Accolades exceed the spring sports schedule

Published 6:55 am Friday, June 24, 2005

By Staff
The springs sports season may have come to an end last weekend with the state finals in baseball, softball and soccer, but the accolades are still rolling in for area players.
We would like to take this time to congratulate all those who received all-conference, all-division, all-region and especially all-state awards.
While too numerous to name, we would like to single out those who earned all-state status in baseball, softball and soccer, whose teams were announced earlier this week.
In baseball, Brandywine's Kory Bridges earned first team honors in Division 3.
Bridges, a senior, set new school records for strikeouts (188) and victories (12). His 188 strike outs established a new area record and is the ninth highest single season total in Michigan High School Athletic Association history.
In softball Brandywine's Ashley Antus, Dee Echevarria, Amanda Grice and Kelli Zache all were first team all-state in Division 3.
Antus, Echevarria and Grice are all seniors, while Zache is just a junior.
In Division 2, Dowagiac's Mandy Parish and Brittney Reist were both first team selections, while Lindsay Tyler was an honorable mention selection.
Parish and Reist are both seniors. Tyler is a junior.
Dowagiac's Hillary Bisnett, a senior, earned Division 3 honorable mention all-state in soccer, while Niles' Amber Peters, also a senior, earned Division 2 honorable mention all-state.
We would also like to congratulate the Edwardsburg girls varsity basketball team for earning academic all-state honors in Class B with a grade point average of 3.709.
The awards for academic all-state in baseball and softball, as well as all-state tennis, have yet to be released.
It is great to see our area athletes excelling both on and off the field.
We know how hard they work and that they deserve these honors.
Our hats go off to these individuals for their achievements during the 2005 season.