The Creston softball team was rewarded for its 17-3 conference record and Hawkeye 10 Conference championship by having seven players placed on the league’s all-conference teams.
Leading the way for the Panthers were three players on the conference’s first team.
Junior pitcher Haylee LaMasters earned the third first-team nod of her career after posting a 14-3 record within the conference and being one of the top offensive threats in the Hawkeye 10.
“Kind of put herself in a pretty select group of kids there that have a chance to be a four-time first-teamer,” Creston head coach Mike McCabe said. “She led the conference in basically every offensive category.”
Junior battery mate Natalie Mostek joined LaMasters on the first team after hitting better than .400 in conference games.
“Natalie was a second-team all-conference player last year,” McCabe said. “I thought she was pretty deserving of a first team and got it this year, so I felt good about that. She’s been a good leader for us and is becoming a better leader for us.”
Sophomore center fielder Josie Sickels was the third Panther to receive first-team honors. Sickels hit .460 in conference games.
“She was an honorable mention player last year,” McCabe said. “Had a great freshman season for us. Jumped up and had a really good sophomore year for us. I think she was second in the conference in runs scored and top five in hits, so just what you’d want out of your leadoff spot. Played a great center field for us.”
The Panthers also received a pair of second-team players in sophomore left fielder Jami Sickels and sophomore shortstop Taylor Briley.
Jami Sickels improved her batting average to .443 after hitting just .185 last year as a freshman.
“Jami might very well be our most improved player,” McCabe said. “That’s just a remarkable job by her and give her all the credit. Put in all the work, listened and did a very good job for us in the outfield, as well.”
Briley started the season slow after dealing with a concussion during the winter and a leg injury during the spring, but came around toward the end of the season.
“Real proud of Taylor’s second team selection, given the fact she had one tough offseason,” McCabe said. “Really got off to a slow start and was just kind of rounding into mid-season form toward the end of the year. Taylor will bounce back and be even better next year.”
Creston rounded out its all-conference performers with a pair of honorable mention recipients in freshman third baseman Lexie Little and sophomore right fielder Alyssa Higgins.
Hawkeye 10 Conference
First team — Devon Wood, Jr., Shenandoah; Sara Ingoldsby, Fr., Glenwood; Lisa Nebel, Sr., Glenwood; Haylee LaMasters, Jr., Creston; Natalie Mostek, Jr., Creston; Josie Sickels, So., Creston; Molly Cunard, Sr., Lewis Central; Anna Petersen, Sr., Harlan; Logan Schaben, So., Harlan; Julia Sorfonden, So., Harlan; Brooke Newell, Fr., Atlantic; Shae Kierscht, Sr., Denison-Schleswig; Codie Fineran, Sr., Denison-Schleswig; Sam Pick, Jr., Denison-Schleswig; Elise Berg, Jr., Kuemper Catholic.
Second team — Klarissa McElroy, Jr., Clarinda; Bailey Starner, Sr., Glenwood; Jami Sickels, So., Creston; Taylor Briley, So., Creston; Kaley Lightfoot, Jr., Lewis Central; Allie Wolf, So., Lewis Central; Makena Dufek, So., Lewis Central; Kassie Craig, Jr., Harlan; Ali Bruck, Fr., Harlan; Ashlee Kolbe, Sr., Harlan; Emily Mitchell, Sr., Atlantic; Paige Lansink, Jr., Denison-Schleswig; Payton Lee, Jr., Denison-Schleswig; Hannah Macke, Sr., Kuemper Catholic.
Honorable mention — Jordan Major, Sr., Shenandoah; Kaylee Birt, Jr., Shenandoah; Jaedra Moses, Jr., Clarinda; Karyee Buch, Sr., Clarinda; Maranda Gowdy, Sr., Red Oak; Bailey Hankins, Sr., Red Oak; Myranda Starner, So., Glenwood; Jacy Embray, Jr., Glenwood; Lexie Little, Fr., Creston; Alyssa Higgins, So., Creston; Steffi Cunard, Jr, Lewis Central; Bailey Clark, So., St. Albert; Chloe Meyer, Jr., St. Albert; Brenda Hopkins, Fr., Harlan; Mollee Welter, Jr., Atlantic; Kendra Peter, So., Kuemper Catholic; Ashley Sibenaller, Jr., Kuemper Catholic.