North Tama’s Howard repeats on all-Iowa Star

The North Tama softball team tied for the league lead with three representatives on the all-Iowa Star Conference first team, including the second-straight such honor for Redhawk senior Madison Howard.

Howard, chosen as an all-conference pitcher, was joined by teammates Kodi Hillman, a senior outfielder, and sophomore infielder Tessa Dvorak in receiving first-team honors. Colo-NESCO eighth-grader Lauryn Hill was a first-team outfielder as well.

Howard led North Tama with a .443 batting average and 26 RBIs during conference play and accounted for seven of the team’s 11 wins in Iowa Star action. In league play, Howard finished fifth with 27 hits, second with 26 RBIs and third with 13 stolen bases. From the circle, Howard was third in wins (7), fourth in innings pitched (78 2/3), third in earned run average (2.22) and second in strikeouts (95).

She was a first-team all-conference selection as a utility player last summer.

Dvorak finished second in the league with 21 stolen bases, while Colo-NESCO’s Hill tied for third with 13. Hillman had a .961 fielding percentage from her outfield post and also hit .339 in league action. Dvorak batted .358, while Hill batted .328 in Iowa Star competition for the Royals.

GMG freshman Kelsey Vaverka earned her second consecutive second-team all-conference honor. She was her team’s statistical leader in most categories during conference play, batting .321 with two doubles and eight RBIs. She also accrued seven of the team’s 10 pitching wins in Iowa Star play, posting a 2.94 ERA with 85 strikeouts in 88 innings.

North Tama sophomore catcher Olivia Schrier and Colo-NESCO eighth-grade infielder Rylee Purvis earned their first all-conference accolades with second-team selection. The area’s honorable mention picks were North Tama junior Jaide Johnson, GMG junior Kaitlyn Gill and Colo-NESCO sophomore Chelsea Henze.