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home : sports : sports October 04, 2015

6/18/2013 10:46:00 AM
County has 17 on All-Little Illini squads
Sports Editor

More than a dozen Crawford County athletes were recognized for their achievements on the diamond this spring by being named to one of the All-Little Illini Conference baseball and softball teams.

There were 11 baseball players from Crawford County that earned All-LIC honors, while another half-dozen softball players were also selected.

Four players were named First Team All-LIC in baseball, including two from Robinson.

Junior pitcher/catcher Landen Hoagland and senior second baseman Blake Hale represented the Maroons, while Hutsonville-Palestine senior catcher Matt Schmidlin and Oblong senior infielder Collin Meese were also selected.

Others named to the 18-player First Team were Marshall's K.J. Rogers, Thomas Sisson and Drew Morris, Olney's Alex Craig, Justin Bailey and Tryston Runyon, Flora's Bryce Pearce, Christian Taylor and Blake Fitch, Edwards County's Kevin Schuh and Ryan Lear, Casey-Westfield's Matt McCown, Cumberland's Zach Poe and Newton's Elijah Knepper.

Local Second Team selections included Hutsonville-Palestine junior third baseman/pitcher B.J. Ramsey, senior pitcher/outfielder Brandon Cofer and freshman second baseman/pitcher Brandon Ramsey and Robinson junior catcher/pitcher Logan Johnson.

Also on the Second Team were Marshall's Austin Osborn and Adam Kendall, Flora's Jeremiah Allison and Clayton Walden, Casey-Westfield's Ethan Williams, Nicco Stepina and Austin Glidewell, Cumberland's Holden Elwood and Tyler Godden, Olney's Noah Buscher, Edwards County's Wyatt Mosson, Red Hill's Dalton Murray and Jacob Wirth and Lawrenceville's Braxton Blagrave.

Honorable Mention players from Crawford County were Robinson junior outfielder/pitcher Gunther VanWinkle, Hutsonville-Palestine senior outfielder/pitcher Dallas Cooke and Oblong senior first baseman Jason Midgett.

The remainder of the Honorable Mention list included Marshall's John Sisson, Olney's Noah Shan, Flora's Tristen Thompson, Casey-Westfield's Seth Bland, Edwards County's Nathan Utley, Cumberland's Seth Clark, Newton's Derek Schackmann, Lawrenceville's Gage McIntosh and Red Hill's Blake Adams.

On the softball side, just two players earned First Team honors.

Robinson senior outfielder Kyndal Mendenhall was named First Team All-LIC, as was Oblong freshman pitcher Baylee Sparks.

Also on the First Team were Cumberland's Taylor Layton, Katie Poe and Jasie McMechan, Casey-Westfield's Lacy Maulding, Kyleigh Decker and Conner Cutright, Newton's Morgan Swingler, Megan Jansen and Gabby Zerrusen, Olney's Rachel Wisner and Elizabeth Walker, Marshall's Carson Boyer and Cheyenne Thompson, Lawrenceville's Heidi Litherland, Flora's Katy Glasford and Red Hill's Maran Tennis.

Local players named Second Team All-LIC were Hutsonville-Palestine senior catcher Nicole Kiger and Oblong sophomore catcher Kira Meese.

Joining those two on the Second Team were Flora's Lexi Hensley and Taylor Allen, Newton's Keidrah Hardiek and Carsyn McCoy, Edwards County's Kirstyn Medler, Kaeli James and Shaeli St. Ledger, Casey-Westfield's Lexie Black and Meleah Neal, Cumberland's Micah Seibert and Kyla Thornton, Olney's Taylor Barrick and Mackenzie Sechrest, Lawrencevile's McKenzi Kelly, Red Hill's Taylor Paulin and Marshall's Courtney Wallace.

Honorable Mention selections from Crawford County were Oblong senior pitcher Ashlei Tuel and Hutsonville-Palestine senior pitcher/second baseman Kendyl Surrells.

Others on the Honorable Mention list were Casey-Westfield's Bridget Belt, Cumberland's Ashley Greger, Edwards County's Reagan Bailey, Flora's Bailey Burdine, Lawrenceville's Amerae Miller, Marshall's Kassie James, Olney's Madison Doan and Red Hill's Tori Paulin.

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