Ellis, Tornado gain SOH honors
North Medford senior shortstop Joci Ellis was named the Southern Oregon Hybrid player of the year and six other Black Tornado softball players made the first team.
Ellis was also the 2012 league player of the year for North (24-2), which hosts Beaverton in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs Monday. This year in conference play she batted .450 with a team-best 18 hits, 18 runs, seven stolen bases and two home runs. Ellis, who also had seven RBIs, will play at Yavapai College in Prescott, Ariz., with teammate Katie Ramsay next season. The Roughriders compete at the Division I level of the National Junior College Athletics Association in the Arizona Community College Athletics Conference.
Grants Pass' Amy Robinson was given pitcher of the year honors and the Cavers' Donnie Bellum was awarded coach of the year.
North pitcher Alexis Barkwell, catcher Ramsay, infielder Janelle Rodgers, outfielders Grace Jovanovic and Keisha Williams and utility Christina Kuykendall all landed spots on the first team.
South Medford infielder Hannah Newman also earned first-team recognition.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR — Joci Ellis, North Medford.
PITCHER OF THE YEAR — Amy Robinson, Grants Pass.
COACH OF THE YEAR — Donnie Bellum, Grants Pass.
PITCHER — Amy Robinson, jr., Grants Pass; Alexis Barkwell, sr., North Medford.
CATCHER — Katie Ramsay, sr., North Medford; Jacey Conklin, jr., Roseburg.
INFIELD — Joci Ellis, jr., North Medford; Baylee Wyscaver, so., Roseburg; Danielle Taylor, jr., Grants Pass; Janelle Rodgers, jr., North Medford; Hannah Newman, jr., South Medford.
OUTFIELD — Grace Jovanovic, jr., North Medford; Keisha Williams, sr., North Medford; Jessa Perkinson, sr., Roseburg; Jadyn Lenard, sr., Grants Pass.
UTILITY — Christina Kuykendall, jr., North Medford.
PITCHER — Pat Moore, fr., South Medford; Ashley Martin, so., Roseburg.
CATCHER — Aleah Stevens, sr., Grants Pass; Tia Garrett, sr., South Medford.
INFIELD — Alysha Epley, jr., Roseburg; Kyndle DelCollo, jr., Roseburg; Halee Rose, jr., Grants Pass; Megan Cowden, sr., North Medford; Alex Craft, sr., Crater.
OUTFIELD — Bailey Daniels, so., Roseburg; Brittany Miller, sr., South Medford; Trelene Kucera, so., North Medford; Courtney Martin, so., Crater.
UTILITY — Mariessa Robles, sr., Roseburg.
PITCHER — Brittany Berryhill, so., Crater.
INFIELD — Maddie Gates, sr., North Medford; Rachael Moore, jr., South Medford; Nicole Godwin, jr., Grants Pass; Taylor Thomas, jr., Grants Pass; Dana Lowder, sr., Crater.
OUTFIELD — Chelsey Luiz, sr., Roseburg; Sara Gartlan, sr., South Medford; Dalenna Bellum, so., Grants Pass.
UTILITY — Simone Smurzynski, so., Crater.