgan was the favorite throughout the spring and captured the state title, its second straight after winning in ’19. However, SIK noted multiple times this spring the high number of historical seasons for other top 2-1A teams. Coach Annie Dellasega has led Colgan to both titles.

Among the state teams, Marion (21-3) went to the state tournament for the first time. Mission Valley (24-2) took third place for its top finish since ’03. Belle Plaine was 31-45 in the last five years. This season, Belle Plaine went 20-5 and earned a final four showing. BP enjoyed its best season in more than two decades. Belle Plaine softball was the lone squad to beat Cheney in girls’ basketball and softball this year.

Burlingame, though, earned state runner-up for a 22-4 season. The Bearcats defeated Marion, 6-0, and beat Belle Plaine, 6-1, in the semifinals. In the championship, Burlingame lost to Colgan, 6-0. The Bearcats were considered a 2-1A favorite entering the season with eight returning starters back from a 2019 state qualifying team, led by senior Graci Masters, senior third baseman Megan Griffin, junior shortstop Daelyn Winters, junior Kenna Masters, senior left fielder Katie Shaffer, junior center fielder Emma Tyson, senior first baseman Jaden Shaffer and senior catcher Morgan Soppe. Burlingame had key sophomores Alexandra Crook and catcher Gracie Simmons.

Coach Creighton Winters, who also enjoyed a strong run as Burlingame’s boys’ basketball coach, has led Burlingame softball to state in ’19 and ’21. Daelyn Winters had a strong softball season and won four state track medals and was a part of two school record relays.

Graci Masters and Crook served as a talented 1-2 in the circle all spring. Against Northern Heights, both pitchers threw a no-hitter. Earlier in the season, Masters had no-hitters against Southern Lyon County and Wichita Homeschool. Burlingame split with Oskaloosa in the regular season; Oskaloosa finished 18-5. Before then, Burlingame was 0-16 against Oskaloosa since ’13.

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2021 Sports in Kansas 2-1A All-State Softball

First Team Order patch by email ASAP: sportsinkansas@gmail.com

P- Kaitlin Crossland, Colgan

P- Alexandra Crook, Burlingame

P- Morgan Tomlinson, Mission Valley

C- Jude Kerr, Jayhawk Linn

C- Alli Marietta, Colgan

IF- Megan Deters, Mission Valley

IF- Emilie Nation, Jayhawk Linn

IF- Daelyn Winters, Burlingame

IF- Jayden May, Marion

IF- Jaycie Calvaruzo, Mission Valley

IF- Kara Hafenstine, Wabaunsee

OF- Ashley Marietta, Colgan

OF- Emma Tyson, Bulringame

OF- Delaney Blakesley, Burlingame

OF- Ryeligh Jones, Wabaunsee

OF- Laura Savage, Marion

Util- Raegan Pirtle, Bluestem

Util- Shelby Underwood, NE Arma

Sports in Kansas Second Team All-State Order patch by email ASAP: sportsinkansas@gmail.com

P- Audrey Tubach, Chase Co.

P- Stephanie Miller, Spearville

P- Raleigh Kramer, Ell Saline

C- Cheyenne Cooper, Belle Plaine

IF- Addia Nau, Spearville

IF- Angela AKestrom, Mission Valley

IF- Gabbie Lujan, Belle Plaine

IF- Sydnie Jones – Bucklin

IF- Grace Wixson, Colgan

IF- Jenna Richardson, Cedar Vale/Dexter

OF- Brylee Potter, Chase Co.

OF- Reagen Hill, Troy

OF- Josie Walker, Belle Plaine

Util- Molly Proper, Yates Center

Sports in Kansas 2-1A All-State Softball Honorable Mention 

Order patch by email ASAP: sportsinkansas@gmail.com

Maddie Talbott – Belle Plaine, Raleigh Kramer – Ell Saline, Maya Werner – Sedgwick, Erin Durst – Moundridge, Paige Brown – Sedgwick, Jayden May – Marion, Taylin Lacey – Sedgwick, Bri Catlin – Sedgwick, Rieley Wells – Hutch Trinity, Kami Matson – Sedgwick, Megan Neufeld – Marion, Laura Savage – Marion, Sadie Bradley – Ell Saline, Chisholm Waner – Marion,Kaitlyn Anderson – Cedar Vale, Jasmine Helvy – Cedar Vale, Kyndel Randall – Cedar Vale, Morgan Cook – Central Burden, Emma Garrison – Cenral Burden, Emily Long – Central Burden, Haven Wunderlich – Central Burden, Sidney Sorum – Flinthills, Kylee Weis – Flint Hills, Lauren Payne – Oxford, Marissa Williams – Oxford, Jacie Cummings – Sedan, Caitlyn Sherman – Sedan, Aubrey Eilers – Udall, Harlee Town – West Elk, Lydia Woods – West Elk, Delaney Beavers – Bluestem, Delaney Blakesley – Bluestem, Raegan Pirtle – Bluestem, Brooklyn Ellis – Humboldt, Isabelle Murrow – Humboldt, Emily Ross – Humboldt, Karley Wools – Humboldt, Emma Brill – Colgan, Julia Barco – Elkhart, Chevelle  Ralstin – Elkhart, Mackenzie Arelanno – SW Heights, Morgan McDaniel – SW Heights, Katie Lance – Pleasant Ridge, Remi McColley – McLouth, Kelsi Ko – Pleasant Ridge, Renay Meyers – Valley Falls, M. Pantile – ACCHS, Kayla Yates – Valley Falls, Tannah Forbes – ACCHS, Lani Pantile – ACCHS, Allison Parker – Pleasant Ridge, Corissa Bandel – McLouth, Caitlyn Thomas – Valley Falls, Paxton Meyer – Wabaunsee, Skylar Zortz – SE Cherokee, Alexa Fuhrman – Uniontown, Lindsy Dissen – Oswego, Morgan Collins – Yates Center, Jenna Holt – Jayhawk Linn, Molly Proper – Yates Center, Allie Christman – Yates Center, Aubree Holloran – Crest, AMyKayla Ard – Marmaton Valley, Rachel Fox – NE Arma, Kaylee Yarnell – NE Arma, Jayden Willard – Jayhawk Linn, Millie Stockard – Colgan, Addison Easter – Lyndon, Abby Tubach – Chase County, Makenzie Murray – Mission Valley, Tatianna Halupa – Mission Valley


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