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All-Area first team softball

Hannah Cookson, Freshman, Outfielder, Crescenta Valley

Burst onto the scene with a big bat that was vital in Falcons’ Pacific League title run, as she hit .538 (43 for 88), 45 RBI, 33 runs, 10 doubles, five triples, seven home runs and just four strikeouts. The first-team All-Pacific Leaguer was also a standout left fielder.

Anna Edwards, Senior, Infielder, La Cañada

Culminated a brilliant career with a storybook ending, as her solo home run led the Spartans to the CIF Southern Section Division I championship with a 1-0 victory. For the year, sported a .471 average, a .569 on-base percentage, 12 homers, 31 RBI, nine stolen bases and 10 doubles on the way to being named Rio Hondo League’s Most Valuable Player. During the Spartans’ title run, she hit .545 with three round-trippers.

Katie Hooper, Soph., Infielder, Burbank

All-Pacific League and All-CIF standout belted nine home runs and hit .539. Was an offensive stalwart for third-place Bulldogs, notching 48 hits, 45 RBI, 32 runs and seven triples.

Catherine Horner, Junior, Catcher, La Cañada

Spartans backstop not only caught the area’s best pitcher, had a great arm and a 1.000 fielding percentage, but was splendid at the plate. The All-Rio Hondo League first-teamer tallied a .421 batting average, scored 24 runs, drove in 17, hit 12 doubles and swiped eight bases.

Sydney House, Senior, Infielder, Crescenta Valley

Hit .479 on 34 hits in 84 at-bats to notch second-team All-Pacific League status. Drove in 25 runs and hit five home runs for the league co-champs, was stellar at first base with just one error and drew 13 walks on her way to a .560 on-base percentage.

Monique Landini, Soph., Infielder, Bell-Jeff

Santa Fe League first-teamer was crucial in Guards’ ascent to CIF finals, notching a .475 average with 28 RBI and five home runs.

Lauren O’Leary, Senior, Pitcher, La Cañada

There were accolades aplenty for the dominant hurler, who was the Rio Hondo League Pitcher of the Year before becoming the CIF Southern Section Division V Player of the Year after leading the Spartans to a CIF championship. Threw a shutout in La Cañada’s 1-0 win over Beaumont for CIF crown to culminate a season in which she went 25-2 with 16 shutouts, a microscopic 0.39 ERA, a .137 opposing batting average and 237 strikeouts to just 27 walks.

Haley Schulman, Junior, Utility, Burroughs

First-team All-Pacific Leaguer had all kinds of value, tallying a .471 average (33 for 70) with 20 RBI and 20 runs, while posting a 7-5 record in the circle with a 1.46 ERA.

Shannon Trujillo, Junior, Utility, Burroughs

Turned in a standout season for the Indians, as she hit .430 with 33 hits in 86 at-bats. The first-team All-Pacific League selection had eight home runs, drove in 34 runs and scored 33 runs to lead Burroughs to a share of its second straight league crown.

Denise van der Goot, Senior, Pitcher, Flintridge Prep

Prep League Pitcher of the Year dominated for the Rebels en route to leading them to a share of the Prep League title and the second round of the CIF Division VI playoffs. An All-CIF selection, van der Goot went 11-2 with a 1.18 ERA and 190 strikeouts to 13 walks in 94 2/3 innings.

Jaylen Watson, Freshman, Outfielder, Bell-Jeff

Boasted monster numbers for the Guards during their historic season. An All-Santa Fe League first-teamer, she hit .503 with 42 RBI, 16 home runs, seven triples and six doubles.

Kaitlyn Williams, Soph., Outfielder, Hoover

Continued her emergence as a top, if not underrated, talent in the area, hitting .469 (30 for 64) with 18 runs scored, 15 RBI and 12 extra-base hits, including five triples. Was a first-team All-Pacific League honoree.

COACH OF THE YEAR

KC Mathews

La Cañada

For a second straight season, coached Spartans to Rio Hondo League title and was named All-Area Softball Coach of the Year. Culminated the resurrection of La Cañada’s softball program as he navigated the Spartans to a CIF Southern Section Division V championship, the program’s first CIF title since 1995. Team went a stellar 26-3 for the year and 12-0 in league.