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June 16, 2007

Warriors lead way

Edgewood heads annual Star Beacon all-county softball selections

Once again, the Edgewood Warriors advanced farther than any team in Ashtabula County in the postseason, reaching the Division II district title game against Poland at the JAGS Complex in Jefferson.

And once again, the Warriors ruled the roost of the Northeastern Conference, winning a sixth consecutive league championship.

So it should come to the surprise of no one that Edgewood dominates the 2007 Star Beacon All-Ashtabula County squad.

Senior shortstop Trisha Dreslinski is Player of the Year for the second straight season, while Warriors coach Shelley Monas is Coach of the Year for a record-setting fifth straight season.

Dreslinski is joined on the first team by four of her Edgewood teammates - junior second baseman Katie McMellen, the county's leading hitter (.600), sophomore hurler Megan Dragon (18-1, 0.80) and senior outfielders Jackie Baird (.347) and Alexi Cash (.289).

NEC runner-up Jefferson (15-5, 11-4) is next in line, placing four players on the first team, including junior repeaters Courtney Francis (catcher, 343), Callie Busch (center fielder, .340) and pitcher Kari Rouzer (1-5, 0.64). They are joined by the team's leading hitter this season, senior shortstop Tara Aiman (.355).

Pymatuning Valley (20-5, 8-4 in the Northeastern Athletic Conference) enjoyed it's best season in years.

Coach Andy Gray's Lakers are represented on the first team by sophomore pitcher Jennifer Tennant (13-5, 1.06 ERA, .421 batting average, county-best 37 RBI) and sister outfielders Kasey Landis (junior, .380) and Kayla Landis (sophomore, .467).

Conneaut (8-12, 4-11) also has three players on the first team in junior shortstop Amanda Furmage (.360), junior catcher Becky Betteridge (.338) and sophomore infielder/pitcher April Holdson (.320).

Rounding out the first team are Lakeside sophomore pitcher Christina Hutchison (11-9, 1.55 ERA, .333 batting average) and Geneva sophomore outfielder Brittany Stevenson (.420).

Edgewood (23-2, (14-1) also heads the second-team selections with four in senior first baseman Allison Adkins (.329), senior third baseman Rachel Wolford (.311) and outfielders Amber Adley (senior, .343) and Brittany Martin (sophomore, .380).

Lakeside (13-9, 8-7) has senior catcher Darlene Bott (.270) and junior third baseman Tila Ernst (.310), while Geneva (12-11, 7-8) matches it with a pair of second-team selections in outfielders Brittany Zele (senior, 353) and Kristen Fortune (junior, .333), as does SS. John and Paul (3-9, 3-8 in the East Suburban Conference) in senior outfielder Jenn Laurello (.467) and senior third baseman Jessica Harchalk (.433).

Rounding out the second squad are Jefferson junior left fielder Amber Hurst (.292), Grand Valley (5-18, 4-6 in the Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division) senior catcher Rachel Mansfield (.306) and PV junior infielder Jen Dibell.

The first team is dominated by juniors (7), while also including four seniors and five sophomores.

The second team is led by eight seniors, while also including four juniors and one sophomore.

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