The 40th edition of the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Softball Teams rolls on after the underclass team. Here are players selected from schools in CIF section or regional playoffs from the 2023 spring season that were classified medium or small schools in class.
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It’s not very often that the Ms. Softball State Player of the Year is from one of these teams but that was the case this season with Randi Roelling from Central Catholic of Modesto. She also was the medium schools player of the year and has been joined on the medium schools all-state teams by teammate Jazmarie Roberts.
Roelling wasn’t the only player from the medium schools ranks who was considered for State Player of the Year, either. Big-time prospect and power hitter Ella Roberts from Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks (hit 14 homers and going to Oklahoma) was up there as well. We’re not spoiling anything by saying that Roelling and Roberts both will be on the still-to-be-done 30-player All-State First Team. Others from medium schools and perhaps one or two from small schools also still could be on either First Team or Second Team overall.
Roberts also is one of five girls who are repeating as a first team medium schools honoree. The other three including Roelling are Jaeya Butler from Aquinas of San Bernardino, Kailani Tatro from Pinole Valley of Pinole and Abi Pikas from Pacheco of Los Banos.
Roberts might have hit a lot more than 13 homers if she wasn’t walked so many times, and it worked out that many of the reported state home run leaders wound up on medium schools first team all-state. The list includes two who hit 18 roundtrippers that were tied for second in the state (according to MaxPreps) — Bella Nuno from Dos Pueblos of Goleta and Stefini Ma’ake from Our Lady of Peace (San Diego). There also was Kendall Nakano of Norwalk with 15, Butler with 14 and Caitlyn Early from San Marcos of Santa Barbara with 14.
Two of those on first team medium schools were on first team small schools last season and that would include pitcher Meika Lauppe from East Nicolaus of Nicolaus. Her team played in the CIF NorCal D2 playoffs (where it beat Vacaville before losing in a close game to Notre Dame of Salinas), hence the move up. That also didn’t prevent her teammate, Danni Farris, from also gaining an all-state medium schools selection. Ma’ake of Our Lady of Peace also was first team small schools last year.
In addition to final D3 state No. 1 Central Catholic also landing two players on these all-state teams, the same also was true for D4 state No. 1 Capital Christian of Sacramento and D5 state No. 1 Holtville.
With Lauppe moving up, there still were three others who repeated on first team all-state small schools. One of those was Jenissa Conway from Marysville (not far to the east of East Nicolaus). The other two are Brooklyn Lee from Western Christian of Upland and Kamryn Walker of Holtville.
It also struck as unique that two girls with the same name, Mia Castillo, have both landed on this year’s all-state teams. Mia Castillo from Aquinas of San Bernardino is on medium schools. Mia Castillo of Orange Cove in the CIF Central Section is on small schools.
Another aspect of these teams to consider is that they are not player rankings (which is common in recruiting). There also has to be a minimum number of players at each position (examples at least two catchers and at least three outfielders).
Final 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. Most softball teams that were D2 were considered large except for a few. Those that were in Division III and a few that were in D4 are medium. In our system, some schools with large enrollments in lower playoff divisions are just too big to be small schools. 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 2023 Cal-Hi Sports All-State Softball Teams for medium schools and small schools:
FIRST TEAM MEDIUM SCHOOLS CATCHERS
McKenna Campbell (Willow Glen, San Jose) Sr.
Karmen Vasquez (Hanford West, Hanford) Fr.
FIRST TEAM MEDIUM SCHOOLS PITCHERS
Ainsley Berlingeri (Camarillo) Sr.
Nicolette Hunter (Rio Mesa, Oxnard) Sr.
Meika Lauppe (East Nicolaus, Nicolaus) Sr.
Bridget Nemeth (Glendora) Sr.
Randi Roelling (Central Catholic, Modesto) Sr.
Kailani Tatro (Pinole Valley, Pinole) Sr.
Jada Villegas (Cajon, San Bernardino) Jr.
Ainsley Waddell (Sequoia, Redwood City) Sr.
FIRST TEAM MEDIUM SCHOOLS INFIELD
Melody Acevedo (Hillcrest, Riverside) Soph.
