Cobb flavor litters all-region rosters
by Carlton D. White
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Taylor Colclasure was one of five Kell players —  and 54 across the county — to earn all-region recognition following the 2012 softball season.
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Taylor Colclasure was one of five Kell players — and 54 across the county — to earn all-region recognition following the 2012 softball season.
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A record 54 Cobb County softball players were selected to their respective all-region teams recently in voting conducted by the regions’ coaches.

Kennesaw Mountain led the charge with seven selections, while Harrison was next with six. Hillgrove, Pope and Kell followed with five all-region players. South Cobb, Lassiter and Allatoona each had four, North Cobb totaled three and Marietta, Sprayberry, Walker, Mount Paran Christian and Whitefield Academy each had two. North Cobb Christian added one all-region selection.

Among the 54 players chosen, 23 received first-team consideration.

“With three players on the first team, I feel like we did really well,” said Allatoona coach Troy Pirkle, who guided the Lady Buccaneers to the Region 5AAAAA championship and their third straight elite eight appearance.

“We don’t play in a region with a lot of other Cobb teams, so having three says a lot about our team and how well our county teams play. The level of play as a whole in the county just keeps getting better. We even had two teams playing for state championships, and six that made it to Columbus. A lot of us play each other, and that helps us all get better.”

Kennesaw Mountain established a new team record for wins in a season (33), captured the Region 4AAAAAA title and finished as the state runner-up for the first time.

Making the all-region first team for the Lady Mustangs were Malea Bell, Molly Uhrman, Chandler Stooksbury, Kimmie Strebe, Amanda Hallman and Bekah Farris. Bell was named the region player of the year, while Farris was the pitcher of the year.

Sierra Maddox was Harrison’s lone first-team all-region choice after helping the Lady Hoyas reach the state playoffs for the fourth straight year and advance to Columbus for the second time in three seasons.

Hillgrove, which made its third consecutive state playoff showing and second straight elite eight appearance, saw Abby Akins, Brittany Ferrell and Abby Evans garner first-team honors.

South Cobb’s first-team all-region honoree, Becky Collins, led the Lady Eagles to a team record for wins in a season (20) and a runner-up finish in 4AAAAAA. South Cobb made its second state playoff appearance in history after reaching the postseason in 2010.

Bryanna Vazquez, Rachel Bartoe and Casey Page represented North Cobb on the all-region first-team, while Liz Osborne held a spot for Marietta.

Lassiter, which made its eighth straight postseason appearance and second straight elite eight, had Mackenzie Kayler, Veronica Ulicny, Kelly Sinclair and Carli Kayler earn all-Region 5AAAAAA first-team accolades.

Bailey Crawford, Madisyn Escue and Jessica Finch were Allatoona’s first-team all-Region 5AAAAA honorees, while Jenna Reilly, Laura Beall, Sydney Segers, Ellie Viland and Kelly Barnhill earned all-Region 7AAAAA accolades for Pope, which set a team record for wins in a season (28), captured its first region championship and earned a state runner-up trophy for the first time. The Lady Greyhounds also made the postseason for the third straight year.

Also earning all-Region 7AAAAA nods were Kell’s Sarah Flatebo, Allie Sheffield, Jill Torres, Taylor Colclasure and Sara Howard, who guided the Lady Longhorns to their sixth consecutive state playoff appearance. Sprayberry standouts Katie Tokos and Caroline Curtis also garnered all-region honors.

Sarah Syrop was a first-team selection for Walker in Region 6A.
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