The 35th annual Cal-Hi Sports All-State Softball Teams roll on with those players named from schools that were in CIF section playoffs during the 2017 season that made them medium or small school in class. And now with competitive equity based playoff divisions, determining whether a player is from a team that’s small, medium or large can be as tricky as whether to put a name on the list or not.
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The top two teams in the final Cal-Hi Sports Division III state rankings — Buena of Ventura and Benicia — lead the way for the 2017 Medium Schools All-State Softball Team. Both the Bulldogs and Panthers have two each on the first team.
No other schools have two on first team, but several have one on the first and one the second, including Santana of Santee, Livermore, Notre Dame of Salinas, Murrieta Mesa of Murrieta, Hart of Newhall, East Union of Manteca and Monache of Porterville.
There was one school in the 2017 Small Schools All-State selections that had two on the first team and one on the second and that was CIF Southern Section Division 6 champion St. Anthony of Long Beach. The Saints were bolstered with the arrival of several freshmen already with major college commitments and well-known on the travel ball circuit and two of those players — infielder Tiare Jennings and multi-purpose Morgan Smith — both are on the all-state team.
Other schools with more than one player selected to the all-state small schools teams are Sutter, Selma, Escalon, Calaveras of San Andreas, Village Christian of Sun Valley, San Diego High Tech, Bishop’s of La Jolla and Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth.
Note: Other than a few exceptions, schools that were eligible to be in the Cal-Hi Sports Division IV or Division V state rankings are considered small and those that were in Division III are medium. In the CIFSS playoffs, D1 and D2 are large, D3 and D4 are medium, D5 is mixed with some in medium and some in small, D6 and D7 are small. There also are mixed teams from the CIF Central Coast Section in its D1 (some medium, some large) and for CIF Sac-Joaquin D4 (some small, some medium). There is no all-state large schools team, but there is a third team added to the overall teams in which only players from large schools are eligible.
Here are the 2017 Cal-Hi Sports All-State Softball Teams for medium schools and small schools:
MEDIUM SCHOOLS FIRST TEAM CATCHERS
McKenzie Bennett (Santana, Santee) Jr.
Megan Bower (Miramonte, Orinda) Jr.
Frankie Hammoude (Bishop O’Dowd, Oakland) Jr.
Missy Nunes (Livermore) Sr.
MEDIUM SCHOOLS FIRST TEAM PITCHERS
Grace Garcia (Half Moon Bay) Jr.
Vanessa Gonzalez (Notre Dame, Salinas) Jr.
Callie Nunes (Ceres) Sr.
Madison Papenhausen (San Marin, Novato) Fr.
Autumn Pease (Murrieta Mesa, Murrieta) Jr.
Brooke Yanez (Buena, Ventura) Sr.
MEDIUM SCHOOLS FIRST TEAM INFIELD
Alexis Allan (Oak Hills, Hesperia) Sr.
Hope Brandner (Vanden, Fairfield) Sr.
Jordan Matthews (El Dorado, Placentia) Sr.
Janelle Meono (Wilson, Hacienda Heights) Soph.
Sabrina Nunez (Redwood, Larkspur) Sr.
Hailee Rios (San Marcos, Santa Barbara) Sr.
Julia Scardina (Marin Catholic, Kentfield) Soph.
Hana Suppus (Piner, Santa Rosa) Jr.
Abby Sweet (Hart, Newhall) Sr.
MEDIUM SCHOOLS FIRST TEAM OUTFIELD
Alexis Erich (East Union, Manteca) Sr.
Jaymi Steward (Redlands) Sr.
Elizabeth Sweeney (Benicia) Sr.
Jessica Ullegue (Buena, Ventura) Jr.
FIRST TEAM MULTI-PURPOSE
Savannah Diederich (Los Altos, Hacienda Heights) Jr.
Grace Green (Oakdale) Jr.
McKenna Gregory (Benicia) Sr.
Chloe Rivas (Monache, Porterville) Jr.
Jessica Seely (Foothill, Palo Cedro) Sr.
Lindsey Walljasper (Sierra, Manteca) Jr.
Morgan Wynne (Concord) Jr.
MEDIUM SCHOOLS SECOND TEAM CATCHERS
Aurora Adams (Santiago, Garden Grove) Sr.
Alyssa Gonzalez (Beaumont) Jr.
Serena Huchingson (Newbury Park) Jr.
Riley Siegel (Drake, San Anselmo) Sr.
MEDIUM SCHOOLS SECOND TEAM PITCHERS
Mikayla Bongi (East Union, Manteca) Sr.
Tabitha Dyer (Newbury Park) Sr.
Madison Mendez (Santana, Santee) Soph.
Presley Miraglia (Burroughs, Burbank) Jr.
Maddy Stockslager (South, Torrance) Sr.
MEDIUM SCHOOLS SECOND TEAM INFIELD
Madison Bogdanovich (La Mirada) Jr.
Jessenia Castillo (Monache, Porterville) Jr.
Jody Cova (Casa Roble, Orangevale) Sr.
Aariyana Egan (Independence, Bakersfield) Jr.
Spencer Hyosaka (Notre Dame, Salinas) Sr.
Madison Kahwaty (Livermore) Jr.
Brooke Marquez (Hart, Newhall) Soph.
Rylee Maston (Paraclete, Lancaster) Sr.
