Lakeview’s Lady Honker softball season may have come to an end at the state semi-finals, but the ladies still had plenty to celebrate as they held their end- of-season banquet on Thursday, June 6.
Shining front and center at TJ’s Family Fun Center was their trophy commemorating their run to the semi-finals.
Head Coach Sam Damuth kicked off the festivities by having each girl and coach sign the trophy that will hang in Lakeview High School.
“Ten, 15, or 20 years from now, you can walk into the school and see your names on this trophy. You guys earned it,” Damuth said.
While enjoying pizza and soft drinks, Damuth went through the list of girls who helped the Lady Honkers enjoy their most successful season in school history. The Lady Honkers went 20-9 and finished with a No. 21 ranking in the state.
Damuth spoke about the competition that took place all throughout the year as each player had to work hard in order not to lose their starting position.
He said a few kind words about each girl and what they contributed to the team this season. Scholar athlete awards were handed out to Alyson Yates, Emily Philibert, Chloe Harmon, Karly Thomas and Zoe and Hannah Suba.
All league awards were handed out as Yates was a second team selection as a pitcher. Cara Albertson in her final season as a Lady Honker, was a first team all league catcher. Philibert was an honorable mention selection as a catcher. In the infield, Ryanne Culbertson was a second team selection, while in the outfield, Harmon was a first team all league selection, while Shelby Davidson was an honorable selection left fielder.
Harmon was also voted as most improved, while Yates was the MVP as voted on by their teammates.
“I’m very confident we will have two of the best pitchers in the state,” Damuth said.
Steve Yates, who took stats all season long, also handed out little awards of his own to the players who enjoyed outstanding seasons offensively and defensively.
Alyson Yates was the top hitter on the season with a .424 batting average, with Sierra Soder a close second, finishing with a .400 batting average. The award was a plastic bat. Philibert received a little plastic base for having the highest on base percentage (combination of average, hit by pitch and walks) of .769. Caley Creager had the top slugging percentage of .720. Zoe Suba had the most stolen bases with 18, while Carmelina Arredondo had a team high in both runs scored with 34 and RBI’s with 43.
On the defensive side, a close battle ensued in the number of putouts (linedrive and flyballs outs,) as Arredondo had 16, followed closely by Hannah Suba with 15 and Sierra Soder with 14. According to her father, Alyson Yates had a goal of recording 50 strikeouts this season. This year, Alyson recorded 206 and was the top pitcher this season on the Lady Honker staff.
“I look at the programs for the next three years and am excited with what we have returning and who we have coming up in the future,” Damuth said. “Next year, I am going to push you guys and we are going to play the best teams possible. I want you guys to keep pushing and stepping up.”
Damuth plans on holding summer workouts to continue working on hitting and developing skills.
For more information, contact Lakeview High School at 541-947-2287.