Announcement of the 34th annual Cal-Hi Sports all-state teams for softball begins with honors for the best of the best among juniors, sophomores and freshmen. It also can be a sneak peak at the next season and if that’s the case then Mission Viejo, Norco, Orange Lutheran and Sacramento Sheldon are going to be off the charts since all three have landed three players on either first or second team all-state underclass. Five other schools have had two players chosen.
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Due to time constraints, it isn’t possible for the annual all-state softball program conducted by Cal-Hi Sports to do separate teams for juniors, sophomores and freshmen.
Still, with 30 players chosen on first team and 30 more named to the second team, there are slots where some of the best sophomores and freshmen can get honors alongside the juniors.
For this year’s teams, there were seven sophomores and one freshman who have been named first team to go with 22 juniors. On the second team, 11 from the Class of 2018 and five ninth graders made it with 14 juniors.
There were four schools that wound up with three honorees on either first team or second team, but State Team of the Year Mission Viejo is the only one of those four that placed all three on first team, including State Junior of the Year Camryn Ybarra. Norco is one of the other four but also will return every player from its roster next season. It’s safe to say, therefore, that one of those two teams will be No. 1 in next season’s preseason state and national rankings. Lutheran of Orange and Sheldon of Sacramento are the other two schools with three.
Of course, the CIF Southern Section and its sub-regions of Orange County and the Inland Empire have great representation on these teams. The East Bay of the CIF North Coast Section, however, also will be loaded in the next one or two seasons. The State Sophomore of the Year, Vanessa Strong from Freedom of Oakley, and last year’s State Freshman of the Year, Danielle Williams of Pleasanton Amador Valley, plus the junior duo of Karlee Sparacino and Briana Perez from Alhambra of Martinez lead the East Bay contingent.
It was a bit difficult to differentiate among the top freshmen after previously announced Freshman State Player of the Year Kinzie Hansen of Norco so we just left Hansen on the first team and had five more on the second team.
Other schools to get more than one player onto the all-state underclass teams were Los Alamitos, San Marcos, Alhambra of Martinez, Oaks Christian of Westlake Village and Valencia.
Here are the 2016 Cal-Hi Sports All-State Softball Underclass Teams:
FIRST TEAM CATCHERS
Lauren Espalin (Lutheran, Orange) Jr.
Kinzie Hansen (Norco) Fr.
Mary Iakopo (Los Alamitos) Jr.*
Terra McGowan (Mission Viejo) Soph.**
Ally Shipman (Valencia) Soph.
*Also played designated hitter.
**Also played outfield.
FIRST TEAM PITCHERS
Holly Azevedo (Pioneer, San Jose) Jr.
Analise De La Roca (Port of L.A., Wilmington) Jr.
Ryan Denhart (Los Alamitos) Jr.
Taylor Dockins (Norco) Jr.
Natalie Lugo (South Hills, West Covina) Jr.
Molly Millar (Buchanan, Clovis) Soph.
Danielle Williams (Amador Valley, Pleasanton) Soph.
FIRST TEAM INFIELD
Maci Fines (Sheldon, Sacramento) Jr.
Eliyah Flores (Grand Terrace) Jr.
Sabrina Nunez (Redwood, Larkspur) Jr.
Alexis Orozco (San Marcos) Soph.
Briana Perez (Alhambra, Martinez) Jr.
Taylon Snow (Chino Hills) Jr.
Karlee Sparacino (Alhambra, Martinez) Jr.
FIRST TEAM OUTFIELD
Sammy Fabian (Glendale) Jr.
Kayla Ketring (Oaks Christian, Westlake Vllage) Jr.
Livy Schiele (Bishop’s, La Jolla) Jr.
Camryn Ybarra (Mission Viejo) Jr.
FIRST TEAM MULTI-PURPOSE
Maddie Dwyer (Lutheran, Orange) Jr.
Megan Faraimo (Cathedral Catholic, San Diego) Soph.
McKenna Gregory (Benicia) Jr.
Mariah Mazon (Tulare Western, Tulare) Jr.
Jessica Seely (Foothill, Palo Cedro) Jr.
Kyra Snyder (Mission Viejo) Jr.
Vanessa Strong (Freedom, Oakley) Soph.
SECOND TEAM CATCHERS
Megan Bower (Miramonte, Orinda) Soph.
Sydney Cross (Mt. Shasta) Jr.
Frankie Hammoude (Bishop O’Dowd, Oakland) Soph.
Alyssa Kumiyama (Gahr, Cerritos) Jr.
Kacey Zobac (Valley Christian, San Jose) Fr.
SECOND TEAM PITCHERS
Danielle Lung (Clovis) Soph.
Taliyah Miles (Sheldon, Sacramento) Jr.
Shea O’Leary (Valencia) Soph.
Eileen Perez (Valley View, Moreno Valley) Jr.
Payton Tidd (San Marcos) Soph.
Paige Vargas (Santa Margarita, Rancho SM) Soph.
SECOND TEAM INFIELD
Maya Brady (Oaks Christian, Westlake Village) Fr.
Chloe Camarero (Grossmont, El Cajon) Jr.
Marissa Chavez (Charter Oak, Covina) Jr.
Aaliyah Cuevas (Madera) Jr.
Madi Gilmore (El Camino Real, Woodland Hills) Soph.
Brooke Marquez (Hart, Newhall) Fr.
Shea Moreno (Sheldon, Sacramento) Soph.
Linnah Rebolledo (Ramona, Riverside) Jr.
Jasmine Sievers (Capistrano Valley, Mission Viejo) Soph.
Candace Yingling (Vista Murrieta, Murrieta) Fr.
SECOND TEAM OUTFIELD
Ciarra Briggs (Lutheran, Orange) Fr.
Kira Cauley (La Habra) Jr.
Julie Davis (Homestead, Cupertino) Jr.
Naomi Hernandez (Norco) Jr.
Hannah McEwen (Patrick Henry, San Diego) Jr.
Anyssia Ramirez (Heritage, Brentwood) Jr.
Taryn Young (Canyon, Anaheim) Jr.
SECOND TEAM MULTI-PURPOSE
Lexy Mills (Agoura, Agoura Hills) Soph.
Lindsey Wallsjasper (Sierra, Manteca) Soph.
STATE JUNIOR OF THE YEAR:
Camryn Ybarra (Mission Viejo)
STATE SOPHOMORE OF THE YEAR:
Vanessa Strong (Freedom, Oakley)
STATE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR:
Kinzie Hansen (Norco)