All-BCS softball team announced

BUCHANAN — With the cancellation of spring sports due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and the resulting “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the BCS Athletic Conference has decided to honor its seniors by making all of them first-team all-conference.

According to Bridgman athletic director Ken Schmaltz, the league got together and came up with the idea to honor the student-athletes who had already put in so much work during the offseason.

Buchanan softball coach Rachel Carlson, who has three seniors on this year’s squad, agreed.

“I feel each, and every softball senior is deserving of this recognition as they have faced more than their fair share of adversity this spring with the loss of a season that they had worked and prepared for,” she said. “I am so proud of my three seniors for the maturity and bravery they have shown during these difficult times.”



First-team softball

Berrien Springs

Emily Knight, Kylee Smith, Ramaa Abburi



Malikiyyah Abdullah, Kennedy Byrd, Jada Dixon, Delani Nelson, Alexis Rhodes, Zarah Vandygriff


Abby Hickok was one of three Buchanan players named All-BCS in softball. (Leader file photo)


Madelyn Oman, Maddi Schiffer, Mackenzie Norris



Abby Hickok, Chloe Spitz, Emma Lozmack



Lillyanne Boyer, Jenah Hadley, Kayla Hagenbuch, Cameron Jones-McNally, Grace Miller


Lake Michigan Catholic

Emily Lage, Chloe Simmons, Mariah Sirk, Kathryn Wertheimer, Yneisha Washington


Michigan Lutheran

Katie Rainey, Olivia McLaughlin, Francis Chukwu


New Buffalo

Mary Mayer, Clair Workman, Jackie Hauseman, Taylor Oselka, Sonja Heath


River Valley

Halie York, Allyson Rochefort, Kyleigh LePinske, Emma Springer, Ella Olson




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