PHS’ Conn leads elite squad; Thomas wins coaching honor

By: 
Teddy Paynter

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville senior pitcher Erika Conn helped guide a dominating Lady Panther squad to the state tournament and first 15th Region championship since 2002.

 

Conn was honored this week by being named the Medical Leader’s Player of the Year.

 

She helped Pikeville to an overall record of 30-8, best the region, and was a key part of the Lady Panthers reaching the All “A” Classic state finals.

 

She was joined on the first team by three other outstanding pitchers – Pike Central junior Haley Howell, Johnson Central senior Micailyn Pierce and Paintsville sophomore Anna Keeton.

 

Johnson Central sophomore Courtney Collins and Phelps junior Kryslin Obermueller were tabbed as first-team catchers.

 

The infield was made up of Pikeville junior Camryn Slone, South Floyd senior Cheyenne Light, Pikeville senior Emily Hughes, Betsy Layne junior Megan Frazier and East Ridge sophomore Kelsi Slone.

 

Outfielders named were Pikeville junior Alexis Stanley, Johnson Central senior Annie VanHoose, Letcher Central senior Grayson Collier and Pikeville senior Savanna Nunemaker.

 

Utility players were Belfry junior Taylor Maynard and Johnson Central sophomore Alaina Castle.

 

Belfry sophomore Kailee Rash was tabbed as captain of the second team. The Pirate pitcher was joined by Letcher Central senior Rachel Spangler, Phelps senior Hannah Layne and East Ridge sophomore Caitlyn Coleman.

 

Letcher Central senior Hannah Wampler and East Ridge senior Kailee Slone were chosen as catchers.

 

The infield selections were Pikeville junior Lindsey McNamee, Betsy Layne senior Summer Johnson, Allen Central senior Haley Osborne, Johnson Central sophomore Abby Fannin and East Ridge junior Britney Tackett.

 

Utility players were Pikeville senior Catie Rowe, Pike Central junior Autumn Cox and East Ridge senior Kelsey Damron.

 

Pikeville head coach Dave Thomas repeated as Coach of the Year after guiding the Lady Panthers to their most successful season in 15 years.

 

 

 

All Area Softball Team

 

Coach of the Year

 

Dave Thomas, Pikeville

 

Player of the Year

 

Erika Conn, Sr., Pikeville

 

First Team

 

P – Haley Howell, Jr., Pike Central

 

P – Erika Conn, Sr., Pikeville (Capt.)

 

P – Micailyn Pierce, Sr., Johnson Central

 

P – Anna Keeton, So., Paintsville

 

C – Courtney Collins, So., Johnson Central

 

C – Kryslin Obermuller, Jr., Phelps

 

INF – Camryn Slone, Jr., Pikeville

 

INF – Cheyenne Light, Sr., South Floyd

 

INF – Emily Hughes, Sr., Pikeville

 

INF – Megan Frazier, Jr., Betsy Layne

 

INF – Kelsi Slone, So., East Ridge

 

OUT – Alexis Stanley, Jr., Pikeville

 

OUT – Annie VanHoose, Sr., Johnson Central

 

OUT – Grayson Collier, Sr., Letcher Central

 

OUT – Savanna Nunemaker, Sr., Pikeville

 

UTL – Taylor Maynard, Jr., Belfry

 

UTL – Alaina Castle, So., Johnson Central

 

Second Team

 

P – Kailee Rash, So., Belfry (Capt.)

 

P – Rachel Spangler, Sr., Letcher Central

 

P – Hannah Layne, Sr., Phelps

 

P – Caitlyn Coleman, So., East Ridge

 

C – Hannah Wampler, Sr., Letcher Central

 

C – Kailee Slone, Sr., East Ridge

 

INF – Lindsey McNamee, Jr., Pikeville

 

INF – Summer Johnson, Sr., Betsy Layne

 

INF – Haley Osborne, Sr., Allen Central

 

INF – Abby Fannin, So., Johnson Central

 

INF – Britney Tackett, Jr., East Ridge

 

OUT – Kailey Shannon, Sr., South Floyd

 

OUT – Emily Compton, So., Shelby Valley

 

OUT – Lindsey Lockhart, So, Pikeville

 

OUT – Emily Deaton, So., Belfry

 

UTL – Catie Rowe, Sr., Pikeville

 

UTL – Autumn Cox, Jr., Pike Central

 

UTL – Kelsey Damron, Sr., East Ridge

 

Special honorable mention

 

Katie Conley, Allen Central; Ariel Mounts, Belfry; Alex Sisco, Betsy Layne; Alyssa Hedrick, Johnson Central; Alyssa Franklin, Meghan Combs, Brooklyn Collins, Letcher Central; Sonia Williams, Paintsville; Hannah Blankenship, Phelps; Cassidy Lowe, Pikeville; Alison Campbell, Emily Salisbury, Abigail Shepherd, Megan Music, Prestonsburg; Taylor Newsome, Teniesha Newsome, Ashleigh Causey, Shelby Valley; Brooke Stumbo, Katie Moore, South Floyd.