All-Region Softball Player of the Year

Madison Anthony Skyview High School

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Season highlights

photoMadison Anthony, Skyview softball player

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• Went 4 for 4 with a home run, a triple, and drove in four runs at a state tournament game.

• Batted .600 and scored seven runs in the five games at state, leading Skyview to a fourth-place trophy.

• Batted better than .600 in the 4A GSHL league schedule, leading the Storm to the league championship.

• Hit tying home run in the seventh inning of a game that Skyview won to advance to state.

More about Madison

• Favorite movies: “The Hangover” and “Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins”

• Favorite book: “Twilight”

• Favorite subject: American Sign Language.

• Most influential person: “My mom (Kim Anthony, who played softball at Columbia River and then in college at UNLV). “I’ve always looked up to her. She makes me a better softball player and a better person.”

Next year and beyond

• Only a sophomore, Madison Anthony is excited about the challenge to get back to state. “Our expectations should be higher. I know we can do it.”

“When we lost to Walla Walla 1-0, we knew we played our hardest. That’s all our coach asks us. We had to push it the next game, though. We had the confidence to play for third-fourth place. That was our goal.”

Madison Anthony

Referring to winning the game after losing in the semifinals, to bring home a trophy.

Rest of All-Region team

• Erin Bate, sr., Ridgefield: Superb athlete ruled as shortstop for a team that reached the 1A state tourney.

• Michelle Brincefield, fr., Skyview: All-league pitcher helped Storm to Class 4A state semifinals.

• Taylor Bussey, so., Prairie: Phenomenal on defense and a solid hitter, made first-team all-league.

• Erin Carson, sr., Camas: Shattered several school records, including career hits, average, runs.

• Chelsea Creech, jr., Prairie: Always a threat to hit to drive in a run, even if there are no runners on base.

• Kylee Gaspar, sr., Mountain View: Incredible bat led her to being picked as co-MVP of the 3A GSHL.

• Alysa Huntley, jr., Skyview: First-team all-leaguer played her best in the biggest games of the season.

• Makayla Lafever, so., Woodland: Stepped up in a big way, earning MVP award for 2A GSHL.

• Ashley Sfetku, sr., Hudson’s Bay: 1st team, all-leaguer for squad that just missed a trip to the bi-district tourney.

• Brooke Sorenson, sr., Heritage: All-league catcher and the leader of the Timberwolves.

• McKenna Spieth, sr., Union: Some of her homers might still be in the air; 4A GSHL’s player of the year.