FSHS softball players earn all-state honors; Lee Ice named Coach of the Year
photo by: Carter Gaskins
Five Free State players and head coach Lee Ice received all-state honors after winning a second consecutive state title this past spring.
Ice was named the Class 6A Coach of the Year, guiding Free State’s softball team to a 23-2 record and five shutouts in as many postseason contests. Pitcher Tatum Clopton, infielder Sara Roszak and infielder Georgia Rea were all named to the Class 6A first team.
Clopton, who was also named the Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year, posted a 16-1 record with a 0.59 ERA. Roszak, a shortstop, clubbed .447 with 34 RBIs and five home runs. Rea posted a .500 batting average and played first base.
Infielder Macy Miles and outfielder Jasmine Brixius were recognized with a second-team selection.
All-state softball selections
Class 6A first team
Pitchers — Tatum Clopton, FS; Kasey Hamilton, Washburn Rural; Jayme Dean, Olathe North.
Catchers — Lindy Milkowski, Olathe West; Jessica Garcia, Mill Valley.
Infielders — Madi Young, Derby; Sara Roszak, FS; Georgia Rea, FS; Ashlyn Anderson, GE; Haleigh Harper, MHS.
Outfielders — Lauryn Johnson, Haysville-Campus; Courtney Cline, Derby; Paige Robbins, Blue Valley; Haley Puccio, Mill Valley.
Utility/DP — Olivia Bruno, Washburn Rural
Class 6A second team
Pitchers — Lauren Florez, Mill Valley; Breck Dickey, Blue Valley; Bailey Ballard, Olathe South.
Catchers — Maddie Swanson, Olathe South; Bailie Stanley, Haysville-Campus.
Infielders — Amber Howe, Derby; Abbey Ward, Olathe South; Maya Gallagher, Olathe North, Macy Miles, Free State; Gabby Schultz, GE.
Outfielders — Jasmine Brixius, FS; Morgan Kern, Olathe South; Logan Hayes, Blue Valley; Jaryn Benning, Topeka High.
Utility/DP — Ryan Milkowski, Olathe West.
Coach of the Year for all classes
1-2A — Joe Palacioz, Hutchinson Trinity
3A — Cassie Rheums, Frontenac
4A — Jamie VanDever, Augusta
5A — Tara Griffith, Shawnee Heights
6A — Lee Ice, Lawrence Free State