|North Hopkins' Wilson Co-MVP of District 14-A softball; Cotten is top newcomer|
|From Staff Reports|
June 6, 2006 - With one player sharing the District 14-A Most Valuable Player honor and another sharing the Newcomer of the Year award, the North Hopkins Lady Panthers were well-represented on the All-District team.
The All-District team selections, voted on by the 14-A coaches, had four Lady Panthers on the First Team, another on the Second Team, and two more named Honorable Mention.
Saltillo also had a pair of girls named Honorable Mention.
North Hopkins senior second baseman Ashley Wilson, was named Co-MVP along with Rivercrest junior Cortney Merchant. NH junior pitcher KayLee Cotten was voted the district's Newcomer of the Year along with James Bowie freshman Shelby Daniel.
Wilson batted lead-off for the Lady Panthers and used her speed to create opportunities on the basepaths. She was also very good defensively, said her coach, Jim Westbrook who was named the district's Coach of the Year.
Cotten, a transfer from Sulphur Springs, batted second in the NH line-up and was the team's top pitcher.
The Lady Panthers went 21-6 on the season, tied with Rivercrest for the district championship and advanced to the regional semifinals, where they were beaten by the eventual state runner-up, Collinsville.
Named First Team for North Hopkins were senior catcher Maegan Baxter, senior left fielder Elizabeth McPherson, senior first baseman Katy Williams and senior third baseman Ashly Hooten.
Second Team outfielder was sophomore Cayla Newkirk, and Honorable Mention selections went to freshman shortstop Chasten Smiddy and freshman center fielder Jessica Harry.
For Saltillo, junior pitcher Chloe Roberts and sophomore infielder Winter Stevens were named Honorable Mention.
Superlative awards went to Rivercrest junior Lauren Beers and James Bowie junior Mollie Sherrer as Defensive MVPs, and Rivercrest sophomore Jessica Thompson and Detroit senior Carmen Williams as Offensive MVPs.