Player of the Year
The sophomore pitcher helped Walker Valley to a second-place finish in the District 5-AAA regular-season standings. Its only league losses were to district champion and eventual state runner-up Soddy-Daisy.
Hooper played in all 33 games for the Lady Mustangs, pitching in 27. Two of her pitching victories came against long-standing power Ooltewah, although a loss to the Lady Owls helped cut short their postseason run.
Hooper had a 16-7 pitching record and a 1.37 ERA. She pitched 148 2/3 innings and allowed 108 hits and 26 walks while striking out 141. She batted .351 with five home runs, 60 total bases and 25 runs driven in. She also stole six bases and scored 26 runs.
“She had an amazing season,” Walker Valley coach Lauren Limburg said. “She’s a great athlete and a great kid. She’s definitely a team player and worked hard. She stepped it up against our tougher opponents. When we played the big teams, she played big.”
Coach of the Year
Thomas guided Marion County to the program’s second state-tournament berth in his first season as head coach. He credited predecessor Thomas Long for the program being in such good standing.
Marion County won the District 6-A regular season and tournament, something Thomas said he thought early on could be done if the players “took care of business.” After finishing runner-up to Grace Academy in the Region 3 tournament, Marion County avenged the previous year’s state-sectional loss at Friendship Christian.
The Lady Warriors’ fourth-place finish at the Spring Fling is the best in school history. The 1993 team went 0-2 at the state tournament.
“I’m really proud of the girls,” said Thomas, who was assisted by Larry Richards and Sarah Ziegler. “They started out to do something and accomplished the one goal. They just came up short on the other.”
The Lee signee hit .327 with seven homers and 31 RBIs, had 12 steals and scored 33 runs.
She batted .427 and led her team with 22 walks, 28 stolen bases and 56 runs scored.
She was 19-6 with a 2.30 ERA and 147 strikeouts and hit .419 with 10 homers and 39 RBIs.
She hit .496 with seven homers, 21 doubles and 50 RBIs, had eight steals and scored 51 runs.
The class valedictorian batted .479, stole 12 bases, scored 21 runs and drove in 20.
She batted .360 with three home runs and 31 RBIs, stole five bases and scored 26 runs.
She batted .412 with 11 home runs and 38 RBIs and had a slugging percentage of .775.
She struck out twice, and her .440 average, 65 total bases and 36 runs all were team highs.
She hit .440 with a .504 on-base percentage, two homers and 21 RBIs and scored 24 runs.
She was 16-7 with a 1.60 ERA and 133 strikeouts and hit .408 with four homers and 29 RBIs.
She was 21-8 with 207 strikeouts and an ERA of 0.86 and batted .436 with two home runs.
She had a .493 average with three home runs and 13 doubles, drove in 20 runs and scored 20.
Keli Bruning Marion County Junior Catcher
Chasity Carlton Sequatchie County Senior Infielder
Ashton Condra Whitwell Junior Pitcher
Brooklyn Girdley Sequatchie County Junior Pitcher
Morgan Hidalgo Rhea County Sophomore Outfielder
Caroline Jenkins Polk County Junior Infielder
Rachel Lillard McMinn County Sophomore Infielder
Kacie McClendon Marion County Senior Utility
Lynsey Million Meigs County Senior Outfielder
Ashley Moffitt Sequatchie County Freshman Outfielder
Kayla Sewell Walker Valley Senior Infielder
Kelsey Thomas Marion County Junior Pitcher
Teams of the year
1-- MARION COUNTY (36-10)
The District 6-A champion Lady Warriors ended up fourth in the state. The school’s only other softball team to advance to the state tournament went 0-2 in 1993.
2-- BLEDSOE COUNTY (28-13)
The District 7-AA regular-season winner and Region 4 champion was the first female sports team in school history to earn its way to a state tournament
3-- MEIGS COUNTY (25-12)
The Lady Tigers graduated seven starters off last year’s Class AA state-tournament team yet went unbeaten against District 5 opponents and got to a state sectional.