Tjebben named 1st team all-state
Dodgers Alstott and Adams, Gaels Timmerman and Flattery also recognized
Three players from Fort Dodge and two more from St. Edmond ended their softball seasons by being named all-state by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association.
Bre Tjebben, Daphne Alstott and Jalen Adams of the state-qualifying Dodgers all made Class 5A honor teams, with Jocy Timmerman and Erin Flattery of the Gaels picking up the same recognition in 1A.
Seventeen more from the area — including first team selections in Humboldt’s Ellie Jacobson and Carlie Thompson, along with Algona’s Emma Hjelle — were all named by the IGCA.
Tjebben, who will play at Iowa Central in the fall, hit .418 with 50 RBI, 11 walks and 13 extra-base hits. The first teamer struck out just four times in over 150 plate appearances, adding a 9-2 record inside the circles.
She had just five errors in 148 chances as well, posting a .966 fielding percentage.
“I still can’t really believe it, honestly,” Tjebben said. “It means more to me than anyone will ever realize. We (my team, family and Coach Andi Adams) have been through a lot, especially this season. From how our season ended, it just shows that something good comes out of it all.
“I can’t thank my family enough for all of the love, motivation and support, and it just is a huge honor. Nothing makes me happier than making my parents, family, coaches and community proud.”
Alstott, a junior who made the second team, led Fort Dodge with 72 hits, 50 runs scored and 21 steals. She also had a .595 slugging percentage with 12 extra-base hits and struck out just seven times.
Adams, who made her varsity debut this summer as an eighth-grader and earned third team status, was 19-3 inside the circle with 113 strikeouts and just 37 walks. She posted a 2.57 earned run average, and opponents hit just .197 against her.
Adams also hit .360 with 33 RBI.
Tjebben, who was one of just two seniors on the roster alongside Kaden Pederson, added, “I seriously love this team more than anything. I tried my hardest to work hard for those littles and I know they’ll do big things in the future.”
Timmerman helped the Gaels win 20 games this year and reach a second consecutive regional final. The sophomore hit .454 with 24 RBI, 10 doubles, 22 runs, eight steals and struck out just twice.
The second-team selection also posted a .977 fielding percentage, committing just four errors on 172 chances.
“I am humbled to receive this award,” Timmerman said. “I am thankful to my teammates, Coach (Nick) Clark and Coach (Tara) Scanlan for continually pushing me to get better. I am super proud of my corner outfield partner, Erin, on getting an all-state nod, too.
“I would also like to say congrats to one of my first softball teammates ever, Jalen Adams, on getting her first all-state honor. Next year is already on the mind. Let the offseason begin.”
Flattery, a junior who was given honorable mention status, scored a team-high 31 runs, drove in 13 and hit .388 with a .561 slugging percentage. She had a .921 fielding percentage while playing third base.
Jacobson, a sophomore, went 30-3 with 246 strikeouts and a 1.12 earned run average as the Wildcats placed a school-best third. She walked just 59 batters and opponents hit only .151 off her, as she also hit .349 with 20 RBI.
“It was a really fun year,” Jacobson said. “We were a young team that improved throughout the season. I feel fortunate to be honored with this award, but I know that this is a result of our team providing great support in the field.”
Thompson, also a 10th-grader, had team-highs in hits (56), runs (46), steals (24) and triples (two). She also had 10 doubles, walked 11 times and had a slugging percentage of .603.
“It’s a huge honor to be selected to the all-state team,” Thompson said. “I had such a fun season playing with my team and to receive any acknowledgment or reward for playing a game I love is just icing on the cake.”
Hjelle, a senior, had 12 doubles, scored 34 runs, walked 19 times and had a .511 batting average. She also posted .670 slugging and .598 on-base percentages, adding a .913 fielding percentage.
IOWA GIRLS COACHES ASSOCIATION ALL-STATE SOFTBALL
Bre Tjebben, Fort Dodge, sr.
Daphne Alstott, Fort Dodge, jr.
Jalen Adams, Fort Dodge, 8th-grader.
Haley Flaws, Webster City, sr.
Ellie Jacobson, Humboldt, soph.; Emma Hjelle, Algona, sr.; Carlie Thompson, Humboldt, soph.
Mady Lange, Humboldt, soph.
Mikayla Frerichs, Emmetsburg, soph.
Lanie Morgan, Eagle Grove, fr.; Annie Brennan, Emmetsburg, soph.; Emma Anderson, Emmetsburg, sr.
Gigi Byrkeland, Bishop Garrigan; Ella Larsen, Newell-Fonda, fr.; Kate Anderson, North Union, sr.; Jocy Timmerman, St. Edmond, soph.
Olivia Larsen, Newell-Fonda, jr.; Bre Anderson, North Union, sr.
Mackenzie Meister, Bishop Garrigan, soph.; Madison Meister, Bishop Garrigan, soph.; Emma Stewart, Newell-Fonda, jr.; Erin Flattery, St. Edmond, jr.