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Rusk Claims Multiple Awards on 19-3A All-District Softball Team

Rusk senior pitcher Sydney Littlejohn, an Alabama signee, was named the District 19-3A Most Valuable Player. (Courtesy photo)

Rusk took home the Most Valuable Player, Offensive MVP, and Defensive MVP awards with the release of the 19-3A all-district softball team as voted by league coaches.

Alabama-bound pitcher Sydney Littlejohn was named MVP, while senior shortstop Juliann Bowling received Offensive MVP honors. Junior catcher Kelsey Blankinship shared Defensive MVP recognition with Mexia sophomore catcher Cheyenne Thompson.

Littlejohn went 24-5 in the circle with a 0.41 earned run average and 315 strikeouts. At the plate, she hit .442 with three home runs and 28 RBIs.

Blankinship hit .361 with 26 RBIs and a .997 fielding percentage. She threw out 33 percent of base stealers. Bowling hit .344 with 17 RBIs and 22 steals.

Palestine senior Dana Whitehead was named the district’s Utility Player of the Year.

19-3A All-District Softball Team

  • MVP — Sydnee Littlejohn, Sr., Rusk
  • Offensive MVP — Juliann Bowling, Sr., Rusk
  • Defensive MVP — Rusk junior Kelsey Blankinship and Mexia sophomore Cheyenne Thompson
  • Designated Player of the Year — Laura Reinke, Sr., Groesbeck
  • Pitcher of the Year — Ashley Mills, Sr., Groesbeck
  • Catcher of the Year — Sarah Sloat, Sr., Fairfield
  • Newcomer of the Year — Kaci Bachtel, Fr., Fairfield
  • Utility Player of the Year — Dana Whitehead, Sr., Palestine


First Team

  • Infielder — McKenzie Bain, Fr., Mexia
  • Infielder — Bailee Gates, Soph., Rusk
  • Infielder — Kassi Floyd, Sr., Fairfield
  • Infielder — Rachel Miller, Fr., Rusk
  • Infielder — Kayla Mitchell, Soph., Fairfield
  • Infielder — Skye Loper, Fr., Groesbeck
  • Outfielder — Chelsie Daniels, Jr., Rusk
  • Outfielder — Gabby Willis, Jr., Rusk
  • Outfielder — Michaela Gauagher, Soph., Groesbeck
  • Outfielder — Ashley Kethley, Sr., Fairfield
  • Outfielder — Amy Johnson, Sr., Mexia


Second Team

  • Infielder — Kati Gardener, Sr., Fairfield
  • Infielder — Bailey Johnson, Soph., Groesbeck
  • Infielder — Kaitlyn Tugwell, Soph., Rusk
  • Infielder — Bre Faughn, Jr., Fairfield
  • Infielder — Maribel Estrada, Soph., Palestine
  • Infielder — Dashia Forge, Jr., Mexia
  • Infielder — Caitlyn Stone, Soph., Fairfield
  • Infielder — Harlee Bennett, Soph., Groesbeck
  • Outfielder — Katie Berger, Sr., Fairfield
  • Outfielder — Gabby Hudson, Soph., Fairfield
  • Outfielder — Kathleen O’Kelley, Jr., Groesbeck
  • Outfielder — Mary Speights, Sr., Mexia
  • Outfielder — Madison Turner, Jr., Rusk


Honorable Mention

  • Cobie Cherry, Fr., Fairfield
  • Amaris Ordonez, Fr., Palestine
  • Liz Cone, Jr., Palestine
  • Amber Magee, Sr., Palestine
  • Destiny Gage, Sr., Mexia
  • Tyesha Johnson, Fr., Mexia
  • Mandy Adams, Jr., Groesbeck
  • Hailye Reynolds, Soph., Groesbeck
  • Taylor Jobe, Sr., Groesbeck
  • Alexis Molina, Jr., Mexia
  • Cheyanne Phillips, Jr., Rusk



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