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McLean, Vaughn are all-Iowa Star South

A pair of local junior outfielders got the promotion to first-team all-conference for the first time in their prep softball careers.

North Tama’s Rylee McLean and GMG’s Emily Vaughn both were named to the all-Iowa Star Conference South Division first team as appointed by the league’s coaches.

McLean led North Tama offensively with a .368 batting average and a .478 on-base percentage. Though the Redhawks only played eight games before their season was wiped out by a positive COVID-19 test result, McLean led the team with one home run, six RBIs and seven runs scored while sharing team-high honors with three doubles.

McLean had twice been a second-team all-conference selection until this year’s move up the ladder.

Vaughn was GMG’s top offensive player as well, leading the Wolverines with a .393 batting average and 11 runs scored. She also had two doubles and drove in three runs, while going 5-for-5 on stolen bases.

Last year Vaughn was an honorable mention selection as a sophomore.

North Tama senior Sable Fehr earned honorable mention for the second straight-year after hitting .300 with a three doubles, a home run and seven RBIs.

GMG eighth-grade pitcher Adelyn Sienknecht picked up her first all-conference accolade with an honorable mention selection as well. Sienknecht pitched 55 1/3 of the Wolverines’ 67 1/2 innings this season, recording 21 strikeouts with a 7.97 earned run average.

Collins-Maxwell senior pitcher Mikayla Houge was the South Division’s Player of the Year for the second summer in a row, leading the Spartans back to the Class 1A state title game. Baxter’s Crystal Bruntz was named the league’s Coach of the Year.

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