Keana Pola (Godinez, Santa Ana) Soph.
Lauren Randle (Murrieta Mesa, Murrieta) Soph.
Linnah Rebolledo (Ramona, Riverside) Sr.
Isabel Rocco (Jurupa Hills) Soph.
MEDIUM SCHOOLS SECOND TEAM OUTFIELD
Kirsten Cox (Vista del Lago, Folsom) Jr.
Julie Davis (Homestead, Cupertino) Sr.
Sammy Fabian (Glendale) Sr.
Brooke Jackson (San Dimas) Sr.
Jessica Yzaguirre (Crescenta Valley, La Crescenta) Sr.
MEDIUM SCHOOLS SECOND TEAM MULTI-PURPOSE
Ashley Daugherty (Templeton) Soph.
Belle Herrera (Patriot, Riverside) Sr.
Mailee Newman (West, Torrance) Jr.
Alex Perez (Linfield Christian, Temecula) Sr.
SMALL SCHOOLS FIRST TEAM CATCHERS
Sam Anderson (Sutter) Sr.
Gabrielle Fua (Harbor Teacher, Wilmington) Sr.
Melika Ofoia (John Swett, Crockett) Sr.
Brielle Stephens (Durham) Sr.
SMALL SCHOOLS FIRST TEAM PITCHERS
Analise De La Roca (Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro) Sr.
Allison Douglas (Del Norte, Crescent City) Soph.
Jessie Fontes (Grace Brethren, Simi Valley) Fr.
Hailey Garcia (Selma) Jr.
Chardae Hoskins (Escalon) Jr.
Janessa Jasso (Dos Palos) Soph.
Lilliana Robles (Heritage Christian, North Hills) Sr.
Chloe Romero (Academy Career & Exploration, Helendale) Sr.
SMALL SCHOOLS FIRST TEAM INFIELD
Alanda Cardon (Calaveras, San Andreas) Soph.
Silent Rain Espinoza (Christian, El Cajon) Jr.
Noemi Farfan (Calvary Christian Academy, Chula Vista) Jr.
Mikayla Ferriera (Ripon) Sr.
MacKenzie Hoffman (Village Christian, Sun Valley) Fr.
Tiare Jennings (St. Anthony, Long Beach) Fr.
Rachel Warrens (High Tech, San Diego) Soph.
SMALL SCHOOLS FIRST TEAM OUTFIELD
Zia Norris (Bishop Montgomery, Torrance) Sr.
Olivia Ortlieb (Taft) Sr.
Livy Schiele (Bishop’s, La Jolla) Sr.
FIRST TEAM MULTI-PURPOSE
Tehya Bird (Cloverdale) Fr.
Hailey Dolcini (Fortuna) Sr.
Leah Lafata (Mariposa County, Mariposa) Sr.
Sidney Lay (Colusa) Jr.
Mariah Mazon (Mission Oak, Tulare) Sr.
Haille Riboni (Carnegie, Riverside) Soph.
Morgan Smith (St. Anthony, Long Beach) Fr.
Linnay Wilson (Coalinga) Sr.
SMALL SCHOOLS SECOND TEAM CATCHERS
Aly Cerda (Selma) Jr.
Sydney Cross (Mt. Shasta) Sr.
Charli Hawkins (Anderson) Soph.
Katie Lucas (Livermore Valley Charter) Sr.
SMALL SCHOOLS SECOND TEAM PITCHERS
Armani Garcia (Santa Ynez) Fr.
Bethany Hammer (Union Mine, El Dorado) Sr.
Carli Lewis (Lassen, Susanville) Sr.
Samantha Martinez (Wasco) Sr.
Ally Melgar (Village Christian, Sun Valley) Fr.
Hailey Peterson (Sutter) Fr.
Caitlyn Rivera (Sierra Canyon, Chatsworth) Sr.
SMALL SCHOOLS SECOND TEAM INFIELD
Haley Antonini (St. Vincent de Paul, Petaluma) Sr.
Hannah Clavelle (Marysville) Jr.
Ashlyn Davis (Carmel) Sr.
Carly Lucchetti (Linden) Jr.
Katie O’Leary (Ripon Christian) Sr.
Mila Rodriguez (Millennium, Tracy) Jr.
Nicole Shoptaugh (Piedmont) Sr.
Janae Weise (Sierra Canyon, Chatsworth) Fr.
SMALL SCHOOLS SECOND TEAM OUTFIELD
Natalie Gudino (St. Genevieve, Panorama City) Sr.
Chloe Malau’ulu (St. Anthony, Long Beach) Jr.
Carmina Nicolas (High Tech, San Diego) Sr.
Samantha Stanley (La Jolla Country Day, La Jolla) Jr.
Anabella Strauch (Escalon) Soph.
SMALL SCHOOLS SECOND TEAM MULTI-PURPOSE
Isabel Gomez (Rosamond) Sr.
Kayla Kappmeyer (Calaveras, San Andreas) Sr.
Sydney Kuma (Caruthers) Soph.
Chandler Luebbers (Webb, Claremont) Sr.
Shelby Maier (Bishop’s, La Jolla) Soph.
Vivian Valencia (Marina) Soph.
State Medium Schools
Player of the Year:
Brooke Yanez (Buena, Ventura)
State Small Schools
Player of the Year:
Livy Schiele (Bishop’s, La Jolla)
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