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Area play­ers earn all-re­gion ac­co­lades

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - MATT SMITH msmith@cov­news.com

Eight Al­covy and Newton High School soft­ball play­ers earned Re­gion 2-AAAAAA all-re­gion hon­ors.

Eight Al­covy and Newton High School soft­ball play­ers earned Re­gion 2- AAAAAA all- re­gion hon­ors, the re­gion an­nounced last week, with the Tigers head­lin­ing the pro­grams with three first­team selec­tions.

Newton's Ciara Bryan joined Al­covy's Kalia John­son, Mor­gan Bes­hears and Chelsea Nol­ley on the first team, whole Raven Smith, Mad­die Cronic and Bri Weaver earned sec­ond- team hon­ors.

The Tigers' Waneshia Mor­ris was rec­og­nized with all- re­gion hon­or­able men­tion hon­ors.

" Ob­vi­ously, my­self and my coach­ing staff and the en­tire Al­covy com­mu­nity are very proud of Kalia John­son, Mor­gan Bes­hears and Chelsea Nol­ley for mak­ing the all- re­gion first team, and Raven Smith for mak­ing sec­ond team and Neshia Mor­ris for mak­ing the hon­or­able men­tion list," Al­covy coach Rus­sell Brock said. " All of our young ladies on the team con­trib­uted in some way this year, and th­ese young ladies stood out a lit­tle more and were huge con­trib­u­tors to the suc­cess of our team this past sea­son and helped lead us to the Re­gion 2- AAAAAA cham­pi­onship.

" More im­por­tantly, all of them are out­stand­ing young ladies off the field and in the class­room and have ex­tremely bright fu­tures," he said. " Nol­ley, Mor­ris and Bes­hears are se­niors and will be greatly missed. We still get to look for­ward to two more great years from Smith and John­son."

As the Tigers' start­ing pitcher, John­son went 21- 7 over­all, while hit­ting .386 with two home runs, four triples and six dou­bles.

At catcher for the Tigers, Bes­hears fin­ished the sea­son with a .294 bat­ting av­er­age, with two home runs and seven dou­bles, lead­ing Al­covy de­fen­sively be­hind the plate.

Nol­ley hit .238 for the Tigers with three home runs and a dou­ble at cen­ter­field.

Bryan was the lone Newton se­lec­tion to the first

team, lead­ing the Rams with a .425 bat­ting av­er­age, while also pacing the Rams in on- base per­cent­age and slug­ging per­cent­age.

" I'm very proud of all three of them," Newton coach Vir­ginia Waters said. " I sent in the nom­i­na­tions, and the other coaches in the re­gion be­lieved they were as good as I be­lieve they are."

Cronic and Weaver joined Bryan on the all- re­gion list with sec­ond- team selec­tions.

In the out­field for the Rams this sea­son, Weaver fin­ished with a .975 field­ing per­cent­age, while lead­ing Newton as the Rams' lone se­nior.

Cronic pitched 24 games for the Rams this sea­son, help­ing Newton to the No. 3 seed in the re­gion. She also recorded a no- hit­ter this sea­son in a 12- 0 vic­tory against Love­joy.

Smith rounded out the county's sec­ond- team selec­tions for the Tigers. The short­stop hit .285 for Al­covy this past sea- son with two triples and five dou­bles.

Rock­dale County's In­dia Davis and Kelsey Stewart were also named to the all- re­gion first team, while Syd­ney Driver earned sec­ond - team hon­ors.

The Tigers fin­ished as the re­gion's No. 1 seed, win­ning the re­gion tour­na­ment over Luella. Al­covy's sea­son ended in the sec­ond round of the state tour­na­ment against New­nan.

Newton also reached the state play­offs, fall­ing in the open­ing round to Hill­grove.

Matt Smith/The Cov­ing­ton News Al­covy's Mor­gan Bes­hears (left), Kalia John­son (center) and Chelsea Nol­ley (right) joined Newton's Ciara Bryan on the all-Re­gion 2-AAAAAA first team, the re­gion an­nounced this week. In all, eight dif­fer­ent Al­covy and Newton

Matt Smith/The Cov­ing­ton News

Newton's Ciara Bryan was the Rams' lone se­lec­tion to the all-Re­gion 2-AAAAAA first team. Bryan fin­ished the 2013 sea­son with a .425 bat­ting av­er­age.

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