Astoria will likely be the team to beat in Cowapa League softball next season, as the Lady Fishermen landed seven players on this year’s all-league squad, five of whom will return next year.

This season’s Cowapa all-League team included a Player of the Year (senior Hannah McCourt of Banks), a Pitcher of the Year (Astoria junior Julia Norris) and a Designated Player of the Year (Tillamook’s Miya Stahle). Rosi Contri of Banks was the only Coach of the Year.

In addition to Norris, the Lady Fishermen had four other first team selections: junior catcher Kayla Helligso, senior infielder Lexxis Lyngstad, junior infielder Hailey O’Brien and sophomore outfielder Halle Helmersen.

Senior Jenna Barendse and freshman Tenley Matteucci were named honorable mention.

Defending league champion Banks will lose four first-team players to graduation, including McCourt and pitcher Kaylin Hernandez.

Seaside came up short of the playoffs, but the Gulls had more than half their starters on the all-league team.

Seniors Alyssa Goin and Brianna Hill were both selected to the first team, as was freshman catcher Erin Owsley.

Junior Emma Brown and sophomore Kandice Flaigg were both honorable mention.

Cowapa all-league softball team

Player of the Year: Hannah McCourt, Banks

Pitcher of the Year: Julia Norris, Astoria

Designated Player of the Year: Miya Stahle, Tillamook

Coach of the Year: Rosi Contri, Banks P: Julia Norris, Jr., Astoria P: Kaylin Hernandez, Sr., Banks P: Torrin Richardson, Fr., Tillamook C: Kayla Helligso, Jr., Astoria C/3B: Hannah McCourt, Sr., Banks C: Erin Owsley, Fr., Seaside 1B/SS: Natilee Dentel, Jr., Tillamook 1B: Madison Graham, Sr., Banks 2B: Lexxis Lyngstad, Sr., Astoria 2B/OF: Maddison Reeves, Sr., Tillamook 3B: Brianna Hill, Sr., Seaside 3B: Hailey O’Brien, Jr., Astoria 3B: Allison VanLoo, Sr., Banks SS/C: Nessa Hurliman, So., Tillamook OF/C: Abby Campbell, Jr., Banks OF: Alyssa Goin, Sr., Seaside OF: Halle Helmersen, So., Astoria OF/P: Halle Vandomelen, Jr., Banks

Honorable mention Jenna Barendse, Sr., Astoria Emma Brown, Jr., Seaside Kandice Flaigg, So., Seaside Noel Herb, Jr., Banks Makinley Johnson, Sr., Tillamook Laci Lourenzo, Sr., Tillamook Tenley Matteucci, Fr., Astoria Haelee Saunders, Sr., Banks

Gary Henley is a sports reporter for The Astorian. Contact him at 503-861-8493 or

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