PHS’ Conn leads elite squad; Thomas wins coaching honor
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville senior pitcher Erika Conn helped guide a dominating Lady Panther squad to the state tournament and first 15th Region championship since 2002.
Conn was honored this week by being named the Medical Leader’s Player of the Year.
She helped Pikeville to an overall record of 30-8, best the region, and was a key part of the Lady Panthers reaching the All “A” Classic state finals.
She was joined on the first team by three other outstanding pitchers – Pike Central junior Haley Howell, Johnson Central senior Micailyn Pierce and Paintsville sophomore Anna Keeton.
Johnson Central sophomore Courtney Collins and Phelps junior Kryslin Obermueller were tabbed as first-team catchers.
The infield was made up of Pikeville junior Camryn Slone, South Floyd senior Cheyenne Light, Pikeville senior Emily Hughes, Betsy Layne junior Megan Frazier and East Ridge sophomore Kelsi Slone.
Outfielders named were Pikeville junior Alexis Stanley, Johnson Central senior Annie VanHoose, Letcher Central senior Grayson Collier and Pikeville senior Savanna Nunemaker.
Utility players were Belfry junior Taylor Maynard and Johnson Central sophomore Alaina Castle.
Belfry sophomore Kailee Rash was tabbed as captain of the second team. The Pirate pitcher was joined by Letcher Central senior Rachel Spangler, Phelps senior Hannah Layne and East Ridge sophomore Caitlyn Coleman.
Letcher Central senior Hannah Wampler and East Ridge senior Kailee Slone were chosen as catchers.
The infield selections were Pikeville junior Lindsey McNamee, Betsy Layne senior Summer Johnson, Allen Central senior Haley Osborne, Johnson Central sophomore Abby Fannin and East Ridge junior Britney Tackett.
Utility players were Pikeville senior Catie Rowe, Pike Central junior Autumn Cox and East Ridge senior Kelsey Damron.
Pikeville head coach Dave Thomas repeated as Coach of the Year after guiding the Lady Panthers to their most successful season in 15 years.
All Area Softball Team
Coach of the Year
Dave Thomas, Pikeville
Player of the Year
Erika Conn, Sr., Pikeville
P – Haley Howell, Jr., Pike Central
P – Erika Conn, Sr., Pikeville (Capt.)
P – Micailyn Pierce, Sr., Johnson Central
P – Anna Keeton, So., Paintsville
C – Courtney Collins, So., Johnson Central
C – Kryslin Obermuller, Jr., Phelps
INF – Camryn Slone, Jr., Pikeville
INF – Cheyenne Light, Sr., South Floyd
INF – Emily Hughes, Sr., Pikeville
INF – Megan Frazier, Jr., Betsy Layne
INF – Kelsi Slone, So., East Ridge
OUT – Alexis Stanley, Jr., Pikeville
OUT – Annie VanHoose, Sr., Johnson Central
OUT – Grayson Collier, Sr., Letcher Central
OUT – Savanna Nunemaker, Sr., Pikeville
UTL – Taylor Maynard, Jr., Belfry
UTL – Alaina Castle, So., Johnson Central
P – Kailee Rash, So., Belfry (Capt.)
P – Rachel Spangler, Sr., Letcher Central
P – Hannah Layne, Sr., Phelps
P – Caitlyn Coleman, So., East Ridge
C – Hannah Wampler, Sr., Letcher Central
C – Kailee Slone, Sr., East Ridge
INF – Lindsey McNamee, Jr., Pikeville
INF – Summer Johnson, Sr., Betsy Layne
INF – Haley Osborne, Sr., Allen Central
INF – Abby Fannin, So., Johnson Central
INF – Britney Tackett, Jr., East Ridge
OUT – Kailey Shannon, Sr., South Floyd
OUT – Emily Compton, So., Shelby Valley
OUT – Lindsey Lockhart, So, Pikeville
OUT – Emily Deaton, So., Belfry
UTL – Catie Rowe, Sr., Pikeville
UTL – Autumn Cox, Jr., Pike Central
UTL – Kelsey Damron, Sr., East Ridge
Special honorable mention
Katie Conley, Allen Central; Ariel Mounts, Belfry; Alex Sisco, Betsy Layne; Alyssa Hedrick, Johnson Central; Alyssa Franklin, Meghan Combs, Brooklyn Collins, Letcher Central; Sonia Williams, Paintsville; Hannah Blankenship, Phelps; Cassidy Lowe, Pikeville; Alison Campbell, Emily Salisbury, Abigail Shepherd, Megan Music, Prestonsburg; Taylor Newsome, Teniesha Newsome, Ashleigh Causey, Shelby Valley; Brooke Stumbo, Katie Moore, South Floyd.