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Six Gaels earn all-NCC honors

Photo by Rick Thompson, for The Messenger Carlie Thompson of Humboldt beats a throw to first base as St. Edmond’s Jocy Timmerman waits for the throw on Friday in Humboldt.

After battling back from a torn ACL, all Jocy Timmerman wanted was to have one final chance at wearing a St. Edmond softball uniform.

Timmerman was given that, earning second team all-North Central Conference honors, the league announced recently.

“I am so grateful that we got to play,” Timmerman said. “It was such a blessing to compete one more time with my teammates and play the sport I love.

“It was also great to test our my brand new ACL.”

Timmerman, who recovered from a second knee injury, hit .440 in the conference with seven RBI, four doubles and 11 hits in seven games. She also had a .600 slugging percentage.

The Central College signee hit .433 overall with 10 RBI, six doubles and 26 hits. In the field, Timmerman had just one error in 117 total chances for a .991 fielding percentage.

Joining Timmerman on the second team for the Gaels were juniors Kacey Kruthoff and Ella Vratny, along with sophomore Anna Kolacia. Sophomore Gracie Harvey and eighth-grader Kaili Henning earned third team status.

Kruthoff hit .370 with 12 RBI and a team-leading three homers. She also was excellent in the field, committing just two errors with a .982 fielding percentage.

Vratny won six games inside the circle for St. Edmond, striking out 90 in just under 102 innings. She also led the team with 14 RBI, batting .404 with eight doubles and five steals.

Kolacia had seven hits with three doubles and two steals, recording a .931 fielding percentage. Harvey led the team with 13 steals to go along with a .328 average and seven RBI, while Henning hit .417 with seven RBI, four doubles and four steals.

Humboldt, which went unbeaten to claim another league title, had five on the first team led by unanimous selections Ellie Jacobson, Mady Lange, Kendal Clark and Jori Hajek. Carlie Thompson also made the list.

The Wildcats have won five consecutive NCC titles with Jacobson going 7-0 in league games and striking out 78 in 42 innings. Hajek led the conference in triples and Clark was first in homers and RBI.

For Algona, which qualified for state alongside Humboldt, senior Kameryn Etherington was a unanimous pick with sister Lillian Etherington, a freshman, also making the first-team.

Kameryn Etherington hit .727 in the NCC with a .864 on-base percentage and a 1.455 slugging. All those led the league, as did her 1.11 earned run average and 0.75 WHIP.

Webster City’s Kelly Stoakes earned unanimous status with Taylor McKinney and Jenna Miller also being named.

ALL-NORTH CENTRAL CONFERENCE SOFTBALL

First Team

*Kameryn Etherington, Algona, sr., P; *Ellie Jacobson, Humboldt, sr., P; *Mady Lange, Humboldt, sr., C; *Kendal Clark, Humboldt, jr., IF; *Jori Hajek, Humboldt, jr., IF; Taylor McKinney, Webster City, sr., IF; Julia Merfeld, Clear Lake, sr., IF; Lillian Etherington, Algona, fr., IF; *Sara Faber, Clear Lake, sr., OF; Courtney Miller, Hampton-Dumont/CAL, sr., OF; Carlie Thompson, Humboldt, sr., OF; *Kelly Stoakes, Webster City, soph., U; Jenna Miller, Webster City, jr., U.

*Denotes unanimous selection

Second Team

Elise Osman, Iowa Falls-Alden, jr., P; Avery Hanson, Hampton-Dumont/CAL, soph., P; Kacey Kruthoff, St. Edmond, jr., C; Elly Wood, Iowa Falls-Alden, soph., C; MaKenna Meyer, Iowa Falls-Alden, sr., IF; Jocy Timmerman, St. Edmond, sr., IF; Leah Kasch, Webster City, jr., IF; Alayna Finucan, Webster City, soph., IF; Addie Thompson, Humboldt, fr., IF; Courtney Harle, Clarion-Goldfield/Dows, sr., OF; Anna Kolacia, St. Edmond, soph., OF; Hailey Bridgewater, Iowa Falls-Alden, fr., OF; CLaire Varangkounh, Humboldt, sr., U; Ella Vratny, St. Edmond, jr., U; Moriah Knapp, Algona, fr., U.

Third Team

Tatum Goings, Webster City, sr.; Lorren Steinfeldt, Iowa Falls-Alden, sr.; Marlee Lancaster, Iowa Falls-Alden, jr.; Kendall Lienemann, Clarion-Goldfield/Dows, jr.; Gracie Harvey, St. Edmond, soph.; Kylee Whipple, Hampton-Dumont/CAL, fr.; Kaili Henning, St. Edmond, 8th-grader; Reagan Lee, Humboldt, 8th-grader.

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