Four Blue Angels earn All-SEOAL honors


By Alex Hawley - [email protected]



Gallia Academy senior Makenzie Barr swings at a pitch during the Blue Angels’ 7-4 loss to Ironton, on April 18, in Centenary.


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CENTENARY, Ohio — A different kind of final four.

Four members of the Gallia Academy softball team earned recognition on the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League year-end team, in the final year that GAHS will be a member of the four-team league.

Gallia Academy — which finished fourth in the league at 1-5 and posted an overall record of 9-18 — was represented by Makenzie Barr, Hunter Copley, Allie Clagg and Jenna Meadows.

Barr — the Blue Angels’ lone senior who is committed to play for Ohio University-Chillicothe next season — earned her second consecutive first team nod, as an outfielder. Copley, a freshman at GAHS, was named first team as a pitcher.

Clagg and Meadows both received honorable mentions, as an outfielder and catcher respectively. This is the third straight season Meadows was named All-SEOAL honorable mention.

League champion Warren — which was a perfect 6-0 in SEOAL play — landed four first teamers and two honorable mentions.

Representing the Lady Warriors on the first team for the third straight year was senior catcher Kylee Lynch, who was named co-player of the year with Logan’s Grayce Huntsberger. Making their first all-league team for the Lady Warriors were sophomore outfielder Avery Grayson, sophomore pitcher Sarah Greenlee and sophomore shortstop Elisabeth Williams. Williams was a honorable mention selection in 2015.

Warren’s honorable mention players were senior third baseman Katlyn Coffman and freshman second baseman Chloe Corser. WHS head coach Jenny Lynch was named league Coach of the Year.

Logan was league runner-up at 3-3 and came away with three first team spots and two honorable mentions.

Joining Huntsberger — a senior second baseman who is on the first team for the second straight campaign — on the first team for the Lady Chiefs, were sophomore third baseman Payton Frasure and senior pitcher/first baseman Lainie Nakanishi. Frasure was a honorable mention selection as a freshman, while this is Nakanishi’s first appearance on the all-SEOAL list.

Logan’s honorable mention spots were given to junior catcher Paige Simons and freshman shortstop Addy Rooker. Simons was also an honorable mention on last year’s list.

Placing third in the league at 2-4 was Jackson, which came away with two first teamers and two honorable mentions. Ironladies senior shortstop/pitcher Lauren Parks — who was honorable mention for the last two seasons — earned a first team nod, as did sophomore middle infielder Mariah Ridgeway, who was also an honorable mention in 2015.

Representing JHS on the honorable mention list was junior outfielder Amelia Davis and sophomore outfielder/second baseman Haley Patterson.

The 2016 All-SEOAL softball team was chosen by league coaches and was based on final league standing. The Player of the Year was selected by a panel of SEOAL media.

Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.

Gallia Academy senior Makenzie Barr swings at a pitch during the Blue Angels’ 7-4 loss to Ironton, on April 18, in Centenary.
http://mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_5.22-GA-Barr.jpgGallia Academy senior Makenzie Barr swings at a pitch during the Blue Angels’ 7-4 loss to Ironton, on April 18, in Centenary. Alex Hawley/OVP Sports

By Alex Hawley

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