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Softball: Player of the Year
Softball: Player of the Year: Jackie Owen of North Fort Myers High School is the 2010 News-Press Softball Player of the Year.
Jackie Owen of North Fort Myers High School is the 2010 News-Press Softball Player of the Year. / Amanda Inscore/news-press.com

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When asked what senior pitcher Jackie Owen meant to his softball team, North Fort Myers High coach Jeff Miner was not shy with his answer.

"She gave us the ability to compete at a high level," Miner said. "In order to compete at a high level, you have to have a pitcher like her. She is like the motor that starts the car. Without a good pitcher, it just wouldn't work."

Owen tossed all but one of North's innings this season and she helped push the Red Knights to a 21-6 record.

She compiled a 0.38 ERA with 281 strikeouts for the District 4A-11 champion Red Knights.

For her efforts, Owen has been named The News-Press All-Area Softball Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.

"We didn't have a No. 2 pitcher this year because of an injury," Miner said. "We knew pitching in every ballgame might take a lot out of her. But she wanted to do it, and she did it."

"It was great being able to wear the Red Knight uniform one last season," Owen said. "There were a lot of good things about our season."

Owen's most impressive pitching performance may have come in her final game. She held Naples, ranked No. 1 in the nation by ESPN Rise at the time, to just four hits and no earned runs but North lost the regional playoff game 2-0.

She said her favorite high school pitching memory was tossing a perfect game and striking out 12 against Riverdale last season.

"I didn't even know what a perfect game was until somebody told me after the game," Owen admitted. "There's a little bit of tension between the teams so that was great to do."

Owen will continue her pitching career next season at Daytona State College. The tentative plan after playing two years at Daytona is to transfer to Central Florida, Owen said.

Owen's friend and teammate Lexi Schlotter will be playing at Seminole Community College next year, Daytona's rival.

"I was actually supposed to go Seminole but I changed my mind and switched to Daytona," Owen said. "It will be fun to play them."

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First Team

Lexi Schlotter

School: North Fort Myers

Year: Senior

Highlights: Schlotter had a .479 on-base percentage and scored 26 runs for North. Nine of her 25 hits were for extra bases.

Allie Mitchell

School: Bishop Verot

Year: Senior

Highlights: Mitchell helped lead the Vikings to the Class 3A state semifinals as she batted .455 with 23 runs scored and 15 RBI. She was also 9-4 with a 1.75 ERA and earned the win in the Region 3A-3 title game on the mound.

Talia Barraco

School: Bishop Verot

Year: Junior

Highlights: Barraco hit .372 with 20 runs scored and 20 RBI for the Vikings. She was 7-3 with a 1.34 ERA on the mound, including a scoreless relief outing in the state semifinals.

Paris Prusak

School: Bishop Verot

Year: Junior

Highlights: Prusak hit .370 and led Verot with 26 runs scored. She tied for the team-high with 30 hits and had 14 RBI, four doubles and four triples.

Ali Hare

School: Baker

Year: Senior

Highlights: Hare and teammate Alexis Ross led Lee County in batting average (.465) and hits (40) this season. Hare also hit four home runs, scored 31 runs and knocked in 21 runs.

Alexis Ross

School: Baker

Year: Sophomore

Highlights: Besides leading Lee County in hits (40) and batting average (.465), Ross scored 30 runs and had 29 RBI. She also tied for the Lee County lead in home runs with five.

Liana Derringer

School: Riverdale

Year: Senior

Highlights: Derringer had 35 hits and hit .365 in the leadoff position for Riverdale. She was also 13-4 with a 0.63 ERA and 128 strikeouts on the mound.

Allora Miller

School: Riverdale

Year: Senior

Highlights: Miller hit .345 with 24 RBI and seven doubles for the Raiders. She also threw 88 innings and compiled a 6-5 record with a 0.80 ERA.

Nicole Roderiques

School: Mariner

Year: Senior

Highlights: Roderiques was 11-3 with a 0.90 ERA and tossed 12 complete games for the Tritons. She also had a team-high 22 hits and a batting average of .393.

Samantha Rapp

School: Mariner

Year: Junior

Highlights: Rapp hit .432 with a .537 on-base percentage for Mariner. She scored 19 runs, had 12 RBI and hit four doubles this season.

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Tara Higgins

School: Cape Coral

Year: Senior

Highlights: Higgins hit .439 with 15 RBI and 10 doubles this season. She was selected to the Florida Athletic Coaches Association West All-Star team and helped push them to victory.

Sydney Sheehan

School: Fort Myers

Year: Senior

Highlights: Sheehan hit .403 with a .512 on-base percentage for Fort Myers this season. She scored 27 runs and stole 14 bases.

Maria Nelson

School: Evangelical Christian

Year: Seventh grade

Highlights: Nelson hit .456 with a .536 on-base percentage for ECS this year. She had 28 RBI, 22 runs scored, stole 14 bases and hit three home runs.

Second team

Maddy Peres, Baker
Katie Clinger, Bishop Verot
Amanda Josie, Estero
Melissa Ward, Estero
Rachel Youngblood, Evangelical Christian
Tori Mason, Fort Myers
Kallyn Subbert, Fort Myers
Karina Quionez, Lehigh
Mackenzie Hunt, Mariner
Jasmine Santiago, North Fort Myers
Katrissa Rowell, North Fort Myers
Ali Herring, Riverdale
Kasee Tucker, Riverdale
Deniece Bent, Southwest Florida Christian

Honorable mention

Baker: Jessica Nuccio, Hannah Kelly
Bishop Verot: Jordan Hendrix, Kourtney Stawicki
Cape Coral: Amanda Kopale
Dunbar: Arielle Benedict, Macey Doerr
Estero: Jenna Czebatul
Evangelical Christian: Kelsey Fox, Kaitlin Angiletta, Allison Yergens
Fort Myers: Taylor Wiles
Gateway Charter: Lexie Bell
LaBelle: Brianna Sanchez, Gennifer Raulerson, Kindall Tindall
Lehigh: Casey Nash | Mariner: Abby Willis
North Fort Myers: Micheala Schlotter, Allie Kennedy
Riverdale: Staci Jones, Ashton Gahles, Bethany Wright
South Fort Myers: Tessa Cody, Brianna Nylander
Southwest Florida Christian: Meridith Doerstling, Meghan Sullivan

Coach of the year

Rick Hendrix
School: Bishop Verot
Highlights: Hendrix, along with assistants Lori Castellano and Vince Barraco, coached the Vikings to a 19-10 record and District 3A-12 and Region 3A-3 championships. The Vikings narrowly missed getting back to the state championship game for the first time since 2004.

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