April 20, 2008

West Receives All-Conference Award

Thomasville, N.C.--Freshman Magen West was awarded Second Team All-Conference honors for her efforts as a designated player for the Lees-McRae women's softball team this season as announced by Conference Carolinas officials at the league's softball banquet Thursday evening. The banquet kicked off the Conference Carolinas Women's Softball Championship Tournament hosted by Erskine College at Heritage Park in Simpsonville, S.C.

Head coaches of all member institutions nominate and then vote on the award winners which represent the best of the best for Conference Carolinas in 2008. The Lady Bobcats finished 7th in league play with an 8-12 conference record and 21-21 overall, giving the Lady Bobcats their first .500 season since 1999. The squad also garnered three Player (or Pitcher) of the Week awards this year.

Magen West of Whitney, Tex., in her first year of college ball, was selected All-Conference Second Team. West proved to be an offensive weapon for the Lady Bobcats as she tallied 12 Conference Carolinas RBIs, maintained a .458 slugging percentage and rattled off three homeruns in a week's time against Belmont Abbey College, Erskine College and Pfeiffer University. A clutch hitter, West helped win many games for the Bobcats at the plate.

2008 Conference Carolinas Women's Softball Award Winners:

Player of the Year:
Shelly Catlett, Coker College

Freshman of the Year:
Jessica McFadden, Barton College

Coach of the Year:
David Hanna, Coker College

All-Conference First Team:
Kimberly Atkinson, Coker-1B
Courtney Wallace, Mount Olive-2B
Katee Knapp, Erskine-3B
Ashton Williamson, Coker-SS
Ashlee LaFontaine, Erskine-C
Bailey Harrell, Mount Olive-C
Jessica McFadden, Barton-OF
Jessica Blackwell, Coker-OF
Jasmine Dobbin, St. Andrews-OF
Miranda Klees, Coker-DP
Dacia Ijames, Pfeiffer -Utility
Shelly Catlett, Coker-P
Jenny Jackson, Mount Olive-P
Lauren Gunter, Erskine-P

All-Conference Second Team:
Lora Daniel, Anderson-1B
Lindsey LaPrad, Erskine-2B
Meredith Knox, Anderson-3B
Kari Kmetic, Queens-SS
Mary Lee Giurintano, Queens-C
Eunice Nettles, Coker-C
Anna Lucas, Coker-OF
Katie Hobbs, Belmont Abbey-OF
Kelly Davis, Erskine-OF
Magen West, Lees-McRae-DP
Alisha Waldrop, Queens -Utility
Emily Wallace, Limestone-P
Rebekah George, Erskine-P
Casey Deer, Anderson-P