Appalachian Newspapers recently named its All-Mountain Teams.
The All-Mountain team will consist of Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, First-Team, Second-Team, Third-Team and Honorable Mentions.
The All-Mountain Teams consist of players from Mingo County, Pike County, Floyd County, Johnson County and Perry County and entire 15th Region coverage areas.
The All-Mountain Team was voted on by Appalachian Newspapers sports writers: Randy White, Cory Vance, Steve LeMaster, Trevor Thacker, Mike Muncy and Cody Davis.
Players of the Year
Pikeville’s Camryn Slone and Alexis Stanley.
The Pikeville duo split the votes and tied for All-Mountain Players of the Year honors.
Slone hit third in the lineup for the Lady Panthers and was one of the top offensive players in Eastern Kentucky.
Slone was also one of the best defensive shortstops as well.
Stanley was the leadoff hitter in the Pikeville lineup and she gave Slone plenty of opportunity for RBIs.
Stanley’s speed was a difference maker for the Lady Panthers. She could slap hit and once on base, she usually found her way around the bags. She was always a threat to steal any base and her speed put constant pressure on the opposing defense.
Stanley was an outstanding left-fielder as well.
“Our seniors ended their careers on top and made the last couple of years very special,” Thomas said. “Without question, Cassidy (Lowe), Elisabeth (Staggs), LIndsey (Lockhart), Alexis (Stanley) and Camryn (Slone) have set the bar high for future players and completed record breaking careers.
“We had so many girls make big plays or come up with big hits all season. Several of our girls have received much deserved post season awards. It was a total team effort.”
Player of the Year finalists
Besides Slone and Stanley, Johnson Central’s Macy Daniel, Shelby Valley’s Tori Hampton and Lawrence County’s Cianna Bowen rounded out the top five finalists.
Daniel was one of the top pitcher’s in the 15th Region. She helped Johnson Central win the 57th District Tournament and advance to the 15th Region semifinals.
Hampton could do it all for the Lady Wildcats.
She hit with power and she hit for average.
Hampton was a junior and will be back for her senior season next year.
Bowen was one of the top pitchers in the 15th Region and one of the top power hitters as well. Bowen blasted a pair of home runs against Pike Central in the 15th Region semifinals and limited the Lady Hawks’ offense.