CENTENARY, Ohio — Four Blue Angels are officially in the history books.
That’s because four Gallia Academy High School softball players — two first-teamers and two Honorable Mention selections — are the first to be recognized as all-Ohio Valley Conference softball honorees.
At long last, the all-OVC list was publicly released on Sunday, as Gallia Academy completed its initial season in the OVC.
The all-OVC softball squad is selected by the league’s coaches, as league champion Rock Hill had four players named to the first team.
League runners-up Coal Grove and Ironton amounted three first-team picks, followed by Gallia Academy, South Point and Portsmouth with two first-teamers apiece.
Chesapeake and Fairland finished with one first-team choice.
All eight OVC schools are allotted two automatic Honorable Mention selections.
There are no Players of the Year selected, but Rock Hill head coach Sam Gue garnered Coach of the Year.
For the Blue Angels, the club’s only senior Makenzie Barr made the first team — along with the Blue and White’s only freshman in pitcher Hunter Copley.
Gallia Academy catcher Jenna Meadows made Honorable Mention, along with infielder Kimberly Edelmann.
Rock Hill’s first-team choices included Jenna Lane, Makenzi Harrah, Kaci Russell and Jill Hairston, while Kasey Murphy, Lauren Crum and Lauren Meyer mustered first team for Coal Grove.
Ironton’s honorees on first team were Aley Carmon, McKenzie Cremeens and Kylie Barcus.
Haley Rawlins and Abby Hannah were South Point’s first-team picks, as were Portsmouth’s Sharia Kearns and Andi Queen.
Kelsey Huff of Chesapeake and Mollie Morris for Fairland rounded out the first-team squad.
In addition to Meadows and Edelmann, the Honorable Mention list featured Riann Keating and Anna Darby of Rock Hill, Gracie Riley and Mckenzie Moore of Coal Grove, Katie Burcham and Ruthie Pahlosky of Ironton, Emilee Powell and Keiana Conwell of South Point, Semajah Parker and Wesleigh Jackson of Portsmouth, Melanie Noble and Brooke Webb of Chesapeake, and Morgan Fridley and Madison Kazee for Fairland.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106