Local Sports

Local athletes selected to All-State

There were a number of familiar names on the Florida All-State baseball and softball teams, as well as the state All-Academic teams for the two sports, which were released Monday by the Florida Athletic Coaches Association. In softball, Lake Placid's Laine Weber-Callahan pulled off a rare double feat, being named to both the All-State team, as well as the All- Academic team. Weber-Callahan hit an impressive .481 on the season and knocked in 15 runs. She was one of just five Class 4A players to earn All-Academic honors. Sebring's Tayla DaSilva - the All-Highlands Softball Player of the Year - earned All-State honors after hitting .357 and scoring 22 runs, while helping the Blue Streaks advance to regional play. Sebring's Wyatt Johnson was the only county baseball player to be named to the state's All-Academic team.
Lake Placid's tandem of Tyler Carr and Rick Miller were both named to the All-State team after helping lead the Green Dragons to the district title. Carr - the Highlands Today Baseball Player of the Year - had an amazing season, going 6-3 with a 1.42 ERA on the mound, as well as hitting .387 on the season. Miller - the All-Highlands Male Athlete of the Year - had a solid season, hitting .296 with 21 RBIs and 21 stolen bases, while playing strong defense for the Green Dragons. Sebring's Cullen Lovett was the lone Blue Streak to earn All-State honors. The Blue Streaks junior hit .342 and knocked in 11 runs. Avon Park's Tori Pringle earned All-State honors, as the Red Devils senior hit .273 and scored 26 runs, while utilizing his speed to patrol left field.