PAOLA — Four players from the Class 4A regional champion Lady Panther softball team were recognized on the first team by league coaches.

Senior infielder Hannah Menefee, junior outfielder Aubrey Weatherbie, junior pitcher Kierstan Weitze and sophomore outfielder Alexis Chapman were first-team selections on the Frontier League Softball Team.

Paola was 6-2 in league play and 16-7 overall. The Lady Panthers placed third in the league standings.

“Our team had the most first-team recipients,” Paola coach Sherry Ball said. “That in itself was quite an accomplishment since the players are voted on by the other teams in our league.”

Menefee played second base for the Lady Panthers. She was the team leader in RBIs with 32 and tied for the team lead in base hits with 38.

“Hannah has been an amazing leader for our team this year,” Ball said. “She is always ready to help the younger kids. Hannah has been on varsity all four years and always puts herself ahead of the team.”

Weatherbie played right field for Paola.

“Aubrey continues to be an outstanding outfielder, a very fast baserunner, and this year her bat caught on fire,” Paola coach Sherry Ball said.

Spring Hill senior Layney Steging was a first-team selection at utility and designated hitter.

“Layney will be missed next year,” Spring Hill coach Shelly Huber said. “I have put her in about every position during her four years here and she has been able to perform. I love watching her compete. Labette County is lucky to have her next year.”

The Spring Hill Lady Broncos were 4-3 in league action and 11-5 overall, placing fifth in the league.

Louisburg senior infielder Molly Rison was a second-team all-league selection.

“Molly had another incredible season at first base,” Louisburg coach John Ozier said. “She batted over .400 for the fourth year in a row. She is a quiet leader and a big run producer. She will be difficult to replace next year.”

Rison was perfect in the field. She did not have a single error all season.

The Louisburg Lady Cats won three games in a row to capture a regional title, coming from behind for two of the victories.

Lady Cat senior infielder Karson Griggs was an honorable mention selection.

“It was another great season for Karson at third base,” Ozier said. “She was a four-year varsity starter. She had many great moments on defense and with her bat.”

Spring Hill senior infielder Chloe Roberts and junior outfielder Avery Anderson were honorable mention selections.

“Chloe is a senior and will be missed next year,” Huber said. “Every team should have a Chloe on their team. She just plays the game and has fun. I am so incredibly proud of her.”

Anderson was a transfer to Spring Hill and quickly became one of the team leaders.

“Avery is a great kid and a hard worker,” Huber said. “I can’t wait to have her as a senior next year. She has great leadership skills.”

Frontier League First Team

Lindsey Toot, Baldwin, infield; Megan Kennedy, Eudora, infield; Hannah Menefee, Paola, infield; Grace Banes, Piper, infield; Audrey Flowers, Baldwin, outfield; Aubrey Weatherbie, Paola, outfield; Alexis Chapman, Paola, outfield; Kyla Etter, Eudora, pitcher; Kierstan Weitze, Paola, pitcher; Lauren Pappert, Piper, catcher; Layney Steging, Spring Hill, designated hitter and utility.

Second Team

Rian Gere, Baldwin, infield; Sierra Smith, Eudora, infield; Molly Rison, Louisburg, infield; Erin Gallagher, Tonganoxie, infield; Harper Schreiner, Eudora, outfield; Alli Kerns, Ottawa, outfield; Emma Martin, Piper, outfield; Sam Reynolds, Tonganoxie, pitcher; Emily Ashford, Bonner Springs, pitcher; Justine Kennington, Ottawa, catcher; Lacey Coffman, Bonner Springs, designated hitter and utility.

Honorable Mention

Karson Griggs, Louisburg, infield; Riley Titus, Ottawa, infield; Lauren Curtis, Ottawa, infield; Bella Gravatt, Piper, infield; Macey Nigh, Piper, infield; Chloe Roberts, Spring Hill, infield; Holland Harvat, Eudora, outfield; Kaitlyn Bradbury, Piper, outfeld; Avery Anderson, Spring Hill, outfield; Sadie Alex Powell, Ottawa, pitcher; Kelsie Klamm, Baldwin, catcher; Lauren Gray, Tonganoxie, catcher; Emma Stottlemire, Ottawa, designated hitter and utility.

Sports Editor Gene Morris can be reached at (913) 294-2311 or gene.morris@miconews.com.

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