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July 2, 2014

TSWA names a dozen area girls to all-state teams

Alto's Crisp, Arroyo lead the way


Twelve young ladies representing Rusk, Bullard, Troup and Alto, respectively, have been named to the Texas Sports Writers Association all-state softball teams.

To be considered, each player had to first be nominated by their head coach for consideration.

Then, sports writers from all across Texas voted on teams representing each classification (1A-5A).

Cherokee County place a pair of standouts on the all-state second team, as Alto's Madison Crisp and Pam Arroyo were selected for the Class A second unit.

Crisp, who just finished her sophomore campaign for the Lady Jackets, went 21-4 in the circle for Alto and finished the year with an earned run average of 2.28.

She struck out 146 opposing hitters in 11.2 innings of work.

Crisp was previously named as her league's most valuable player.

Alto first baseman Arroyo, who will be a senior in the fall, hit at a lofty .521 clip for the Lady Jackets.

She stroke eight doubles, a triple and knocked in 21 runs while maintaining an on base percentage of .571 and a .768 slugging percentage.

Rusk and Bullard had one player each named to the Class 3-A all-state third team.

Lady Eagle first baseman Rachel Miler and Lady Panther pitcher Kristi “CoCo” Springer, a Texas Woman's University signee, were the honorees.

Alyssa Duplichain garnered a spot onto the Class A all-state third team.

A trio of Lady Eagles — Kelsey Blankinship, Kara Hugghins, Chelsea Daniels and Gabby Willis picked up honorable mentions plaudits in Class 3A.

Willis will be playing for Hesston (Kan.) College next season.

Turning to Class 2A, Troup's Josee Ross and McKenzie Hugghins were elected to the honorable mention squad as well.

Alto's Hannah Watson was a Class A honorable mention selection.



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