Rachel Monroe – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – After a successful season for LRHS Mustangs’ softball, several varsity players were named all-state players over the summer.
Coaches nominate players to be considered for all-state from their teams and then a committee ranks all the nominations and votes.
Being selected all-state is one of the highest honors a player can receive. Athletes are selected for offensive player of the year, pitcher of the year, defensive player of the year, then the top is overall player of the year.
Mustangs named first team all-state include –
- First baseman- Junior Avery Goelz
- Catcher- LRHS graduate and freshman at LSU, Morgan Cummins
- Pitcher- Junior Payton Kinney
- Third baseman- Senior Maddie Koczersut
- Designated Player- Junior Brooklyn Lucero
- Utility- Sophomore Jillian Herbst
- Outfielder- Junior Taylor Woodring.
This is the most Mustangs ever selected first team All- State.
Koczersut said it takes a lot of hard work to be named all-state. “To make All-State has been something that I wanted since my freshman year. It took a lot of work…I’m not going to lie. I slacked off a lot my freshman year and finally got my stuff together the past two years.
”It takes a lot of reps, staying after practice to take extra groundballs, and the right mindset. Something that helps me is what my coach says; I have ‘short term memory.’ it makes me forgot about my mistakes and move on to the next play. I am looking forward to my last year here at the Ranch and for all of us to work together to accomplish our goal that we have not finished in the past years,” she continued.
LRHS head coach TJ Goelz was very happy to see players receive the recognition they deserve at the state level, “The softball talent level is so strong at Lakewood Ranch, it is now nationally known as well. I expect this talented group to have many more record setting achievements in the years ahead.”
Junior Avery Goelz was not only named first team all-state but also offensive player of the year. Avery has now won this award back-to-back both her freshmen and sophomore year and looks forward to this season to continue her success.