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Belton senior pitcher Sidney Holman works against Ellison in March.

District 12-6A released its all-league softball selections for the 2016 season, and Belton’s Sidney Holman was unanimously awarded the MVP award.

Holman helped lead the Lady Tigers to a 31-4 record and a berth in the Region II-6A semifinals, where they were defeated 2-1 in a three-game series by Humble Atascocita.

Also receiving superlatives were Waco Midway’s Taylor Ellis and Belton’s Bethany Edwards. Ellis was named Defensive Player of the Year, and Edwards was named Offensive Player of the Year.

Belton freshman Avery Drake received the Newcomer of the Year award.

Midway’s Morgan Ling and Chandler Coskery were named First Team Pitchers, and Sophie Wideman, also of Midway, was named the lone First Team Catcher.

Belton’s Caleigh Robinson, Kaitlyn Jones and Meredith Lusby; Copperas Cove’s Peyton Choate; Midway’s Taylor Goulet; and Killeen’s Tanjala Smith were named First Team Infield.

Receiving First Team Outfield honors were Zoe Frizzell, of Cove; Destynie Moore and Kendall Mraz, of Belton; Zariah Robbins, of Ellison; and Rhein Trochim, of Midway.

Midway’s Aaliyah McCullen was named First Team Designated Player, and Ellison’s Madison Livers was named First Team Utility Player.

Named Second Team Pitchers were Cove’s Elana Montanez, Shoemaker’s Heather Casiano and Killeen’s McKenzie Kudla.

Harker Heights’ Karla Cosme, Cove’s Tessa Fain and Killeen’s Hailey Pitts were named Second Team Catchers.

Receiving Second Team Infield honors were Madi Villarrial, of Midway; Jayda Carter, of Cove; Kelsie Kaminska, of Ellison; Shaylynn Murk, of Killeen; Kaitlyn Lavalley, of Midway; and Marissa Franklin, of Shoemaker.

Named Second Team Utility was Heights’ Maygan Sinner and Julia Sholes, and Cove’s Riley Collier.

Second Team Designated Players were Belton’s Madison Ward and Killeen’s Avalyn James.

Belton head coach Matt Blackburn was named the league’s Coach of the Year.

Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Previously spent time as sports editor at both the Hereford Brand and the Gatesville Messenger. Graduate of West Texas A&M University.

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