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Tampa Bay Times’ all-North Suncoast softball

A pair of state final four aces, Lexi Kilfoyl and Ali Shenefield, head up our list for Hernando and Pasco counties.
Academy at the Lakes senior Lexi Kilfoyl set the tone in the first at-bat of the Class 2A state final, launching this softball more than 250 feet over the leftfield fence. (SCOTT PURKS | Special to the Times)
Published Jun. 12

Our staff picks for the top players in Pasco and Hernando counties for the 2019 season. Coming Thursday: Our all-Hillsborough County team.

Player of the Year

Lexi Kilfoyl, Sr., Academy at the Lakes

Pitcher of the Year

Ali Shenefield, Sr., Hernando

Coach of the Year

Diane Stephenson, Academy at the Lakes

MORE SOFTBALL: Academy at the Lakes dominates en route to title repeat

First team

P Callie Turner, Sr., Land O’Lakes

P Melanie Rogers, Sr., River Ridge

P Jordan Almasy, Jr., Wesley Chapel

P Mariah Galhouse, Sr., Springstead

C Neely Peterson, Sr., Cypress Creek

IF Jenna Lord, So., Sunlake

IF Madyson Lamp, Sr., Hernando

IF Alex Hare, Sr., Mitchell

IF Hailey Smith, Sr., Hudson

OF Jessica Bryson, Sr., River Ridge

OF Kendra Falby, So., Sunlake

OF Paige Maseda, Sr., Sunlake

UTIL Shelby Westbrook, Sr., Land O’Lakes

DH Hannah Church, Fr., Academy at the Lakes

MORE SOFTBALL: Academy at the Lakes’ Lexi Kilfoyl named Gatorade state player of the year

Second team

P Alyssa Cordoba, Jr., Sunlake

P Mikayla Hoschak, So., Sunlake

P Ashley Altman, Fr., Mitchell

P Sierra Stephens, Fr., Anclote

C Taliyah Dowdell, Jr., Hernando

IF Marina Rao, Jr., Mitchell

IF Alexis Duff, Sr., Sunlake

IF Jasmine Jackson, Sr., Cypress Creek

IF Miranda Perez, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch

OF Emma Coon, So., Cypress Creek

OF Kaylee Barber, Jr., Mitchell

OF Jessica Mott, Jr., Academy at the Lakes

UTIL Devyne Davis, So., Academy at the Lakes

DH April Lorton, Sr., Zephyrhills

MORE SOFTBALL: Hernando’s Ali Shenefield takes a cerebral approach to pitching

Honorable mention

Academy at the Lakes: Vanessa Alexander, Brooke Blankenship, Caitlin Blankenship, Mia Fields; Anclote: Elle Borges, Ashley Morrell; Bishop McLaughlin: Sarah Perciavalle, Antonina Vaughn; Central: Hannah Morris, Kenna McQuown; Cypress Creek: Ashley Nickisher, Miranda Schwartz; Fivay: Jasmin Blossfield, Ariel Simonsen; Gulf: Trinity Sherman; Hernando: Solaris Genberg; Hernando Christian: Leah Grant; Hudson: Giulia Desiderlo, Faith Hicks, Sydney Klenert; Land O’Lakes: Jolene Bodner, Haylee Fernandez, Nehanda Lewis, Brooke Stanley; Mitchell: Alandra Coure, Vanessa Neptune; Pasco: De’onna Brown, Kelsey Kadlub, Mackenzie Petty; Nature Coast: Alyssa Kelly, Morgan Johnson; River Ridge: Victoria Nearing, Jordan Sheets, Alison Storms, Madison Vozdecky; Springstead: Emily Kolwicz, Jenna Ryan; Weeki Wachee: Madison Moran, Haley Zapata; Wesley Chapel: Logan Coward, Allison Fraley, Ashley Garrison, Madelyn Golka; Wiregrass Ranch: Loryn Finn, Ashtin Jordan.


  1. Tampa Prep's Grace Langston (50), left, works to disrupt a shot attempt by Wesley Chapel's Mia Nicholson (12) during the game on Friday. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  TImes
    The Wildcats lead early, then hang on to improve to 5-0 on the season.
  2. Cambridge Christian coach Bob Dare and wife Beth at the 2015 state championship in Orlando. BOB DARE  |  Special to the Times
    The longtime Lancers coach, who led the program to the state title game in 2015, will no longer be a coach or teacher at the school.
  3. River Ridge senior Brandi Willard is among the area leaders in points per game so far this season. SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times
    Our offensive and defensive leaders for Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties.
  4. Academy of the Holy Names senior Madison Kurtz, right, gets congratulated by sophomore Nicole Sakre after scoring a goal in a 4-0- victory over Steinbrenner early this season. SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times
    The Jaguars, who came up short at state a year ago, expect to remain energized and focused all the way to a title.
  5. Jalen Cooper is among a group of seniors on the Anclote roster who have been playing together since middle school. SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times
    A three-point loss in last season’s playoffs spark the Sharks to strive for more.
  6. Seffner Christian doesn't shy away from tough competition, taking on a team that reached state last season in its season opener. DIRK SHADD  |  Times
    The defending state finalist Crusaders rally from a 20-point deficit only to watch host Lakewood Ranch sink a free throw as time expires.
  7. Kanesha Hall, the first 1,000-point scorer in school history, on the court during Monday's practice at Northeast. DIRK SHADD  |  Times
    The senior recently broke the 1,000-point barrier to become the school’s all-time leading scorer in girls basketball.
  8. Marcellus Crutchfield of Tampa Catholic runs down the court  during the Class 5A state semifinals last season in Lakeland. LUIS SANTANA  |  Times
    With a brutal schedule this season, will Tampa Catholic’s reign at the top last long?
  9. Carrollwood Day, an annual state contender, remains one of the top teams in Tampa Gay. MONICA HERNDON  |  Tampa Bay Times
    Eight teams in our top 10 are undefeated.
  10. Lakewood's Artez Hooker (8) consoles Cornelius Mckenzie (10) after the Spartans fall 9-7 in the Class 4A state semifinals to Miami Booker T. Washington. OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times
    One thing is certain: South Florida remains a hurdle for teams all over the state to clear.