Calhoun and Sonoraville were among the top teams in Region 6-AAA this season, and that is evident by the fact that they are both playing in the second round of the Class AAA State Tournament on Wednesday.
Several players had outstanding individual seasons to play a key role in each team’s success, and those players were recently honored for their efforts. The All-Region 6-AAA Team, voted on by the coaches, was released last week, and multiple members of the Lady Jackets and Lady Phoenix made the list.
Calhoun had four players named to the All-Region First Team, including Blair Hall (P/1B, Jr.), Adella Carver (C, Sr.), Carlie Henderson (OF, Soph.) and Lyndi Rae Davis (C/1B, Fr.), and Sonoraville had three players on the First Team, including Harleigh Chastain (SS, Sr.), Sandra Beth Pritchett (C, Soph.) and Kristen Davis (P/DH, Jr.).
Each team had two players earn Second-Team honors with Maggie McBrayer (P, Fr.) and Erin Barnes (OF/3B, Soph.) making it for the Lady Jackets and Payton Townsend (1B, Soph.) and Griffin Holden (3B, Jr.) making it for the Lady Phoenix.
Rounding out the list on Honorable Mention was Audrey Wilbanks (SS, Jr.), Anna Taylor (2B, Jr.) and Tori Roper (OF, Sr.) from Calhoun and Alyssa Hughes (P/1B/DH, Sr.) and Karley Thomas (2B, Soph.) making it from Sonoraville.
Two players from each team were honored for their work in the classroom as well by being named to the All-Academic Team. Hall and Barnes from Calhoun and Chastain and Gracie Fitzwater (1B, Jr.) from Sonoraville earned the nod.
Calhoun and Sonoraville will both look to keep their seasons alive on Wednesday in the second round of the state tournament. The Lady Jackets host Franklin County for a doubleheader starting at 5 p.m., and Sonoraville visits Morgan County for a doubleheader starting at 4:30 p.m. If a Game 3 is necessary in either series, it will be played on Thursday.
Calhoun is looking for their fifth straight appearance in the Elite Eight in Columbus, and Sonoraville is aiming for the second appearance in Columbus in three years.