Boone Sweeps Top 2012 All-Big 8 Softball Awards
by Steve Wilmoth
June 11, 2012
State runner-up Daniel Boone swept the top four 2012 All-Big Softball Awards and took three more spots on the first team as announced by the league on Monday.
Sharing co-Player of the Year honors were Natalie Sheffey and Andrea Rogers. Sheffy was the Eastman Invitational and District 1-AAA Tournament Most Valuable Player and compiled the fourth highest single-season RBI total  and seventh-high single season home run total  in national high school softball history. Sheffey is considering Division 1 interest for her collegiate future.
Rogers wasn’t far behind with 10 home runs and 74 RBI’s include a pair of homers and seven runs driven in a regional semi-final win over Jefferson County. Rogers will play at Walters State next season.
Taking Pitcher of the Year honors was Kellie Waycaster who set a Daniel Boone school record with 37 wins on the season against only four losses. The UVA-Wise signee also slugged four homers and plated 27 runs.
After leading Daniel Boone to 50 wins on one game shy of a state championship, Rick Wagner and his staff were selected as Coaching Staff of the Year.
Also making the first team from the Lady ‘Blazers were ETSU signee Jennine Duncane and Milligan signee Jessie Wheelock. Wheelock locked down the spot at shortstop by hitting .482 with 20 stolen bases and 60 hits. Duncan was tabbed in an outfield slot after hitting .550 with 98 hits and scoring 77 runs. Hannah Montoya was selected to the first-team as a utility player.
League runner-up Science Hill had six first-team selections including two of the three pitchers in Ida Watson and Emma Martindale. Ashley Degroat was a first-team selection at second base as was Lindsey Keys at third. Abbey Younger and Hannah Devotie were selected to the first-team outfield.
2012 All-Big 8 Conference Softball
Co-Players of the Year: Natalie Sheffey, Daniel Boone and Andrea Rogers, Daniel Boone
Pitcher of the Year: Kellie Waycaster, Daniel Boone
Coaching Staff of the Year: Daniel Boone
P – Ida Watson, Science Hill
P – Emma Martindale, Science Hill
P – Makenzie Hutton, Tennessee High
C – Mackie Carr, Tennessee High
1B – Gail Hooks, David Crockett
2B – Ashley DeGroat, Science Hill
SS – Jessie Wheelock, Daniel Boone
3B – Lindsey Keys, Science Hill
OF – Abbey Younger, Science Hill
OF – Hannah Devotie, Science Hill
OF – Jennine Duncan, Daniel Boone
UTIL – Hannah Montoya, Daniel Boone
P – Madison Grindstaff, David Crockett
P – Samantha Lilley, Dobyns-Bennett
C – Kayla Sanders, Daniel Boone
1B – Kayla Smith, Daniel Boone
2B – Tori Payne, Tennessee High
SS – Ashley Lindholm, Volunteer
3B – Emily Anderson, Dobyns-Bennett
OF – Vanessa Elliott, Science Hill
OF – Danielle Saltz, Volunteer
OF – Keely Easterling, Tennessee High
UTIL – Cydnee Morrisette, Dobynd-Bennett
Daniel Boone – Jenna Carmody, Allison Sheffey
David Crockett – Kelli Ann Colon, Jessica Leach, Jackie Loyd
Dobyns-Bennett – Makaylah Darnell, Graeson McCaslin
Science Hill – Megan Devotie
Sullivan South – Erica Martin
Tennessee High – Kaitlin Bledsoe, Brittany Chafin, Jadin Foster, Jessi Spangler, Hailey Ferguson
Volunteer – Kenzie Dixon, Kellie Kirk, Lauren Smith