Sicard leads trio to repeat on all-district softball units

AGWSR junior pitcher Ashley Sicard headlined a group of nine area softball players named recently to the Iowa Girls Coaches Association’s 2014 all-district teams.

Sicard earned her third all-district selection after helping the Cougars return to the Iowa Girls’ State Softball Tournament as the team’s ace pitcher and leading hitter. Her 14 home runs led all of Class 1A and her 274 strikeouts ranked second.

Sicard is one of three repeat all-district selections from the area, joined in that distinction by back-to-back honorees Kendall Scurr of BCLUW and Mariah Fritz from East Marshall.

Scurr, a senior shortstop for the regional finalist Comets, was a three-time all-NICL West Division first-team selection this season. Named to the Class 2A all-Central District, Scurr hit .383 with 34 stolen bases and 30 runs scored.

Fritz, who split the all-NICL West’s Most Outstanding Player honor with Sicard, led the league with a .514 batting average and finished at .488 across all 37 games. The junior right-hander also posted a 26-3 record in the circle, striking out a school-record 239 batters in 183 2/3 innings pitched.

Sicard was one of four area players named to the 1A all-Northeast District, joined by fellow Cougars Madison Fryslie and Olivia Ingledue. Both senior outfielders, Fryslie and Ingledue batted .360 and .368, respectively, this season as AGWSR returned to state and captured third place for the second year in a row.

Colo-NESCO senior center fielder Madison Farren finished as the Royals’ leader with a .405 batting average, eight doubles and 29 RBIs, earning her first all-district honor.

Scurr was one of three BCLUW players picked for the 2A all-Central District squad. Junior center fielder Mallory Vawter led the Comets with a .400 batting average and had 32 stolen bases, while the sophomore Callaway went 12-4 in the circle and also hit at a .306 clip.

Fritz was joined on the 3A all-Central District unit by classmate Taylor Fricke. The junior shortstop hit .370 with 11 doubles, nine home runs and 48 RBIs for the Mustangs, who logged their best finish in three consecutive state tournament trips with a fourth-place result last week.