PLAS player honoredFrom staff and wire reports

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 3, 2003

The Alabama Sportswriters Association chose to honor Pike Liberal Arts School's Whitney Johnson Tuesday.

The ASWA gave Johnson an honorable mention notice for the AISA All-State Softball team. She was the only player from Pike County to be mentioned on any of the teams.

Johnson led the Lady Patriots to the state championship tournament in Montgomery as a freshman pitcher.

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The Alabama Sports Writers Association's Miss Softball for 2003 is Holly Currie of Pisgah.

Currie had 464 strikeout victims this season and 1,731 during her four-year career while allowing only 10 earned runs this season (0.32 ERA) and 64 in her career (0.47 ERA).

"Not many people can say they went out as decorated as this senior class," said Currie, who won the softball state tournament Class 2A most valuable player award three straight years and earned the same honor leading Pisgah to the basketball title this year. "This was very special. I really don't want it to end."

Currie, who was 33-3 this season and 158-17 for her career, struck out 41 batters in 16 innings during the state tournament. At the plate, she led the Eagles with nine hits and five RBI, including three home runs to give her a record 61. In all, the Auburn signee set 15 pitching and batting records during her career.

"More than anything else," said Pisgah coach Billy Duncan, who was named

Class 2A-1A Coach of the Year, "what Holly brings is a work ethic that has shown everyone else how hard you have to work to get where you want to be."

Joining the hard-throwing, heavy-hitting Currie on the ASWA Super All-State team are six other pitchers, including class champions Tara Donaldson of Class 6A Baker, Lauren Roark of Class 4A Demopolis and Andrea Palmer of Class 1A Waterloo. Grissom's Anna Thompson, Auburn's Melissa Muehlenfeld and Hazel Green's Beth Lawson were the other pitchers selected to the team.

Only shortstops Mary Burford of Saks and Kristina McCain of Gardendale, and catcher Stephanie Pinto of Grissom are non-pitchers.

Currie was named the Class 2A-1A Player of the Year while Donaldson earned the honor in Class 6A. Class 5A's Lawson, Class 4A-3A's Burford and AISA's Brittany Hodge of Edgewood Academy also won the award.

Coach of the Year honors went to Baker's Tony Scarbrough in Class 6A,

Hartselle's Shane Alexander in Class 5A, Demopolis' Wayne Harris in

Class 4A-3A, Pisgah's Duncan in Class 2A-1A and Edgewood's Brian Pittman in AISA.

Super All-State team

P: Holly Currie, Pisgah, Sr.

P: Tara Donaldson, Baker, So.

P: Anna Thompson, Grissom, Fr.

P: Andrea Palmer, Waterloo, Fr.

P: Lauren Roark, Demopolis, Jr.

P: Beth Lawson, Hazel Green, Fr.

P/OF: Melissa Muehlenfeld, Auburn, So.

C: Stephanie Pinto, Grissom, Sr.

SS: Mandy Burford, Saks, Sr.

SS: Kristina McCain, Gardendale, Sr.

OF: Carrie Walker, Baker, Jr.

OF/UTIL: Kristy Roberts, Danville, So.


P: Tara Donaldson, Baker, So.

P: Anna Thompson, Grissom, Fr.

P: Melissa Muehlenfeld, Auburn, So.

P: Linden Jones, Opelika, Sr.

C: Stephanie Pinto, Grissom, Sr.

1B: Allison Moore, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa, So.

2B: Lindsey Bedsole, Baker, Sr.

3B: Whitney Elder, Grissom, Jr.

SS: Nikki Sturdivan, Auburn, Sr.

OF: Carrie Walker, Baker, Jr.

OF: Rachel Pittman, Robert E. Lee, Sr.

OF: Shelley Stanley, Decatur, Sr.

UTIL: Jessica McKleroy, Bob Jones, Sr.

DH: Melissa Taunton, Lee-Montgomery, Sr.

Player of the Year: Tara Donaldson, Baker

Coach of the Year: Tony Scarbrough, Baker

Honorable mentions:

P: Erika Wikholm, Clay-Chalkville, Sr.; Lauren Gloor, Hoover, Sr.; Sage

Woodham, Daphne, So.

C: Charvi Greer, Auburn, Sr.

1B: Brandy Harrell, Sparkman, So.

2B: Suzanne Stanley, Decatur, Fr.

3B: Katie Branch, Lee-Montgomery, Sr.

SS: Darbie Howell, Baker, So.

OF: Katie Cooley, Oak Mountain, Sr.; Lindsay Stanley, Clay-Chalkville,

Sr.; Jordan Gann, Hoover, Jr.


P: Jamie Williams, Albertville, Sr.

P: Beth Lawson, Hazel Green, Fr.

P: Sabrina Roberts, Hartselle, Jr.

P: Tiffany Bishop, St. Paul's, So.

C: Danielle Wallace, Buckhorn, So.

1B: Jessica Lyle, Hartselle, Jr.

2B: Cyrena Duncan, Robertsdale, Sr.

3B: Heather Fox, Benjamin Russell, Sr.

SS: Kristina McCain, Gardendale, Sr.

OF: Samantha Landman, Buckhorn, Sr.

OF: Ashley Elmore, Wetumpka, Jr.

OF: Hayley Kateon, St. Paul's, So.

UTIL: Melissa Stewart, Athens, Sr.

DH: Nicole Whitlock, Mortimer Jordan, Sr.

Player of the Year: Beth Lawson, Hazel Green

Coach of the Year: Shane Alexander, Hartselle

Honorable mention:

P: Kimberly Davidson, Gardendale, Sr.

C: Krystal Johnson, Gardendale, Fr.

1B: Erin Odom, Pleasant Grove, Jr.

