Seven area softball players were named to the 2005 first or second all-state softball teams published recently by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.
In Class 3A, Storm Lake pitcher Trish Halder and senior catcher Mel Fisher were named first team all-state while third baseman Ty Zimmerman was named to the all-state second team.
In Class 1A, Laurens-Marathon pitcher Bryn Johnson and shortstop Jacqulyn Schmidt were named first-team all-state while Newell-Fonda catcher Andrea Larsen was named as a catcher on the first all-state team.
Newell-Fonda's ace righthander Hanna Reis was named to the Class 1A second all-state team.
Several other area players gained either special mention to the all-state teams, or honorable mention.
In Class 3A, Storm Lake's second baseman Anna Paulsen gained special mention.
In Class 1A, Newell-Fonda first baseman Amanda Hanson and outfielder Destiny Sievers gained special mention, along with Laurens-Marathon first baseman Kristi Brechler.
Honorable mention selectees in Class 1A included Storm Lake-St. Mary's infielder Abby Richardson and Galva-Holstein's Stacy Todd.
Halder, a unanimous All-Lakes Conference pick for the second consecutive season, was Storm Lake's ace pitcher this season and an outstanding leadoff hitter.
On the mound in 2005, Halder finished with a 28-4 record with a 0.70 ERA. She helped lead the Tornadoes to the region finals, where they lost in extra-innings to Carroll.
At the plate, she hit .352 with 12 doubles, four triples and two homers. With her 28 pitching wins, she was one short of the school record.
Fisher has been the Tornadoes starting catcher for each of the past five years. In 2005, Fisher led Storm Lake in batting average, posting a .412 mark. She was second in RBI with 39, adding 13 doubles, five triples and five homers. She was also one of the top defensive catchers in the state.
Zimmerman was the top run producer for Storm Lake this season. She finished with 57 RBI, a new single season SLHS record. She also set a new school single season mark in homeruns with 11. Zimmerman hit .393 with 17 doubles with a .449 slugging percentage.
Paulsen was one of the top defensive second baseman in the state, and was a perfect No. 2 hitter this season. The two-time first-team All-Lakes pick hit .320 this season with 26 RBI. She was an outstanding bunter, finishing with 17 sacrifices.
In Class 1A, Laurens-Marathon pitcher Bryn Johnson was the ace pitcher and leading hitter on a team that was the Class 1A state tourney runner-up. After the state championship game loss to Alburnett, Johnson was named captain of the Class 1A all-state tourney team.
On the mound in 2005, Johnson was 22-2 with a 0.42 ERA. She allowed just 91 hits in 168 innings, walking just 12 and striking out 132.
At the plate, Johnson led the Chargers with a .435 average with 30 RBI, 12 doubles and a .587 slugging percentage.
Schmidt, a speedy shortstop and L-M's leadofff hitter, was also named to the Class 1A all-state tourney team. She hit .387, adding 22 RBI and 38 runs-scored. She was one of Iowa's top base stealers, finishing with 33.
Larsen, a repeat all-state selection, led the Mustangs this season in nearly ever offensive category. She led Newell-Fonda to a 31-10 record and the school's first-ever state tourney berth.
This past summer, Larsen led N-F in average (.469). RBI (53). doubles (18) and a school-record 13 homers. She also set a new Mustang mark in hits in a single season with 61.
Reis was the top pitcher in the Northwest Conference this season, and threw nearly every game for the Mustangs.
She finished with a 27-8 record and an 0.81 ERA. She logged 230 innings, yielding 158 hits and striking out 195.
Newell-Fonda's Special Mention selectees, first baseman Amanda Hanson and outfielder Destiny Sievers, were two of the team's top position players offensively and defensively.
Hanson hit for average and power this season, finishing with a .388 average with 37 RBI, 14 doubles and five homers. She had a .612 slugging percentage with a .441 on-base percentage.
Sievers hit leadoff for the Mustangs and was an outstanding defensive outfielder. At the plate, she hit .358 with 32 RBI, ten doubles, three triples and three homers.
Brechler hit second behind Schmidt for Laurens-Marathon, finishing with a .429 average with 17 RBI and scoring 28. She hit seven doubles, stole seven bases and finished with a .500 slugging percentage.
Richardson was Storm Lake-St. Mary's' top offensive threat and an excellent defensive shortstop. As a sophomore this season, Richardson led the Panthers in batting average (.440), triples (a new school-record 7), runs-scored (32) and hits (33) She also finished with an .827 slugging percentage.