By Tim Chambers
The Watauga Valley softball coaches have made their all-conference selections, tabbing 14 players on the squad.
University High finished the season undefeated in conference play and made the state tournament. The Lady Jr. Bucs were rewarded with five players making the team.
Sarah Mast was tabbed as the leagues MVP. Standout pitcher Haley Faulkner along with Tanner Horton, Mikki Burke and Carolyn Knight round out their five.
A trio of Lady Rangers, Leslie Colbaugh, Kassie Winters and Madison Weaver, earned their way on the team.
Each hit near the .300 clip. Unaka finished second this year after graduating five seniors from its 2011 batter season.
Hope Baker and Hunter McKinney got the nod for Cloudland by leading them to some big wins during the season.
The Lady Highlanders had victories over South Greene, Johnson County and Happy Valley in addition to knocking off Unaka for the first time since 1983.
Baker batted .347 as the leadoff hitter and was a one of the top defensive players in the conference from her catcher’s spot.
McKinney hit .320 while winning several big games on the mound for the Lady ’Landers.
Hampton’s standout pitcher, Molly Crabtree, is the lone Lady Bulldog on the squad. She ended the season batting .316 and pitched well during her senior season.
North Greene’s Mikaela Pridemore, Arian Daughtery and Megan Taylor round out the squad.
Unaka’s Autumn Bradshaw and Brandi Ensor, Cloudland’s Martina Presnell, Kelly King and Summer Hughes made the honorable mention list. Ditto for Hampton’s Danielle Guinn and Haley Trusler.
All-Watauga Valley team
MVP—Sarah Mast, University High.
UH—Tanner Horton, Haley Faulkner, Mikki Burke, Carolyn Knight.
Unaka—Leslie Colbaugh, Kassie Winters, Madison Weaver.
North Greene—Mikaela Pridemore, Arian Daughtery, Megan Taylor.
Cloudland—Hope Baker, Hunter McKinney.
UH—Belle Bright, Taylor Treadway, Mollee Cohee.
Unaka—Autumn Bradshaw, Brandi Ensor.
North Greene—Brianna French, Darianne Bailey, Katie O’Neal.
Cloudland—Kelly King, Summer Hughes, Martina Pressnell.
Hampton—Haley Trusler, Danielle Guinn.