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 email@example.com.
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2021 Sports in Kansas 3A Softball Player of the Year
Korri Lies, Cheney Jr.
Cheney coach Matt Johnson believed Cardinal junior Korri Lies was the 3A Most Valuable Player at the state tournament – and the classification’s top pitcher. There was also strong consensus that Lies was the best player in 3A all spring. Johnson believed Lies “has done it all,” both pitching and hitting. Lies finished 15-0 with a 1.32 earned-run average. She delivered 145 strikeouts against 10 walks and had an ERA under 1.00 before the state tournament. At the plate, Lies carried a .446 average and delivered the walk-off hit to beat Rock Creek in the state quarterfinals. Johnson said he was “really thankful” that RC didn’t walk Lies in that situation.
Cheney trailed 1-0 entering the bottom of the second and 5-1 entering the bottom of the fourth. Cheney never led until Lies’ walk-off hit.
Cheney finished 25-1 and captured the first state softball championship in school history. The Cardinals, seeded first in ’19, lost in the quarterfinals to Frontenac, which went onto win the state title.
Cheney came back to beat Rock Creek, 6-5, in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, the Cardinals defeated Hoisington/Central Plains, 4-2. For the finals, Cheney held off Silver Lake, 1-0.
Johnson told SIK that he has been in contact with Kansas softball regarding Lies. She has a goal to play Division I softball. At state, Lies threw all 21 innings. She faced 89 batters and struck out 31 against only three walks.
Sports in Kansas 2021 3A Softball Coach of the Year
Matt Johnson, Cheney
Cheney coach Matt Johnson has long been influential in starting, developing and growing the Cardinal softball program. Johnson recently retired after a 27-year stint as a Cheney teacher and had continued to coach. At the start of the season, Johnson told his team “this is our year,” and believed Cheney had the experience, talented youth, good bats and an ace pitcher in junior Korri Lies.
Cheney had reached the state softball tournament five previous times, though had never won a state game.
Before the state tournament, Cheney senior Kylee Scheer, the team’s center fielder, leadoff hitter and three-sport all-stater, told Johnson that Cheney wasn’t just going to win one state game – “we are going to win the whole thing.”
Cheney, led by multiple veterans, including Lies, Scheer, and outfielder Lexi Cline and several coaching moves, finished 25-1 and won the 3A state championship. Cheney enjoyed a remarkable volleyball, basketball and softball season with a combined 78-5 record. The Cardinals posted an undefeated year in girls’ basketball with many of the same girls for softball.
Cheney’s lone loss in basketball and softball came to Belle Plaine in a regular season softball game.
Per KSHSAA results, Cheney girls’ basketball and softball had the highest combined winning percentage (50-1) of any school in the last 20 years. Cheney became just the fifth team to win girls’ basketball and softball in the same school year since ’00.
Previous schools were St. Marys in ’00 and ’09, Bishop Miege in ’02 and Bishop Carroll in ’04.
At state softball, Cheney required a comeback to beat Rock Creek, 6-5, in the quarterfinals. RC had a talented offense, led by juniors Grace Gehl, Brooke Goehring and Sophia Haverkamp. Gehl hit seven homers, and Goehring hit 10 triples, which tied or set school records.
Cheney defeated Hoisington/Central Plains, 4-2, in the semifinals. In the championship, Cheney defeated longtime power Silver Lake, 1-0.
Lies was the consensus 3A Player of the Year for softball. Scheer is headed to Emporia State basketball. Johnson believed Scheer, a quick, left-handed, slap hitter with a great outfield arm, could have been a Division I softball player.
Scheer led Cheney with a team-high .600 average, along with 45 runs scored and 38 steals with just one caught stealing. Lies hit .446, along with 145 strikeouts in the circle. Elina Bartlett carried a .560 average with a team-high 38 RBI and had key hits in the regional win versus Kingman/Norwich. Cheney hit .462 as a team. Johnson was extremely pleased with his squad up and down the roster and said all the girls “can truly believe” they contributed to the state title.
Bartlett, Lies, Peyton McCormick and Cline were first team all-league selections at utility, pitcher, designated hitter and outfielder, respectively. Cline and junior first baseman Brooklyn Wewe were honorable mention all-league picks. Johnson believed Wewe was an all-state caliber first baseman. Wewe hit a Cheney-best .625 at the state tournament.
Cline, a stalwart defensive player in volleyball and basketball for several years, came back at the end of basketball after a collarbone injury. Johnson moved her from left field to right field. Johnson said it took Cline a little while to buy into the change.
Then, Cline liked right field more than left field because she got more plays. Johnson said Cline made probably more diving catches in right field than any girl he’s ever had. Cline would also play very close to the infield but never get burned. Cline hit second early, and Johnson moved her to eighth. In the state title game, Cheney’s No. 2 hole hitter, second baseman Jailyn Adolph accounted for the only run with her first over-the-fence homer of the year.
In ’19, Lexi Lorenz split catching duties. This year, she moved from third base to catcher full-time and did a fine job catching Lies.
Another pivotal change involved sophomore shortstop Anna Martin and McCormick, a strong powerlifter. McCormick finished fifth in the Class 3A state powerlifting meet in the 148-pound class with a total weight of 475 points.