Jaeya Butler (Aquinas, San Bernardino) Sr.
Caitlyn Early (San Marcos, Santa Barbara) Jr.
Aleena Garcia (Whittier Christian, La Habra) Jr.
Isabella Nuno (Dos Pueblos, Goleta) Sr.
Abi Pikas (Pacheco, Los Banos) Sr.
Miranda Pozos (Bloomington) Sr.
Samantha Rey (Notre Dame, Salinas) Sr.
Xiane Romero (Temescal Canyon, Lake Elsinore) Jr.
Jazmine Williams (Steele Canyon, Lakeside) Sr.
FIRST TEAM MEDIUM SCHOOLS OUTFIELD
Holly Medina (Oak Hills, Hesperia) Sr.
Ella Parker (Notre Dame, Sherman Oaks) Sr.
Ayana Shaw (Mater Dei Catholic, Chula Vista) Sr.
FIRST TEAM MEDIUM SCHOOLS
MULTI-PURPOSE (Hit & Pitch)
Madison Finnerty (Moorpark) Jr.
Taylor Hastin (Tulare) Sr.
Stefini Ma’ake (Our Lady of Peace, San Diego) Jr.
Ella Myers (Monterey) Soph.
Kendall Nakano (Norwalk) Jr.
Ana Niles (Ponderosa, Shingle Springs) Sr.
Janessa Santos (Valley View, Moreno Valley) Sr.
SECOND TEAM MEDIUM SCHOOLS CATCHERS
Alexa Carino (Sutter) Jr.
Alyssa Torres (Valley View, Moreno Valley) Fr.
SECOND TEAM MEDIUM SCHOOLS PITCHERS
Olivia Bauer (Sutter) Jr.
Mia Castillo (Aquinas, San Bernardino) Sr.
Alanna Clincy (Willow Glen, San Jose) Fr.
Delainey Everett (Oakdale) Sr.
Ella Ludden (Birmingham, Lake Balboa) Sr.
Malaya Majam-Finch (Fullerton) Fr.
Lauren Mendez (Foothill, Tustin) Jr.
Taylor Peacock (Culver City) Jr.
Jasmine Whorley (Alameda) Sr.
SECOND TEAM MEDIUM SCHOOLS INFIELD
Addison Amaral (Notre Dame, Salinas) Jr.
Danni Farris (East Nicolaus, Nicolaus) Sr.
KaLeena Gonzales (Oxnard) Sr.
Mariah Hopkins (Cordova, Rancho Cordova) Sr.
Marley Panziera (Salinas) Sr.
Olivia Rivera (Maria Carrillo, Santa Rosa) Sr.
Jazmarie Roberts (Central Catholic, Modesto) Soph.
Kyndal Todd (Castro Valley) Sr.
Lola Whalen (Encinal, Alameda) Sr.
SECOND TEAM MEDIUM SCHOOLS OUTFIELD
Natalia Hill (Gahr, Cerritos) Jr.
Riannah Maulupe (Carson) Jr.
Makayla Noone (J.W. North, Riverside) Sr.
SECOND TEAM MEDIUM SCHOOLS
MULTI-PURPOSE (Hit & Pitch)
Emmy Cardenas (La Jolla) Sr.
Ashley Garcia (Warren, Downey) Sr.
Kassandra Gewecke (Temple City) Jr.
Jocelynn Gonzalez (Kingsburg) Fr.
Kylie Loertsher (El Toro, Lake Forest) Jr.
Olivia Manchester (Vista del Lago, Folsom) Sr.
Madi McDonnell (Capistrano Valley, Mission Viejo) Jr.
Hailey Shuler (Sierra Canyon, Chatsworth) Sr.
FIRST TEAM SMALL SCHOOLS CATCHERS
Dani Jackman (University Prep, Victorville) Soph.
Brooklyn Lee (Western Christian, Upland) Sr.
FIRST TEAM SMALL SCHOOLS PITCHERS
Liliana Arana (Santa Paula) Sr.
Bree Brennan (Village Christian, Sun Valley) Jr.
