Panthers close season with awards event

The Monticello High School softball team held its annual awards event Aug. 9 at Legacy Lanes. All-Conference players honored were, from left: Jaelyn Aitchison, Reese Cox and Mallory Steiner. (Photos by Pete Temple)

Panthers receiving team awards, first row from left: Reese Cox, Katie Roher and Jaelyn Aitchison. Second row: Tori McDonald, DeLainy Fellinger, Piper Hansen and Keziah McQuillen.

     The young Monticello High School softball team may have hoped for a few more wins during this shortened 2020 season, but still had plenty to celebrate during its annual awards event Sunday, Aug. 9 at Legacy Lanes.

     The Panthers, with no seniors on the varsity roster, went 2-11 during the season, but wound up with three All-River Valley Conference players. Monticello also had 11 players earn Academic All-Conference honors.

     A list of awards, presented by head coach Bret McDonald, assistant and JV coach Kim McQuileen, and freshman-sophomore coach Andrea Janssen, follows.





     North Division: Reese Cox, junior utility; Jaelyn Aitchison, freshman outfielder.

     Honorable Mention: Mallory Steiner, sophomore.

Team Awards

     Most Valuable Player: Tori McDonald, junior.

     Most Improved: Piper Hansen, sophomore.

     Best Offensive Player: Jaelyn Aitchison, freshman.

     Co-Best Defensive Players: DeLainy Fellinger, junior; Katie Roher, freshman.

     Rookie of the Year: Keziah McQuillen, eighth-grader.

     Panther Pride Award: Reese Cox, junior.



     Juniors: Reese Cox, DeLainy Fellinger, Tori McDonald.

     Sophomores: Piper Hansen, Karle Kramer, Emma Sperfslage, Kylee Van Dorn.

     Freshmen: Jaelyn Aitchison, Madison Butterworth, Katie Roher, Brea Stahlberg.

JV Awards

     Co-Best Offensive Players: Kayla Simmons, sophomore; Madison Butterworth, freshman.

     Best Defensive Player: Kendra Mescher, eighth-grader.

     Most Improved: Jordan Fangmann, eighth-grader.

     Panther Pride Award: Sami McElmeel, eighth-grader.



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