Lynx place 7 on all-NCC teams
WEBSTER CITY – A runner-up showing in the North Central Conference for the Webster City softball team paid dividends when it came time to pick the best players in the league.
And it was deja vu for two players in particular.
Senior center fielder Kaylee Schnathorst garnered her fourth consecutive first-team all-conference honor and junior pitcher Mikaleh McCoy landed on the top squad for the third straight time.
Joining them on the first team was sophomore left fielder Allie Flaws.
WCHS hoarded seven all-NCC accolades in all, which trailed only conference champion Fort Dodge St. Edmond, which received eight. Iowa Falls-Alden, the third-place finisher, also picked up seven spots.
Senior second baseman Abbey Fuhs, junior first baseman Maddie Anderson and junior right fielder Kenady Highland all made the second team. Eighth-grade designated hitter Cassidy Nerland earned a third-team nod.
“You’d always like to get 10 girls on the first team, but I’m happy with the representation that we got on the all-conference squad,” WCHS head coach Jess Howard said. “(The three first-team members) had the stats to back up the awards. They obviously made an impact on coaches when we played them and that’s why they got there.”
Schnathorst, who was a second-team all-league pick as an eighth grader before her four-year run at the top, was also named all-district in the Class 4A West District by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association. Her final prep campaign was highlighted by a .317 batting average. She led the Lynx in home runs (five), RBIs (29) and runs scored (28). She was second in stolen bases (22).
McCoy snagged her first all-conference honor in the pitcher’s circle after back-to-back years as a utility player. She went 13-12 with a 2.70 earned run average and 113 strikeouts. Against league opponents, she went 11-5 with a 1.75 ERA.
McCoy also did plenty of damage at the plate with a .304 average and 16 RBIs.
Flaws utilized her speed to give WCHS a dangerous lead-off hitter. Her .358 batting average and 38 stolen bases were both team highs, and she touched home plate 27 times, trailing only Schnathorst.
Highland batted .304 in the No. 9 spot in the order and was the Lynx best stick in conference games with a .409 average. She scored 15 runs and drove in 10 more.
“Kenady has always been a real sound defender for us, but this year her offense really helped us out,” Howard said. “She was like another lead-off hitter for us in that No. 9 spot.”
Anderson ventured into the field after two all-conference seasons as a catcher and hit .287 with three home runs and 11 RBIs.
Fuhs hit at a .219 clip and plated 17 runs, which was tied for second on the team. She also swiped 11 bases.
Nerland, a Northeast Hamilton student who didn’t even know she was going to play at Webster City until a month prior to the start of the season, was the lone eighth grader to make an all-conference squad. She bashed four home runs and collected 17 RBIs while hitting .238 overall.
“Not knowing (Nerland) from the past, I really didn’t know what to expect from her before the season started,” Howard said. “But she came through big for us and we’re looking forward to seeing good things from her in the future.”
Only four players – St. Edmond junior pitcher Amanda Lansman, Humboldt freshman infielder Beth Huffield and freshman utility player Avery Terwilliger, and Iowa Falls-Alden senior outfielder Shanaya Schutt – were unanimous first-team picks.