Mia Castillo (Orange Cove) Jr.
Madison Cribs (Summerville, Tuolomne) Sr.
Aribella Farrell (St. Helena) Sr.
Kaleena Lemus (Ganesha, Pomona) Soph.
Jacquelyn Lujan (Orestimba, Newman) Sr.
FIRST TEAM SMALL SCHOOLS INFIELD
Hailey Alkire (Capital Christian, Sacramento) Jr.
Alexis Alvarado (Fowler) Soph.
Ava Alvarez (Coastal Academy, Oceanside) Soph.
Mariah Avila (Orestimba, Newman) Soph.
Briseis Botanis (Wheatland) Jr.
Kayla Fullalove-Silveira (Monte Vista Christian, Watsonville) Soph.
Audrey Graham (Dixon) Jr.
Emma Jackson (Salesian, Richmond) Sr.
Rebekah Millan (John Swett, Crockett) Soph.
Vanessa Perez (Linfield Christian, Temecula) Sr.
Kamryn Walker (Holtville) Sr.
FIRST TEAM SMALL SCHOOLS OUTFIELD
Bailie Clark (Calaveras, San Andreas) Sr.
Jenissa Conway (Marysville) Sr.
Margo-Malaika Weaver (St. Mary’s, Berkeley) Sr.
FIRST TEAM SMALL SCHOOLS
MULTI-PURPOSE (Hit & Pitch)
Karsyn Bauer (Liberty, Madera Ranchos) Jr.
Cabria Childers (West Valley, Cottonwood) Sr.
Cali Cole (Stone Ridge Christian, Merced) Jr.
Hailey Davis (Boron) Jr.
Kalli Strahm (Holtville) Sr.
Morgan Triguiero (Caruthers) Sr.
Ayla Tuua (Capital Christian, Sacramento) Fr.
SECOND TEAM SMALL SCHOOLS CATCHERS
Sofia Cupp (St. Helena) Sr.
Gracie Dunning (Gridley) Sr.
Skye Johnson (Bethel Christian, Riverside) Jr.
SECOND TEAM SMALL SCHOOLS PITCHERS
Kharime Caratachea (Ripon) Jr.
Autumn Farkas (Taft) Jr.
Gracie Hornbuckle (University Prep, Redding) Jr.
Jaelyn Quintana (Fowler) Soph.
Audrina Rodriguez (Woodlake) Soph.
Peyton Rohr (Viewpoint, Calabasas) Sr.
Jayden Rutledge (Imperial) Soph.
Cedes Santana (Wasco) Soph.
SECOND TEAM SMALL SCHOOLS INFIELD
Nylah Beba (Verdugo Hills) Sr.
Mariah Becerra (St. Joseph, Lakewood) Fr.
Kaitlyn Cabral (University Prep, Redding) Sr.
Cayla Contreras (Coastal Academy, Oceanside) Soph.
Sabrina Hardin (Stevenson, Pebble Beach) Soph.
Gionna Mehrtens (Escondido Charter) Jr.
Marie Milton (Flintridge Sacred Heart, La Canada) Sr.
Jada Mizener (Taft) Jr.
Tenley Puett (Vasquez, Acton) Jr.
Star Roman-Elizado (Orange Cove) Jr.
SECOND TEAM SMALL SCHOOLS OUTFIELD
Giselle Aguirre (Caruthers) Jr.
Laney Koepp (Calaveras, San Andreas) Sr.
Kylie Maldonado (Ontario Christian) Sr.
Cassidy Weaver (West Valley, Cottonwood) Sr.
SECOND TEAM SMALL SCHOOLS
MULTI-PURPOSE (Hit & Pitch)
Cassiti Baroni (Fort Bragg) Sr.
Kylee Fennell (Fortuna) Sr.
Tatiana Ray (Hoopa Valley, Hoopa) Sr.
Lisa Villanueva (King City) Jr.
Bailey Weibling (Los Molinos) Jr.
State Medium Schools
Player of the Year: Randi Roelling (Central Catholic)
State Small Schools
Player of the Year:
Ayla Tuua (Capital Christian)