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Montgomery’s Persing named Pitcher of the Year; 42 area players named all-state in softball

One of the best are softball seasons in area history has culminated with quite a statement. Anyone who doubted this area’s softball strength likely is silenced now after 42 players were named to the Pennsylvania Softball Coaches Association all-state teams.

Montgomery captured the Class A state championship and headlined the six all-state teams at the area level with five players earning all-state honors. And Faith Persing earned Pitcher of the Year, putting an exclamation point on one of the most dominant scholastic careers in area history. Outfielder Jenna Waring joined Persing on the first team, while first baseman Taylor McRae, catcher Shelby McRae and outfielder Kaylei Snyder were second team selections.

Bucktail also was all over the Class A all-state team with five players earning spots. Shortstop Makenzie Wagner was a first team selection, while catcher Jordan Burrows, second baseman Haley Burrows, Emma Poorman (utility) and outfielder Alexis Lowery earned second team honors. Canton rounded out the area showing at the Class A level with three players making the team. Third baseman Molly Ward and Keri Wesneski (utility) were first team selections and shortstop Emmi Ward a second team pick.

Muncy put together its best season since 2017, reaching the state tournament and winning a game there. Four players who helped ignite that run were honored with spots on the Class AA team. Pitcher Nolah Moyer and second baseman Izzy Gush earned first team honors, with shortstop Casey Fry and outfielder Chavelle Bauman reaching the second team.

The HAC-II was one of the state’s premier conferences this past season and it showed at the Class AAA level with state runner-up Lewisburg and Loyalsock each placing four players on the team. Lancer second baseman Kathryn Schluter was a first team selection, being joined by second team Lancers outfielders Allyia Kennedy and Mallory Rodarmel, as well as shortstop Hannah Winter. Lewisburg reached the state final for the first time and second team selections pitcher Kimmy Shannon, catcher Sydney Bolinsky, third baseman Erin Field and second baseman Carley Wagner playing major roles.

Hughesville shortstop Sara Stroup capped a super season by becoming just the second Spartan to earn all-state honors. Stroup was chosen at the utility position and joins 2017 graduate Makenna Budman on Hughesville’s Wall of Fame.

Jersey Shore enjoyed an excellent season, returning to the District 4 Class AAAA championship. It placed three players who helped make it happen on that team. Outfielder Grace Lorson, first baseman Isabelle Engel and Emma Pfirman (utility) earned all-state honors and all will be returning next year.

Central Mountain won a record 21 games, captured a District 6 championship and reached the state quarterfinals. Three players who enjoyed excellent seasons along the way earned Class 5A all-state honors. Pitcher Adalynn McKeague, shortstop Caitlyn Watson and Allison Lininger (utility) all were selected to the second team.

Williamsport captured its first district championship since 2012 and reached the state quarterfinals for the first time in 11 years. Myla Kelley and Aubri Blair helped make that run happen and were chosen as Class 6A second team all-staters. Kelley, a senior, was selected as an outfielder and Blair, a junior, at shortstop.

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