Compared to Martin, McCormick carried a higher batting average, and Johnson elected to use her as a DH. In the state quarterfinals, McCormick keyed the Rock Creek comeback with a big homer. Later in the state tournament, Cheney needed a bunt. Martin was a better bunter for McCormick and delivered a bunt. Overall, McCormick hit .457 with 33 RBI.
2021 Sports in Kansas 3A All-State Softball
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P- Korri Lies, Cheney
P- Maguire Estill, Haven
P- Kassidy Nixon, Hoisington
P- Mia Brown, Frontenac
P - Avery Wende, Silver Lake
C- Rayna Jasper, Anderson County
C- Sophia Rockhold, Oskaloosa
C- Dani Klein, Hillsboro
IF Madi Tolle, Smoky Valley
IF- Heather Arnett, Frontenac
IF- Ellington Hogle, Silver Lake
IF- Riley McNemar, Galena
IF- Amie Yoder, Haven
IF- Reese Curry, Oskaloosa
IF- McKenzie McDaniel, Silver Lake
IF- Regan Curry, Oskaloosa
OF- Abi Beamon, Frontenac
OF- Grace Gehl, Rock Creek
OF- Rylee Boone, Prairie View
OF- Kylee Scheer, Cheney
Util/DP- Brooke Brawner, Haven
Util/DP- Kadence Urban, Hoisington
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P- Chloe Odle, Beloit
P- Sophia Haverkamp, Rock Creek
P- Korryn Johnson, Holcomb
P- Aubree Saporito, Columbus
P- Elle Stember, Oskaloosa
P- Hayden Serna, Osage City
P- Cheyenne Cramer, Scott City
C- Hailey Horton, Silver Lake
C- Braxton Steinbrook, Prairie View
C- Myra Megli, Douglass
IF- Aly Hageman, Kingman
IF- Brooklyn Wewe, Cheney
IF- Brooklyn Goehring, Rock Creek
IF- Annie Lee, Frontenac
IF- Gracie Rabe, Rossville
IF- Jordyn Harrison, St. Mary’s
OF- Taylor Damme, Perry Lecompton
OF- Sadie Estill, Haven
OF- Kaitlyn Simpson, Columbus
OF- Blayze McNemar, Galena
OF- Taryn Burkhardt, Silver Lake
OF- Elle Dragone, Council Grove
OF- Lexi McDaniel, Wellsville
OF- Kaibryn Kruger, Silver Lake
Util/DP- Elina Bartlett, Cheney
Util/DP- Peyton McCormick, Cheney
Sports in Kansas 3A All-State Softball Honorable Mention
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Kamrie Miller – Colby, Anna Guitterez – Goodland, Rian Rodriguez – Holcomb, Kennedy Stanley – Colby, Dani Kugler – Cimarron, Amber Latta – Scott City, Makaya Walk – Goodland, Blair Holiday – Holcomb, Bracelyn Lynn – Cimarron, Hayden Bellamy _ Colby, Jenna Seabolt – Cimarron, Janelle Belt – Kingman, Jordie Brewer – Douglass, Laney Wood – Kingman, Addie Stultz – Indpeendent, Lexi Cline – Cheney, Dani Klein – Hillsboro, Emily Robl – Lyons, Payton Divine – Halstead, Kayeligh Arriola – Lyons, Sadie Estill – Haven, Kam Kaminska – Caney Valley, Makenna Kihn – Cherryvale, Ryleigh Smalley – Eureka, Gracie Walden – Eureka, Gwyn Back – Fredonia, Grace Johnson – Neodesha, Amy Smith – Neodesha, Jaycee Long – Santa Fe Trail, Myka Watkins – Burlington, Kaylyn Drisbow – Anderson County, Alison Brown – Anderson County, Cali Foltz – Anderson County, Raven Warren – Frontenac, Madalyn Cole – Galena, Alex Schreiner - Kingman, Lily Mooney – Columbus, Kaitlyn Lopp – Columbus, Mia Sarwinski – Galena, Taehler Watkins – Galena, Allie Fry – Baxter, Kennedi Krokroskia – Baxter, Kenzie Houser – Riverton, Halle Painter – Baxter, Alexis Jenkins – Girard, Laney Schafer – Marysville, Emily Dressman – Marysville, Maci Rover – Marysville, Taylor Damme – Perry Lecompton, Rachel Cloud – Jefferson West, Melinna Schumann – Sabetha, Mallory Young – Jefferson West, Laura Edelman – Sabetha, Taryn Grantstrom – Nemaha Central, Karlie Albirhght – Royal Valley, Sam Nordhus – Nemaha Central, Callyn Pavlish – Hiawatha, Abbey Zabel – Haskell County, Haven Jaso – Haskell County, Maddie Jaso – Haskell County, Jaya Esquibel – Lakin, Talyn Beltran – Lakin, Destiny Bergstresser – Rossville, Ashtyn Culp – Riley County, Jenna Weers – Rock Creek, Brinley Dyche – Rossville, McKenna Mayhew – St. Mary’s, Justice Large – Hesston, C.J. Rignell – Riley County, Cassie Albin – Hesston, Paisley Butler – Council Grove, Keely Honas – Council Grove
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