The Chosen Ones: Lynx place 3 on all-NCC first team; 7 honored

WEBSTER CITY – North Central Conference champion Webster City received three first-team bids and landed seven spots in all on the all-conference softball teams that were released yesterday.

The 10 conference coaches chose the three teams, which consisted of 17 first- and second-team players and eight on the third team.

Lynx senior pitcher Kaitlyn Biere received her fifth first-team nod. She was joined on the elite squad by teammates Kaylee Schnathorst, a junior outfielder, and sophomore designated player Mikaleh McCoy. Biere and Schnathorst were unanimous selections.

All three are repeat first-team award winners.

Sophomore catcher Maddie Anderson, big sister Erin Anderson, a senior first baseman, and freshman outfielder Allie Flaws were named to the second team.

Abbey Fuhs, a junior second baseman, was a third-team pick.

Biere was again the most dominant pitcher in the NCC. She put together a 17-1 record against league foes. She led the league’s pitching staff – individuals that pitched a minimum of 35 innings – in wins, innings pitched (113), fewest earned runs allowed (four), earned run average (0.25), strikeouts (142) and opposition batting average (.111).

McCoy and Schnathorst both ranked in the top 10 in batting average; McCoy (.536) was fifth, Schnathorst (.443) 10th.

Schnathorst bashed five home runs and drove in 18 runs in 18 league games, and she was also successful on 16 of 18 stolen base attempts.

McCoy belted three dingers and collected 15 RBIs.

Maddie Anderson, a first-team pick two years ago, had arguably the toughest job in the league – catching Biere. She threw out five runners attempting to steal and made just three errors. At the plate she hit .357.

Erin Anderson, a multiple-year starter on the corner, put up a .296 batting average. She laced four doubles and scored 11 runs.

Flaws, a speedster at the bottom of the Lynx order, hit at a .383 clip. She drove in 15 runs and swiped 17 of 18 bases.

Fuhs hit .212 in league play.

WCHS and Iowa Falls-Alden both garnered seven all-conference spots to lead the way. The Cadets had a conference-best five first-team nods.

Other unanimous selections included IF-A senior infielder Jessi Timm and senior outfielder Brittney Hammond, Bishop Garrigan junior infielder Taylor Hovey, and St. Edmond junior infielder Jessica Kuebler.