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November 14, 2012

Crowning achievement

DHS’ Moore, Cooper, MHS’ Walker named to Softball All-State team

Evan Grice
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DUNCAN — While the 2012 softball fastpitch season might have ended, the postseason awards are just starting to come in for area players.

At the end of October, when the All-State announcements were made, Stephens County managed to land three names on the coveted list.

Duncan’s Rachel Cooper and Courtney Moore were both named to the Large West All-State team, while Marlow’s Avery Walker was named to the Middle West All-State team.

“Both of these girls were deserving of the honor,” Duncan coach Robert Cowan said. “Courtney was named at third base, which is what she primarily played during her junior year, and played a little at this season as well. She was the first utility player picked. During the first part of the season she really helped carry our team.” Moore made an impact for the Lady Demons this season, leading the team in hitting along with RBI.

She also managed to hit above .500 for the season to go with her eight total homeruns, as the Lady Demons made a return to the state tournament before falling to eventual state champion Grove in the quarterfinal round.

Cowan added Cooper brought her own strengths to the Lady Demons this season as well.

“Rachel was only the second player ever to hit .500 for me during a season,” he said. “She did that her junior year, but still had a solid batting average over .400 this time around. I’m very proud of her because she was named as one of the starting outfielders, and she deserves it.”

Meanwhile, Walker was named as a utility second basemen, and will join Moore and Cooper in playing at the All-State game which will take place next summer from the OU Softball Complex in Norman.

“I’m really happy Avery received this award,” Marlow coach Brian Miller said. “She has been a mainstay of our team for four years, and is a really deserving person because of all she has done for this team during her career.”

In addition to being named All-State, Moore and Cooper were named to the Region 5 All-Region Team in class 6A-5A. Walker landed on the Class 4A-3A All-Region team.

But, there was more area athletes who received the honor of being named All-Region.

Central High’s Aleia Daniels, Christa Sparks and Caitlyn White along with Waurika’s Staci Brandon and Reyna Swift were named to the Class 2A-A-B All Region team list.

“I couldn’t be more proud of these two players for everything they have done for us this season,” Waurika coach Ivy Fitzgerald said. “They have both put in the blood, sweat and tears required to be successful. Each of them deserve every postseason award they are going to receive.”

Speaking of awards, Swift was also named MVP of the Southern Eight Conference, while Brandon was named to the first team list in the Southern Eight Conference.