ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Megan Sheaf, Susquehannock: The senior pitcher's high school career ended with some phenomenal numbers. Sheaf leaves Susquehannock as the record holder in softball for career strikeouts (787), career pitching victories (55), single-season victories (19), career earned-run-average (0.51), single-season earned-run average (0.34 twice), career RBIs (66) and career extra-base hits (49).
Sheaf's dominating performances led the Warriors to two Class AAA state championships. In 2008, Sheaf fired home 11 strikeouts and finished with a one-hitter in a 3-1 championship victory over District 4 champion Milton. Sheaf also drove in the first run of the game to get Susquehannock on the board.
In 2007, the Warriors won their first state championship in a tight 3-2 victory against Springfield Delco. Sheaf had 11 strikeouts in this contest as well, including three critical strikeouts in the top of the seventh inning to seal the deal.
Amber Amspacher, Spring Grove: The sophomore catcher finished the season with solid batting numbers for the Rockets. Amspacher had 28 hits, a .371 batting average and a .551 slugging percentage. Amspacher had several extra base hits (seven doubles, two triples and a home run).
Hannah Breneman, Dover: The freshman played great defense, registering a .968 fielding percentage. Breneman was solid at the plate and finished the season with a .338 batting average. Breneman had 19 hits and will be relied upon by the Eagles for the next three seasons.
Laura DeVoe, Kennard-Dale: The senior catcher was Marsteller's battery-mate for all four high school seasons. DeVoe called all the pitches and registered seven put-outs and four pick-offs. Offensively, DeVoe had 27 hits for the year and a .424 batting average. She led the team with 18 RBIs and 19 runs scored.
Sarah Elgin, Spring Grove: The senior pitcher and first baseman hit .408 for the season with 31 hits and 11 extra base hits. Elgin scored 21 times and had 23 RBIs. She compiled a .645 slugging percentage and a .456 on-base percentage. Elgin's finest pitching performance for 2009 was a shutout victory against Eastern York. The senior hurler fired 18 strikeouts in the win against the Golden Knights.
Rhoda Marsteller, Kennard-Dale: Marsteller had a fantastic senior season pitching for the Rams. She had 167 strikeouts for the season and a miniscule ERA of 0.72. Marsteller led Kennard-Dale to a PIAA playoff appearance and was a vital member of a strong Rams squad. The senior hurler committed no errors and had 20 put-outs. Marsteller also carried a .438 batting average and had 14 RBIs and 15 runs scored.
Carley Nickles, Susquehannock: Nickles finished the season with a .377 batting average, scored 13 runs, 17 RBIs and was a perfect 8-for-8 in stolen bases. The sophomore infielder only had three errors in 120 innings of play.
Elle Shimkus, Northeastern: The senior pitcher finished with more than 500 strikeouts for her high school career, including more than 200 in her senior season, and led the Bobcats into the 2009 District 3 playoffs. Shimkus fired home 10 strikeouts in a 6-0 blanking of Northern Lebanon on May 15 to get Northeastern into the District playoffs.
Chelsea Shockey, Susquehannock: The sophomore shortstop had a solid season, batting .302 with a .353 on-base percentage. Shockey hit six doubles, had 10 RBIs and scored 16 runs. She also committed no errors in 133 innings.
Katie Swade, Susquehannock: Swade had an on-base percentage of .479 and was part of a strong Warriors squad that will be bringing back several starters in 2010. Swade scored 19 runs and stole 6-of-7 bases.
Kristen Vonbank, Kennard-Dale: Vonbank played three different positions for the Rams this past season. The sophomore split time between pitching, shortstop and third base. Vonbank had a .352 batting average, 10 RBIs and 16 runs scored.
Cassie Wagman, Spring Grove: The junior infielder led the Rockets in batting average (.439), hits (36), runs scored (23) and home runs (4). Wagman also led Spring Grove in slugging percentage (.804) and on-base percentage (.494). Wagman will be a very important part of the 2010 Rockets.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Dave Pollick, Susquehannock: Pollick has directed the Warriors for six seasons, compiling a won-loss record of 105-27. In that time, the Warriors have won two Class AAA state titles in 2007 and 2008 and finished with 24-2 records each of those seasons. Susquehannock has qualified for the District 3 playoffs each year since the 2005 season.
This past season the Warriors won their first YAIAA championship. Dave Pollick and his Susquehannock softball staff were named the Northeastern Regional High School Coaching Staff of the Year in 2008 by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.