Pitcher Jordan Haney, catcher-pitcher Abby Morrison and third baseman Stephanie Morrison of Great Bend High School were named as first-team picks on the All-Western Athletic Conference softball team.
Selections were made in a vote by the league’s coaches. It also featured seniors Kaitlee Spray, Lexie Brack and Nicole Reiter on the honorable mention list.
Hays had four first-team selections, along with player of the year Katelyn Schumacher and coach of the year Abby Maska.
Hays advanced to the Class 5A state tournament, where the Lady Indians finished fourth. They defeated Andover Central 3-1 in an opening-round game before falling to Blue Valley-Stillwell 7-0 in the semifinals and 6-1 to St. Thomas Aquinas in the third-place game.
Great Bend, which finished 17-5 overall, advanced to a 5A regional championship final at Harms Field in Great Bend. The Lady Panthers routed Wichita West 16-1 in the opening round before falling to Valley Center 13-5 in the title game.
Stephanie Morrison led the team with a .549 average from her leadoff spot entering the regional tournament. Spray was the only other GBHS batter hitting over .500 with a .516 clip.
Haney led the team entering regional play with four home runs and 29 runs batted in. She also had a .439 average.
ALL-CONFERENCE SOFTBALL - 2011
WAC TEAM CHAMPIONS: Hays (7-1)
NAME Year Pos. High School
1 Emily Bayouth JR IF Liberal
2 Abby Morrison SR P/C Great Bend
3 Ashley Stephenson JR IF Dodge City
4 Makenzie Flaska JR IF Hays
5 Jamie St. Clair FR OF Garden City
6 Jordan Haney SR P/IF Great Bend
7 Kylie Newton SR OF Dodge City
8 Makenzie Altman SR U Hays
9 Leslie Ford SO P Garden City
10 Stephanie Morrison SO IF Great Bend
11 Paige Lunsford JR IF Hays
12 Shea Briggs SO IF Hays
Player of the Year
Katelyn Schumacher SO P Hays
Coach of the Year
Abby Maska Hays
NAME Year High School
1 Casey Curran SO Garden City
2 Kaitlee Spray SR Great Bend
3 Brittany Waldman SR Dodge City
4 Riley Hay SO Liberal
5 Jennifer St Clair JR Garden City
6 Taylor Oldham SR Dodge City
7 Nicole Reiter SR Great Bend
8 Mackenzie Albers JR Hays
9 Jai Chapman FR Liberal
10 Vanessa Garcia SR Garden City
11 Syndi Hernandez JR Garden City
12 Jessica Shipps SR Dodge City
13 Lexie Brack SR Great Bend
14 Haley Wells FR Hays