The Class 2A/1A all-state softball team has been voted on — it just hasn’t been released, and coaches in at least one league would like a recount.
The Northwest League has had players earn all-state honors the last two years, but there has been some noticeable, unexplained absences, according to Knappa coach James Nichols.
For the second straight year, the Lady Loggers had the NWL’s Player of the Year — but for the second straight season, both players were left off the 2A/1A all-state team.
Knappa catcher Kaitlyn Truax was the league MVP in 2017, and pitcher Madelynn Weaver earned Player of the Year honors this season.
But while other players from the league picked up votes and made the all-state team, Truax and Weaver were not recognized for all-state honors.
“Nothing for (Weaver) and nothing for Kaitlyn last year,” Nichols said. “Of course if you don’t even ask all the coaches to vote, it’s not a real team.”
Nichols earned Coach of the Year honors for the Northwest League this season, as his team shared the league championship and held the NWL’s No. 1 seed to the state playoffs, where the Loggers fell in the first round to North Douglas.
Nichols has seen the all-state squad, “and I thought it was a big joke,” he said. “I never got to vote, or Mike (Fetch) from Vernonia either. Not sure if anyone from our league did. If the Player of the Year of our league two years in a row never got anything, something is wrong.”
Truax did earn all-state honorable mention honors this season, but not last year, when she was the league’s Player of the Year.
Other all-state honors from the Northwest League this year included Julie Clark, Hannah Farmer and Charity Hall of Gaston, Neah-Kah-Nie’s Hannah Grider, and Joyce Everett and Jordan Walters from Vernonia, all honorable mention.
But Weaver — the NWL’s Player of the Year — was left off the all-state team.
Fortunately for Weaver, the Knappa pitcher was only a sophomore, and has two more seasons to make all-state.
Also earning first-team all-league for Knappa this year was senior Jaden Miethe.
The Loggers had four more players on the second team.
Player of the Year: Madelynn Weaver, Knappa
Coach of the Year: James Nichols, Knappa
Madelynn Weaver, So., Knappa
Shamilee Chatelain, Fr., Nestucca
Julie Clark, Sr., Gaston
Joyce Everett, Jr., Vernonia
Hannah Farmer, So., Gaston
Hannah Grider, Sr., Neah-Kah-Nie
Charity Hall, Sr., Gaston
Maddie Lambert, Sr., Neah-Kah-Nie
Jaden Miethe, Sr., Knappa
Alleggra Poetter, Sr., Vernonia
Kaitlyn Truax, Sr., Knappa
Jordan Walters, So., Vernonia
Second team (Knappa)
Sophia Carlson, So.
Laicee Hendrickson, Jr.
Aiko Miller, So.
Mikayla Rethati, Sr.