2B: Monica Meadows, St. Paul's, 8th

3B: Laura Walls, Buckhorn, So.

SS: Allyson Mincher, Huntsville, Jr.

OF: Lakida Whetstone, Benjamin Russell, Sr.

UTIL: Whitney Barrett, Wetumpka, Jr.

DH: Haydyn Hedgspeth, Gadsden, Sr.


P: Paige Kennedy, Alabama Christian, Jr.

P: Lauren Roark, Demopolis, Jr.

P: Liz Wolf, Saks, Jr.

P: Allison Scogin, West Morgan, So.

C: Allie Barker, Alexandria, So.

1B: Katie Simmons, Demopolis, Jr.

2B: Heather Bryan, Brooks, Sr.

3B: Andrea Smith, Ashville, Jr.

SS: Mandy Burford, Saks, Sr.

OF: Shequita Holt, Ashford, Jr.

OF: Heather Dailey, Alabama Christian, Sr.

OF: Maggie Tatum, Wilson So.

UTIL: Kristy Roberts, Danville, So.

DH: Brooke Powell, Clarke Co., Sr.

Player of the Year: Mandy Burford, Saks

Coach of the Year: Wayne Harris, Demopolis

Honorable Mention

P: Krystle Wilson, Holtville, Jr.; Whitney Banks, Curry, So.; Sam

Hendrix, Madison Academy, Fr.; Amy Brown, Alexandria, Jr.

C: Danielle Miles, Winfield, Sr.; Paige Redden, Trinity, Jr.; Melonee

Tubb, East Limestone, Sr.

1B: Dacy Jones, Clarke Co., Jr.; Tia Williams, Dadeville, Jr.

2B: Anna Tew, Headland, Jr.; Rotesha Anderson, Bibb Co., Jr.

3B: Celia Kelley, Brooks, Jr.

SS: None

OF: Ariel Williams, Tarrant, Sr.; Nichole Baird, Boaz, So.

UTIL: Anne Louise Jones, Trinity, Sr.

DH: None


P: Andrea Palmer, Waterloo, Fr.

P: Annah Cagle, Lynn, Fr.

P: Holly Currie, Pisgah, Sr.

P: Megan Jensen, Houston Academy, Sr.

C: Kimberly Posey, Gordo, So.

1B: Amanda Law, Pisgah, Sr.

2B: Brittney Dowdy, Waterloo, So.

3B: Ashley Carlisle, Ragland, Sr.

SS: Britni Ballard, Pleasant Home, Sr.

OF: Haley Wilkins, Addison, Jr.

OF: Alicia Orrick, Waterloo, Sr.

OF: Katie Hopper, Westbrook Christian, So.

UTIL: Taylor Burt, Sand Rock, Fr.

DH: Tabitha Baxter, Fruitdale, Sr.

Player of the Year: Holly Currie, Pisgah

Coach of the Year: Billy Duncan, Pisgah

Honorable Mention

P: Emily White, Ragland, So.; Amanda Loudermilk, Sylvania, Jr.

C: Amber Pitts, Waterloo, Sr.

1B: Heather McCartney, Pleasant Valley, Jr.

2B: Erica Burnham, Ariton, 8th

3B: Serena Whitaker, Pisgah, So.

SS: None

OF: Brooke Gladden, Sand Rock, Jr.; Tiffany Tate, Pleasant Valley, So.

UTIL: Kendall Strickland, Hale Co., So.

DH: Beth Anne Bailey, Colbert Heights, Sr.


P: Brittany Hodge, Edgewood Academy, Sr.

P: Amanda Leggett, Faith Academy, Jr.

P: Stacie Morris, Macon-East Montgomery Academy, Sr.

P: Ivey Jeffcoat, Ashford Academy, Sr.

C: Shannon Rozof, Kingwood Christian, Sr.

1B: Ashleigh Gresham, Edgewood Academy, Jr.

2B: Candyce Bailey, Faith Academy, Jr.

3B: Heather Freeman, Taylor Road Academy, Jr.

SS: Anna Farley, Tuscaloosa Academy, So.

OF: Nikki Wells, Lowndes Academy, Sr.

OF: Santanna Thornton, Hooper Academy, So.

OF: Casey Chrietzberg, Edgewood Academy, Jr.

UTIL: Nicole Stroud, Taylor Road Academy, Sr.

DH: Rebecca Barrett, Edgewood Academy, Sr.

Player of the Year: Brittany Hodge, Edgewood Academy

Coach of the Year: Brian Pittman, Edgewood Academy

Honorable Mention

P: Jamie Jones, Kingwood Academy, Jr.; Sam Kendrick, Edgewood Academy,

Jr.; Jennifer McDaniel, Shelby Academy, Sr.; Candace Cleavenger,

Jefferson Christian, So.; Mallory Mears, Mobile Christian, Sr.

C: Tracy Barton, Cottage Hill Christian, Sr.

1B: Kayla Cates, Kingwood Christian, Fr.; Stephanie Newman, Bessemer

Academy, Sr.

2B: Mallory Insigna, Lowndes Academy, So.; Chelsey Hall, Cornerstone

Christian, Sr.

3B: Andrea Watson, Macon-East Academy, Jr.; Alyssa Shepherd, Kingwood

Christian, Sr.

SS: Jessica St. Cin, Lowndes Academy, So.; Cara Payne, Faith Academy,


OF: Maddie Callaway, Mobile Christian, Jr.; Whitney Helms, Edgewood

Academy, Jr.

UTIL: Melissa Archibald, Patrician Academy, Sr.; April O' Neal, Taylor

Road Academy, Jr.

DH: Whitney Johnson, Pike Liberal Arts, Sr.; Michele Ingram, Edgewood

Academy, Sr.