BY MIKE MONTFORT –
LUFKIN – East Zone Champion Navarro, led by freshman MVP Ciara Luna, placed six members in some capacity on the 2014 All-Region XIV Softball Team, while Jessica Karenke and Courtney Anderson were selected as the league’s top coaches.
The All-Region XIV Softball team was unveiled Thursday after first-day play of the league’s annual double-elimination tournament.
Two sophomores and two freshmen from the 14th-ranked Bulldogs earned first-team recognition. Sophomore catcher Megan Noel of Cleveland (3-23-2, .323) and shortstop Monique Miller (0-11-32, .450) joined freshman outfielder Destiny Kennedy of Splendora (1-26-14, .390) and pitcher Ciara Luna of Seguin (19-6, 1.12, 2 saves) earned first-team votes from the league coaches.
Luna’s Region MVP honor is a rare designation for a freshman.
Sophomore third baseman Kristen Ahearn of Allen (7-48-12, .372) and freshman outfielder Caitlin Moerbe of Humble (0-6-24, .406) were voted as second-team members.
Karenke and Anderson guided the Navarro club to a 35-13 regular-season record and NJCAA ranking. The Bulldogs finished the regular-season with a flurry by winning 17 of their final 20 regular season games, punctuated by a 12-game winning streak. The Bulldogs also were unbeaten in six games at the Creek Indian JC Classic in Alabama, including a win over 2013 NJCAA Champion Wallace State-Hanceville.
Softball dominates All-East Zone selections
LUFKIN – East Zone champion Navarro placed nine on the Region XIV All-Conference team released Thursday.
Seven members of coach Jessica Karenke’s team received first-team honors and two more made the second-team list.
First-team selections included sophomores Megan Noel of Cleveland, Monique Miller of Hewitt, Kristen Ahearn of Allen, and utility player Kristin Lopez of Houston. Freshmen picks were pitcher Ciara Luna of Seguin and outfielders Destiny Kennedy of Splendora and Caitlyn Moerbe of Humble.
Second-teamers included sophomore pitcher Camrie Helm of Orange and infielder Jade Havard of Lufkin.