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AHN’s Rachael Petrarca, Jeff Krone sweep 3A state honors



Academy of the Holy Names’ softball team is starting to gain recognition throughout Florida after winning its first state title in the sport. 

On Monday, the Jaguars swept the Class 3A state softball awards with Rachael Petrarca being named the player of the year and Jeff Krone honored as the coach of the year by the Florida Dairy Farmers. 

Petrarca, who has signed with Providence, led her team to the title by hitting .481 with seven doubles, four triples and four home runs while scoring 32 runs. She also had a .963 fielding percentage and made only three errors. 

Krone guided Academy of the Holy Names to a 19-5 record and the school’s first state softball title. In two seasons, he has posted a 27-7 record. 

The winners in each classification were selected through voting from a statewide panel of softball coaches and media representatives. They are now eligible to be named the overall winner in the state, which will go through another round of voting and likely be announced next week. 


Gulf Coast Eight softball selections announced



Here is the Gulf Coast Eight softball team. The players are from public schools in two counties, Citrus and Hernando. The selections were made by the coaches. 

Player of the year: OF/INF Molly Bender, Jr., Citrus

Coach of the year: Kevin Bittinger, Hernando

First team

P Ava Braswell, Fr., Hernando

C Hannah Taylor, So., Hernando

1B Savannah Ellis, So., Hernando

2B Shyanne Waller, Sr., Citrus

SS Tori Ratigan, Sr., Nature Coast

3B Izzy LaRoche, So., Nature Coast

OF Hannah Lynch, Jr., Hernando

OF Elizabeth Bochert, Sr., Lecanto

OF Lexi Lendo, Sr., Nature Coast

UTIL Raquel Camuglia, Sr., Springstead

UTIL Haleigh Thomas, Sr., Lecanto

Honorable mention

Central: Kelsey Shumate; Citrus: Ashton Lewis, Mattie Linhart; Crystal River: Tiyahanna Hopkins, Katelynn Tillis; Hernando: Solaris Genberg, Olivia Townsend; Lecanto: Emma Christiensen, Kaleigh Nonnenmacher; Nature Coast: Harper Bunn, Dom Sekelsky; Springstead: Alexis Adelman, Liberty Savarese; Weeki Wachee: Taylor Laviano, Madison Moran.

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Softball: Four locals playing in Women’s College World Series



The championship series of the Women’s College World Series features a quartet of local softball players (three from FSU and one from Oklahoma). Here are the four to follow.  


OF Cassidy Davis, Sr.

High School: Newsome

The redshirt senior, who has already won a state high school title and national title, decided to return after her senior season was cut short last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. A utility player who spent time as a pitcher throughout her college career, Davis became an outfielder this year. She had two homers in the Tallahassee Region finale against UCF, and had game-winning sacrifice fly outs against LSU in the Super Regional and Arizona in a College World Series elimination game. 

C Kaia LoPreste, Fr.

High School: Riverview

The redshirt freshman had an immediate impact with the Seminoles, appearing in 20 games during last year’s abbreviated season and hitting .304. This year she has a .227 average and two doubles. 

UTIL Elizabeth Mason, Sr.

High school: Gaither

One of the Seminoles’ most versatile players, Mason can play just about anywhere in the field. She played a critical role in FSU’s run to the national title in 2018. She has been a consistent producer on offense throughout her college career. In the playoffs, Mason has come up big, hitting a game-tying homer against LSU in the Super Regionals and blasting a three-run shot against Alabama in the deciding game to reach the World Series. 


P Shannon Saile, Sr.

High school: Land O’ Lakes

Saile already made headlines by starting in game two of the Sooners’ Super Regional series with Washington that aired on ABC, the first nationally broadcast game in the sport. Saile helped Oklahoma advance and will likely pitch in at least one game in the College World Series. Saile helped Land O’ Lakes reach the state semifinals during her high school career and is trying to cap her college career with a national title.  

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Rosters set for FACA Softball All-Star Classic



The rosters for this year’s Florida Athletic Coaches Association Softball All-Star Classic, held Saturday at Bartow High’s Al Holland Complex/Rock Wren Field, have been released. Six area players were named to one of the four teams playing in games at 9 a.m., 11 a.m.,, 1 p.m. and 3. Tickets are $5. Here is the list of locals. 

West all-stars

C Raquel Camuglia, Springstead

SS/INF/P Adrianna Onessimo, St. Petersburg

SS/OF Brooke Roberts, East Lake

P/3B/2B Belle Sardja, Academy of the Holy Names

P/OF Ashley Shroll, Steinbrenner

P/1B Olivia Townsend, Hernando

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