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ALL-METRO FALL SOFTBALL FIRST TEAM

PLAYER OF THE YEAR • JENNY JANSEN, WARRENTON

MOTIVATED

Taylor Nordwald, pitcher, Warrenton, senior A key behind the Warriors’ run to the Class 3 state title. Amassed a record of 18-1 with a 0.88 earned-run average in 119 2/3 innings. She pitched her way out of an early jam in the Class 3 state championship as Warrenton defeated Cape Notre Dame. Also helped with her bat, hitting .442 with two home runs and 29 RBI. Amanda Cabrera, pitcher, Kennedy, senior Tennessee State signee had a 0.53 earnedrun average and 202 strikeouts and went 18-5 in 144 2/3 innings. She struck out a school-record 26 hitters in a 10-inning sectional loss to Bowling Green. Cabrera inished as Kennedy’s school record holder in wins, strikeouts and innings pitched. Kelsey Lenox, catcher, Marquette, sophomore Lenox was as solid at the plate as she was behind it. Lenox hit .405 with 13 doubles, a triple, three home runs and 34 RBI for Class 4 state runner-up Marquette. Additionally, she had just one passed ball and a .957 ielding percentage to go along with 111 putouts. Ashley Ellis, inielder, Fox, senior A key behind this year’s Class 4 third-place inisher and building the Fox program altogether. Ellis, who signed to play for SEMO, mashed the ball to the tune of a .453 batting average with 16 home runs and 56 RBI. Ellis also led Fox with 17 walks and ive sacriices. Karli Allen, inielder, Fox, senior Signed to play for Northwest Missouri State, Allen hit .410 with six doubles, eight home runs and 39 RBI for a Warriors team that placed third in the state in Class 4. Allen amassed 22 putouts and ive assists without committing an error. Austine Pauley, inielder, Francis Howell North, senior Pauley helped lead Howell North to the Class 4 quarterinals by hitting .580 with 11 doubles, ive triples, seven home runs, 25 RBI and 89 total bases. Pauley also had 23 stolen bases. Howell North coach Bob Dunahue said Pauley set the Missouri state record for career total bases this season. Katie Laceield, inielder, Incarnate Word, senior Also a basketball standout, Laceield signed to play softball at Indiana after hitting.678 to go along with area-leading 18 doubles, ive home runs, 36 RBI and 22 stolen bases for the Class 3 quarterinalist Red Knights. Did not strike out in 73 plate appearances. Abby George, outielder, Lutheran South, junior Sparked the Lancers’ ofense by hitting.578 with 11 doubles, three triples and 17 RBI. George also led the Lancers in stolen bases and had a .920 ielding percentage with 28 putouts and 41 assists. Did not strike out in 103 plate appearances. Megan Clince, outielder, Marquette, senior Hit .485 with 10 doubles, ive home runs and 39 RBI for the Class 4 state runner-up Mustangs with 16 multi-hit games and 16 stolen bases. In the outield, Clince compiled a .952 ielding percentage while accounting for 56 putouts and three assists. Established program records for career hits and RBIs. Meredith Adam, utility, Holt, senior Adam hit for a .443 average with 14 doubles, two triples, one home run and 43 RBI. In the ield, Adam had just one error to go along with 99 putouts and 15 assists. She also did her part for a deep Holt pitching staf with a 5-0 record and 1.14 earned-run average. Kimie Fozzard, utility, Fort Zumwalt West, senior McNeese State signee had a .556 batting average to go along with 13 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs and 43 RBI. Additionally, Fozzard carried her share of the pitching load as she owned a 12-2 record with a 2.23 earned-run average and 98 strikeouts in 94 innings.

SECOND TEAM CeCe Peine, pitcher, Holt, junior Kaylee Wurdack, pitcher, Parkway South, senior Sam Dockweiler, catcher, Holt, senior Jade Gates, inielder, Incarnate Word, junior Destinee Frost, inielder, Warrenton, sophomore Darby Joerling, inielder, Francis Howell, senior Emily Frankenreiter, inielder, Lutheran South, senior Claudia Gallo, outielder, Fox, senior Kelli Gorman, outielder, Orchard Farm, junior Amanda Kraus, utility, Valley Park, junior Kaitlyn Nottlemann, utility, Summit, senior

THIRD TEAM Kaitlynn Williams, pitcher, Troy, junior Sarah Handrahan, pitcher, Jeferson, junior Kirsten Preston, catcher, Fox, senior Katy Kruse, inielder, St. Dominic, junior Madison LeClaire, inielder, Paciic, senior Maddie Michalski, inielder, Oakville, sophomore Madison Harris, inielder, Windsor, senior Sadie Wise, inielder, Kirkwood, senior Taylor Rumping, inielder, Marquette, senior Carly Robinson, utility, Summit, junior Peyton Pfeifer, utility, Pattonville, sophomore

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Warrenton softball player Jenny Jansen (right) poses with her sister, Jessica, and the Class 3 championship trophy.

