Softball leagues honor many local athletes
ADDISON COUNTY — Twenty-nine Mount Abraham, Middlebury, Vergennes and Otter Valley union high school softball players and one coach received postseason recognition from either the Metro Conference or Marble Valley League A Division for their efforts this spring.
The coach is MUHS mentor Polly Rheaume, who was named Metro Conference Coach of the Year after guiding the Tigers to a 14-2 regular season mark.
Earning first-team all-Metro recognition, in which players are chosen with strict positional eligibility, were two of her players, pitcher Payton Buxton and outfielder Bridget Audet,
Three Eagles earned first-time Metro honors: second baseman Emily Aldrich, third baseman Dani Forand and outfielder Jenna McArdle.
Two Otters earned MVL A Division first-team honors, shortstop Amy Jones and third baseman Gabby Poalino.
Earning second-team all-Metro honors were Commodore third baseman Tamara Aunchman; two Eagles, shortstop Katelynn Ouellette and pitcher Rachael McCormick; and two Tigers, third baseman Darcy Staats and catcher Hannah Lawrence.
Eight Commodores earned honorable mention from the Metro Conference: Felicia Armell, Taylor Bresnick, Jaymee Fulcher, Rebecca Maloy, Megan Martin, Hannah Philbrook, Nikkilette Salley and Nicole Stearns.
Three Eagles joined them, Brooke Perlee, Macey Ross and Tabitha Vincent, as did four Tigers, Makayla Foster, Sondra Laroche, Abby LaRock and Lily Smith.
From Otter Valley, Maia Edmunds and Courtney Bushey earned MVL A Division honorable mention.
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