Glendale gets 5 on team

From Mirror reports

Philipsburg-Osceola, Central and Claysburg-Kimmel typically play some of the best softball in District 6, and often the commonwealth. Glendale also played to that level this season.

All four programs were heavily represented on the Pennsylvania High School Softball Coaches Association all-state teams, which were released Thursday afternoon.

Five Glendale players were recognized on the Class 1A team — including junior outfielder Makenzie Lukehart as a first-team pick — while Claysburg placed three players on that team, with senior third baseman Keyara Morgan receiving first-team honors.

Sophomore outfielder Maddie Lucas topped P-O’s three Class 3A selections by making first team, while Central had three players named to the second team.

Cambria Heights also had two Class 3A all-staters, with senior third baseman Kat Cox notching first-team recognition.

Everett junior shortstop Sydney Reffner rounded out the first-team honorees from the area, making it in Class 3A.

A total of 19 players from the Altoona Mirror coverage area were on the team, including nine apiece in Class 3A and Class 1A.

Joining Lucas on the 3A team from P-O were second-teamers Kameryn Harris (pitcher) and Maggie Peck (first base), Central’s Jenna Ritchey (second base), Olivia Smith (shortstop) and Cameryn Feathers (designated player) and Cambria Heights’ Emma Garrison (outfield).

Pitcher Lexi Mulhollen, catcher Kristen Hewitt and outfielders Cierra O’Shell and Alaney Vereshack represented Glendale on the Class 1A second team, while outfielder Mikalyn Bauman and designated player Courtney Garver earned second-team honors from Claysburg.

Bishop Carroll’s Emma Simmons rounded out the second-team Class 1A players from the area as a designated player.

In addition, Hollidaysburg shortstop Mikayla Focht was placed on the team as a special honorable mention. The Lady Tiger shortstop, who had signed with Saint Francis, was batting better than .500 with a pair of home runs when she was killed in an ATV accident five games into the season.

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