Jansen sisters play key role in Warrenton’s softball title run BY JIM FAASEN STLhighschoolsports.com

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enny Jansen couldn’t help but follow the advice of her older sister, Jessica. Neither could the rest of the Warrenton High softball team. Jenny, a junior shortstop, hit a team-high .581 with 14 doubles, three home runs and 42 RBI for the Class 3 state champion Warriors, who beat Cape Girardeau Central 12-2 in the title contest. But it was the pre-game speeches and inspiration providedbyJessicaJansen,avivacious 19-year-old with Down syndrome, that triggered the run to the school’s first-ever softballchampionship. Jessica helped fuel a dominant late-season blitz by speaking to the squad right before each game. “She comes in and screams at the top of her lungs, ‘Are you ready?’ ” Jenny recalled. “She’s like, ‘Make some noise,’ and we all scream and she says, ‘I

can’t hear you.’ “It gets us so fired up and ready to play.” With older sister watching ever move, Jansen went out and turned in the season of a lifetime to earn her Post-Dispatch player of the Year honors for the 2015 campaign. Jenny Jansen also compiled an 8-1 record in the pitching circle with a 1.18 earned-run average. In addition, she stole 14 bases for the Warriors, who won 28 of 30 games. “She’s everything you want in a player,” Warrenton coach Trevor Hibbs said. “On the field, of the field, she just does everything that you wish every single player would do.” Jenny Jansen closed out the season on a 14-game hitting streak as her team won its last nine games by a 104-11 margin. While Hibbs prepared the squad from a strategical standpoint, Jessica took care of the emotional side. The contests simply could not officially start until Jessica completed her fire-

up speech. “She started doing them formysummerteamandever since they started, we just keptwinning,” Jennysaid. Jessica enjoyed the magic carpet ride to the state title, as much, if not more, than the players. “I wanted to help my sister,” Jessica said. “They have a great team and I wanted to help out. I said to them that I wanted them to go out and play the championship game and make me proud.” Hibbs said the partnership between Jessica and the team was great to see, especially since Jessica’s words of wisdom always seemed to hit home. “It got the girls fired up and it got us going every time,” Hibbs said. “The girls just loved it.” Jessica and Jenny’s mom, Laurie Jansen, was overjoyed that both of her daughters could play such an integral part in a championship season. “It’s hard to put into words because to say I’m

proud is an understatement,” Laurie Jansen said. “I think I’m most proud of the dedication and the hard work they both put into everything that they do versus just the accomplishment itself. As a team, I’m just extremely proud of the way they welcomed Jessica and embraced her.” Warrenton had winning streaks of 18 and nine games during the season and, at the forefront of it all, was Jenny Jansen and her multi-purpose skills. “Jenny leads by example in practice,” Hibbs said. “She’s an awesome base runner, just her softball IQ is incredible.” Jenny Jansen says the reality of being a state champion hasn’t completely sunk in just yet. “I still don’t even have the words right now,” Jenny Jansen said. “I have so much pride in this community. I have more pride in being a part of this team than I have ever had. This has just been something so special.”

PITCHER OF THE YEAR • ABBY DEANE, EUREKA

BACK TO BACK South Dakota State-bound Deane led Wildcats to another deep playof run BY JIM FAASEN STLhighschoolsports

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bby Deane knew she had her work cut out this season. Trying to replicate last year would be a chore for the hard-throwing Eureka High righthander. Yet Deane did not flinch, turning in a campaign that almost bettered her junior year, in which she led the Wildcats to a third-place finish at the state tournament. For the second successive season, Deane has been selected as the PostDispatch pitcher of the year. Deane might have been even more impressive her final time around amassing a 19-1 record with a 0.76 earned-run average. She recorded a 246 strikeouts in 129 innings, breaking the school record of 222 she set in 2014. “I feel really good about myself this year because the numbers were better than even last year,” Deane said. “That means I’m improving. That’s what I want to keep doing.” Deane was 16-11 with a 1.60 ERA in 2014. The Wildcats fell short

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Eureka pitcher Abby Deane was 19-1 with 246 strikeouts and a 0.76 ERA in 2015.

of a state trip this season, losing to Fox in the quarterfinal round. Deane, who is headed to South Dakota State University in Brookings, carried an 18-0 mark and a 0.55 ERA into the final contest of the season against Fox. Up until that point, she had been almost perfect surrendering just six earned runs in 19 outings. The Wildcats did not have as strong of an offensive lineup this season, which forced Deane to bear down even more. “Our ofense was something we really had to work

at this season because we knew it was not what it had been in the past,” Deane said. “There were a lot of pitchers’ duels and some of those games were so close, I almost had heart attacks.” Eureka coach Mark Mosley said that without Deane and her spotless regular season, which included 11 shutouts, the Wildcats likely would not have reached the elite eight. The Wildcats (20-4) scored just 133 runs in 24 games — but only gave up 41. “We’ve had really good pitchers come through

this program and she’s definitely been one of the best,” said Mosley, who also coached 2013 Post Dispatch player of the year and pitcher Maddie Krumrey. “She had a lot of young players around her and we relied a lot more on her than we’ve had to rely on pitchers in the past. Abby was able to dominate and perform.” Deane, who was also the Suburban West Conference player of the year and a first-team all state selection, said that she owes a lot of the success she’s enjoyed over the past two seasons to teammates, and especially to Krumrey. “She was very helpful and I actually learned a lot from her,” Deane said of Krumrey. “Just being at all the games my sophomore year and being able to come up after her and being able to finish what she started, it was really nice having her come before me. I learned a lot from her.” Deane will now get the chance to use that knowledge as she heads off to college. “I’m very confident and I think I’m going to go up there and do very well,” Deane said. “I’m excited.”

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