Five players from Fort Dodge and St. Edmond were recently honored as members of the Iowa Girls Coaches Association all-state softball squads.
Dodger Mallory Kilian was first team in Class 5A, while Gael Allie Oberg garnered 2A first team status.
Fort Dodge's Lexi Astor and Maggie Harvey from St. Edmond were both second team honorees, while Lani Van Zyl of FDSH was placed on the third squad.
Other first team selections from the area were Kaitlyn Biere (Webster City, 4A), Allie Ingalls and Collete Haag (North Union, 2A) and Renee Maneman (Newell-Fonda, 1A).
Kilian, a sophomore, batted .437 with team-bests in RBI (41), home runs (seven) and doubles (10). She was also 16-7 inside the circle with 106 strikeouts and an earned run average of 1.87.
"Mallory wasn't just a great pitcher, she was a great player for us all-around," FDSH head coach Andi Adams said. "She put in the extra time to earn this honor. I have also been impressed with her growth as a leader, and believe that will only continue in the next two years."
IOWA GIRLS COACHES ASSOCIATION ALL-STATE SOFTBALL
(Messenger-area players only)
Mallory Kilian, Fort Dodge, soph.
Lexi Astor, Fort Dodge, jr.
Lani Van Zyl, Fort Dodge, soph.
Kaitlyn Biere, Webster City, sr.
Sarah Steinman, Algona, jr.; Jenna Peters, East Sac County, jr.
Allie Oberg, St. Edmond, sr.; Allie Ingalls, North Union, sr.; Collete Haag, North Union, sr.
Maggie Harvey, St. Edmond, eighth-grader; Dena Looft, North Union, jr.
Lexi Miller, Eagle Grove, sr.
Renee Maneman, Newell-Fonda, jr.
Jordan Wilken, Newell-Fonda, fr.; Mackenzie Mandernach, Newell-Fonda, soph; McKenzie Grimm, West Bend-Mallard, sr.
Astor, a junior, hit .440 with 39 steals, 38 runs scored, 15 RBI and just 12 strikeouts in 125 at-bats. She led the Dodgers, who advanced to a 5A regional final, with an on-base percentage of .504.
"Lexi is just an incredible athlete," Adams said. "Speed never slumps, and her ability to turn even the slightest bobble into a base hit was a big difference for us this year."
Van Zyl, a 10th-grader, pushed her batting average over .350 with 11 steals, 12 RBI and more walks than strikeouts. Her .357 batting average was over 100 points better than as a freshman.
"Lani has always been a good defensive player, but this past season, she made what we call 'ESPN' plays that were just spectacular," Adams said. "You can tell that, by her improvement at the plate, that she put in the extra time during the offseason.
"All three (Kilian, Astor, Van Zyl) want to play college sports and they have the kind of work ethic and skills to do it."
Oberg, a senior, sported a batting average of .513 this past year, slugging at .700 and with an on-base of .552. She had 28 RBI, 15 doubles and struck out just four times.
"This was just a great way for Allie to go out," SEHS head coach Allie Oberg said. "She had a great career at St. Edmond and is very deserving. Her bat was excellent to have in the heart of the lineup."
Harvey, just an eighth-grader, belted four home runs, drove in 20, had four triples and batted .495. She picked up 15 steals and was nearly-flawless behind the plate.
"Maggie's numbers speak for themselves," Hunt said. "She is a very goal-oriented person and is always wondering what that next step is to accomplish her next goal."