Links to the rest of the Citizen-Times All-WNC teams for spring sports can be found here.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Kruk and the Sugar Jets (28-0) set a school record for wins along the way to winning the program’s first state championship in 19 years and the first for any Buncombe County school in the NCHSAA since 2000. The NCHSAA 3-A champions finished with national rankings from USA TODAY/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (No. 11) and MaxPreps (No. 22) and outscored opponents, 287-72. The Sugar Jets’ only two seniors, Jasmine Palmer and Jordan Harris, were named co-Mountain Athletic Conference players of the year. Junior Courtney Pearson was the MAC pitcher of the year. Other All-MAC players for Enka were Kloyee Anderson, Payton Trantham, Katie Grace Olinger, Brittany Fletcher, Danielle Harris and Addison Harris.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Harris was named the co-Mountain Athletic Conference player of the year after setting a Western North Carolina record for single-season RBIs (53). She batted .494 with a team-high eight home runs, 14 walks, nine doubles and three triples. Harris was named the most valuable player of the NCHSAA 3-A championship series — she had six RBIs, five hits (including a home run) over the course of a sweep of Northern Guilford. Harris only struck out four times and had a .983 fielding percentage. She has signed with Appalachian State.
Katie Grace Olinger
Olinger (14-0 with a save) earned All-Mountain Athletic Conference honors after maintaining a 1.92 earned-run average with 88 strikeouts in 76 2-3 innings. She also batted .382 with eight RBIs, home run and a double. Olinger has committed to North Carolina.
Pearson (14-0 with four saves) was named the N.C. Softball Coaches Association 3-A West co-pitcher of the year and the Mountain Athletic Conference pitcher of the year for a second time after maintaining a 1.57 earned-run average with 101 strikeouts in 98 1-3 innings. Pearson has committed to Queens.
Shope (25-5) was named the Smoky Mountain Conference pitcher of the year and the N.C. Softball Coaches Association 1-A West pitcher of the year after maintaining a 1.22 earned-run average with 146 strikeouts. She also batted .436 with a team-high 10 home runs and slugging percentage of .936. Shope has committed to Kennesaw State (Ga.).
Anderson earned All-Mountain Athletic Conference honors after batting .481 with 22 stolen bases, 17 RBIs, five walks and four doubles. She only struck out one time and had a fielding percentage of .948. Anderson has committed to Alabama.
Helton was named the Smoky Mountain Conference player of the year and N.C. Softball Coaches Association 1-A West player of the year after leading the Eagles in hits (49) and runs scored (48). She batted .505 with 29 RBIs, 20 stolen bases and nine home runs out of the leadoff spot. Helton has signed with North Georgia (Ga.).
Palmer was named the co-Mountain Athletic Conference player of the year after batting .590 with 27 RBIs, six doubles, six home runs and three triples. She was walked 10 times and only struck out three times. Palmer had a fielding percentage of .985. She has signed with Florida State.
Petree was named the co-Western North Carolina Athletic Conference player of the year and N.C. Softball Coaches Association 3-A district player of the year after batting .518 with 22 RBIs, 20 stolen bases, 12 doubles, four home runs and two doubles. Petree has signed with Presbyterian and will graduate with eight career school records — batting average (.459), at bats (331), total bases (224), assists (199), hits (152), runs scored (139), stolen bases (42) and triples (11). Petree has signed with Presbyterian.
Cousineau was named the N.C. Softball Coaches Association 2-A district player of the year and earned All-Western North Carolina Athletic Conference honors after batting .462 with 21 RBIs, 12 doubles and six home runs. She has signed with Mississippi State.
Koontz earned All-Western North Carolina Athletic Conference honors after batting .487 with 23 RBIs, nine doubles and five home runs. She played outfield, shortstop and had 11 pitching wins with a 1.90 earned-run average and 147 strikeouts.
Loven was named the Western Highlands Conference player of the year after batting .587 with 45 RBIs and nine home runs. She has signed to play college basketball for South Carolina Aiken and was also an All-WNC selection in that sport.
Sluder earned All-Mountain Athletic Conference honors after batting .384 with 24 RBIs, five home runs and four doubles. She has signed with Montreat.
Bryson was named the co-Western North Carolina Athletic Conference player of the year after batting .538 with 28 RBIs, 15 doubles, nine home runs and four triples. She was 16-6 as a pitcher with a 1.78 earned-run average and 180 strikeouts in 134 innings.
Casey Gilbert, Brevard junior
Josie Harris, Reynolds junior
Ashley Scruggs, Polk County sophomore
Kameron Forrister, Hiwassee Dam junior
Addison Harris, Enka junior
Mikki Shelton, McDowell junior
Shelby Tomassi, Pisgah senior
Natalie Case, Erwin senior
Hannah Anders, Madison senior
Danielle Harris, Enka sophomore
Kassi Butcher, Roberson senior
Callie Kuykendall, Pisgah senior
Michaela Morris, West Henderson junior
Asheville: Amelia Gabriel and Caroline Penland.
Brevard: Mackensie McNiel.
Cherokee: Dre Crowe.
Enka: Brittany Fletcher and Payton Trantham.
Erwin: Dalton Gossett, Kayla McCarson, Cierra Roberts and Sydney McAbee.
Franklin: Caitlyn Goembel, Ashlynn Buchanan and Kaylee Corbin.
Hiwassee Dam: Maci Sena.
Madison: Lexi Ammons and Samantha Gosnell.
McDowell: Maddison Waycaster, Karly McRary and Aly Woody.
Mitchell: Breanna Jackson, Shelby Twiddy and Kennedy Atwood.
North Henderson: Ellie Caldwell, Cheyenne Mathews, Alex Oates and Teegan Bullock.
Owen: Jaiden Tweed, Ashley Valencia, Anissa Avila, Caitlyn Ledford, Natalie Stewart and Alivia Brigman.
Pisgah: Morgan Henson and Lindsay Holland.
Polk County: Ashley Kropp, Maranda Gosnell, Autumn Owen, Haley Fowler and Hayley Kropp.
Reynolds: Kenzie Duncan and Averi Arrowood.
Robbinsville: Lauren McGuire.
Roberson: Samantha Schmidt, Bria Crompton, Dariann McCurry, Nicole Quesinberry and Syara Ownbey.
Smoky Mountain: Micayla McCoy, Rachel Matthews, Claudia Crowe, Katie Fortner and Gracie Frady.
Swain County: Sydney Call.
Tuscola: Allison Plafcan.
ABOUT THE ALL-WNC TEAMS
The Citizen-Times All-WNC teams are compiled by staff writer Andrew Pearson after nominations are requested from area coaches.