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Versatile Hubbard claims top SOC honor

Three South standouts highlight first-team list

Simone Hubbard has done it all for the South Medford softball team.

From catcher to third base to outfield and back to catcher this season, Hubbard has provided the Panthers support from a number of positions over the past few season.

Recently the South senior added another highlight to her stellar four-year career when the Southern Oregon Conference coaches tabbed her the league's player of the year.

Hubbard batted .476 in conference play with a .595 slugging percentage.

I was not surprised at all ' she had a great year, said Panther coach Dan Marshall. She definitely had a great year and earned the award.

— Hubbard, who also made the first team as a sophomore, was joined on the top list by teammates Jill Jeter (senior pitcher) and Colleen Morgan (junior infielder).

SOC champion Roseburg had five first-teamers in sophomore pitcher Mikayla Endicott, senior shortstop Ali Paz, infielders junior Brandi Campos and senior Ashley Roy and senior catcher Tanya Johnston.

Junior center fielder Katie Gould represented North Medford, while Crater senior center fielder Kirstin Davidson, and Grants Pass freshmen Lindy Sippola (outfield) and Karleigh Prestianni (utility) rounded out the first team.

Roseburg's Tony Campos was named coach of the year after guiding the Indians to their first SOC title since 1987 and a No. 4 state ranking.

Hubbard, a first-teamer as a sophomore catcher, came on strong toward the end of conference play to help South forge a tie for second place with North, Crater and Grants Pass.

In the subsequent four-team league playoff to determine the final three state-playoff berths, Hubbard went 4-for-6 over two games to help the Panthers clinch the No. 4 seed from the SOC.

She got hot right in the playoff stretch, said Marshall. She's always been a very dangerous hitter.

We moved her around a lot, especially last year, added Marshall. It just shows how versatile she is.

Jeter made her first appearance on the first squad after posting a 7-5 record and a 1.22 ERA while throwing every pitch of every inning for South.

Morgan provided a .444 batting average out of the No. 7 hole to go with a dependable glove at shortstop.

Gould, along with Davidson and Paz, made the first team for the second straight year.

The speedy North junior did not commit an error for the second consecutive year and boasted a .487 average to go with 13 runs, 10 steals and a .608 on-base percentage out of the leadoff spot.

She's a hard worker with a lot of talent and doesn't settle for that, said North Medford coach Mike Mayben of Gould. She's going to continue to work hard no matter what and get things done. She's a great team leader.

Davidson, a first-team all-state member last year who will play for St. Martin's University in Lacey, Wash. next season, moved from right to center field this year. She batted .524 in league and led the Comets in on-base percentage.

Kirstin changed her hitting philosophy a little this year, said Crater coach Chris Arnold. She focused more on hitting for average, and she really did a great job taking more pitches and expanding her zone.

The Comets placed a league-high five players on the second team in junior pitcher Ashleigh Cuddie, junior catcher Susan Winningham, junior infielder Haley Hevern, sophomore outfielder Emily Morrill and junior outfielder Kristen Haga.

North Medford placed Erica Sanders (senior pitcher) and Amanda Volgarino (junior infielder) to the second team, while South was represented by senior first baseman Marissa Towry.

Eagle Point's Ashley Josephson (sophomore utility), Grants Pass' Ali Farmer (senior infielder) and Roseburg's Bryttny Kreshka (senior outfield) also made the second team.

SOC Softball All-Conference

FIRST TEAM

PlayerPos.TeamYr.

Mikayla EndicottPRoseburgSo.

Jill JeterPS. MedfordSr.

Tanya JohnstonCRoseburgJr.

Simone HubbardCS. MedfordSr.

Ali PazIFRoseburgSr.

Brandi CamposIFRoseburgJr.

Colleen MorganIFS. MedfordJr.

Ashley RoyIFRoseburgSr.

Katie GouldOFN. MedfordJr.

Kirstin DavidsonOFCraterSr.

Lindy SippolaOFGrants PassFr.

Karleigh PrestianniUTGrants PassFr.

Pitcher of the Year '

Mikayla Endicott, Roseburg.

Player of the Year '

Simone Hubbard, South Medford.

Coach of the Year '

Tony Campos, Roseburg.

SECOND TEAM

PlayerPos.TeamYr.

Ashleigh CuddiePCraterJr.

Erica SandersPN. MedfordSr.

Susan WinninghamCCraterJr.

Ali FarmerIFGrants PassSr.

Haley HevernIFCraterJr.

Amanda VolgarinoIFN. MedfordJr.

Marissa TowryIFS. MedfordSr.

Emily MorrillOFCraterSo.

Bryttny KreshkaOFRoseburgSr.

Kristen HagaOFCraterJr.

Ashley JosephsonUTEagle PointSo.

HONORABLE MENTION

Pitchers '

Chelsie Chamberlain, Grants Pass, So.; Jayde Curry, Roseburg, Sr.

Catcher '

Emily Woolf, Grants Pass, Fr.; Kylie Cantrell, Ashland, So.

Infielders '

Tiffany Schmelzer, North Medford, Sr.; April Jorgensen, Ashland, Jr.; Alyssa Dixon, South Medford, Jr.; Jasmine Crowe, Roseburg, So.; Tenille Anderson, Eagle Point, Jr.; Iris Woodhead, Grants Pass, Sr.; Cami Bennett, Grants Pass, Fr.

Outfielders '

Bailey Hasty, Ashland, Sr.; Kim Gonzales, Grants Pass, Sr.; Justine Sandoval, North Medford, So.; Kristen Harris, Roseburg, Sr.

Utilities '

Whitney McDaniel, Crater, Sr.; Taylor Schmidt, North Medford, Fr.

Versatile Hubbard claims top SOC honor"kgoff@mailtribune.com.

South Medford senior catcher Simone Hubbard hit .476 for the Panthers en route to being named SOC player of the year. Mail Tribune / Roy Musitelli - Mail Tribune Roy Musitelli