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Claire Adams, of Mead, makes contact ...
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Claire Adams, of Mead, makes contact with the ball in the Conifer game during the first day of 4A and 5A state softball in Aurora.


C — Abby Edwards, Sr., Holy Family: Edwards, a four-year starter for the Tigers, helped lead her team to its second consecutive Class 4A state championship as she raked in 28 RBIs on 43 hits with a dominant .506 batting average. Oopposing coaches admitted they were afraid to try to steal on Edwards because that rarely ended well for them.

C — Alena Carpenter, Jr., Peak to Peak: Carpenter helped boost the Pumas to a Class 3A state tournament bid with her hot bat — a .507 batting average — and strong arm behind the plate.

INF — Ava Kuszak, Sr., Holy Family: Kuszak helped bolster her team all season long at the plate and that hot bat came out to play during the state tournament, much to her opponents’ chagrin. She hit three home runs at the Aurora Sports Park, including two in the state title game against D’Evelyn.

INF — Addie Osborne, So., Erie: It’s a good thing softball plays in the fall because Osborne likes to rake. The young Tiger knocked in 54 runs on her 37 hits throughout the season. She provided the team with consistency at the plate during some of its toughest matchups.

INF — Leah Connor, Sr., Legacy: Connor helped vault her team to a No. 5 seed in the Class 5A state tournament as a giant among a team of hitting titans. She kept her third base corner hot while occasionally keeping tabs at second base.

INF — Samantha Bocis, Jr., Legacy: Bocis kept opposing batters honest at third base and shortstop all season long while putting the pressure on defenses in the process. She batted .581 as the Lightning sifted through a tough schedule.

OF — Kendall Aragon, Sr., Legacy: Even on a team full of heavy hitters, Aragon stood out. She scored 45 runs on 55 hits and secured a .671 batting average while keeping opposing hitters honest deep in the outfield.

OF — Annika Manzanares, Sr., Holy Family: No game represented Manzanares’ team leadership and production at the plate than the Tigers’ win over 5A state runner-up Columbine, during which she hit two bombs and raked in six RBIs.

OF — Emma Osborne, Sr., Erie: Osborne provided vital senior leadership for a team that didn’t have a whole lot of four-year players. She helped lead her team to a state tournament win and appearance in the second round.

OF — Kelsey O’Dowd, So., Peak to Peak: While O’Dowd could do a little bit of everything, including pitching, she excelled most at the plate as her .513 batting average, 34 runs and 20 RBIs helped fuel Peak to Peak’s run to the state tournament.

UTIL — Maddox Boston, Sr., Mead: Boston helped vault her team to the second round of the 4A state playoffs by serving as a reliable offensive producer in some of the Mavericks’ toughest matchups of the season.

UTIL — Claire Adams, Sr., Mead: Adams excelled both in the circle and at the plate. She batted .624 while earning four wins and a save pitching with a 3.27 ERA and 47 strikeouts.

UTIL — Ashlee Lovett, Sr., Erie: Lovett proved to be a reliable piece for the Tigers as a jack of all trades. She could do a little bit of everything on the diamond, save for pitching, as she knocked in 32 RBIs and score 43 runs when she stepped in the batter’s box.

UTIL — Courtney Wood, Jr., Longmont: Wood served as a swiss army knife, including taking a few stints in the circle for the Trojans. She led the Trojans most at the plate, however, as she batted .621.

P — Izzy Arroyo, Fr., Holy Family: Arroyo’s composure and talent in the circle, as well as her impressive hitting statistics, earned her the player of the year. The first-year high schooler held an 18-0 record in the circle while hitting .523.

P — Janessa Esquibel, Sr., Legacy: Esquibel dominated the Lightning’s tough competition as she sent batter after batter back to the dugout with 133 strikeouts by the end of the season.

P — Riley Bowman, Fr., Boulder: Bowman proved the be the biggest difference maker on the 21-4 Panthers team as she struck out 221 batters while balancing a 1.04 ERA and a .492 batting average.

P — Haley Howell, Jr., Frederick: Howell helped lead her teammates to an 18-9 record and a 4A state tournament appearance as she struck out 134 batters while bringing home 51 runners when she stepped up to the plate.

Coach of the Year — Moriah Nguyen, Holy Family: Nguyen’s track record as a coach at Holy Family is unmatched, as the second-year head coach led her team to a second consecutive state title. It’s her third as a member of the coaching staff over the last five years.


Anne Boothe, So., Niwot; Maycee Bricker, Sr., Broomfield; Ellie Clapp, Sr., Frederick; Brooklyn Enny, Jr., Lyons; Breanna Fiala, Jr., Broomfield; Elena Free, Sr., Legacy; Alex Genty, Sr., Legacy; Julia Hacker, Jr., Fairview; Matix Hull, So., Erie; Ella Johnson, Sr., Boulder; Hannah Johnson, So., Skyline; Ellie Jones, Fr., Boulder; Alexandra Kruzel, Sr., Fairview; Khloe Kubitschek, Jr., Legacy; Leah Legeer, Jr., Peak to Peak; Megan Leick, Sr., Longmont; Isabelle Martinez, Jr., Silver Creek; Ayva McComas, Sr., Niwot; Clara McNally, Jr., Skyline; Raeana Ortiz, Jr., Lyons; Gracie Sackett, So., Erie; Jaidyn Studebaker, Sr., Monarch; Elizabeth Thorngren, Sr., Broomfield; Joslynn Veltien, Jr., Mead; Katelyn Wiescamp, Jr., Mead.