Among the highlights from this past softball season was a Waterloo Columbus program that broke through to become the second metro team to ever qualify for a state tournament.
A strong class of five sophomores is among a collection of six Sailors named to the 14-player 2017 All-Metro team as voted on by the coaches of Cedar Falls, Columbus, East and West.
Shortstop and leadoff hitter Taylor Hogan, along with catcher Sydney Schultz, are three-time selections to the annual honor team. Hogan led Columbus team with a .479 batting average, 39 stolen bases and 55 runs scored. Sydney Schultz paced the Sailors with six home runs and 53 RBIs.
Pitcher Kayla Sproul returned to the All-Metro team after finishing her sophomore season with a 28-7 record and a 1.74 ERA. Columbus sophomore first baseman Kate Shannon was a repeat selection, as well, while sophomore outfielder Maliyah Little earned her first All-Metro award. Eighth-grade second baseman Alivia Schultz rounds out the Sailors on this year’s team.
Waterloo East’s Bri Netty was a versatile defender who played everywhere from third base to catcher to center field while leading her team in batting average and runs scored. She earned her third All-Metro honor. Trojans freshman first baseman Josie Stocks led the squad in home runs and RBIs and returned to the All-Metro team, while sophomore second baseman Brooke Meighan and freshman designated player and pitcher Kenidi Adams earned their first selection.
Waterloo West’s Sydney McFarland is the lone senior on this year’s honor team. She is joined by freshman shortstop Lauren Conrey as a first-time All-Metro softball selection.
Cara Forsblom, a sophomore shortstop, led Cedar Falls in hits and RBIs as she returned to the team alongside first-time selection Lily Becker, a sophomore outfielder who paced the Tigers in home runs and stolen bases.