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Versatile performer

When the Lake Placid softball team needed a key hit or defensive play, Breauna Corley was one of many Green Dragon players who stepped up.

Corley, who played varsity softball for four years, batted .302 with 19 RBIs and had an on-base percentage of .466, while playing solid defense from her shortstop, catcher and outfield positions.

“Breauna was versatile enough to play several positions,” said Lake Placid softball coach Alesia Cheshire. “She had a big desire to get better, was very coachable and loves the game.”

The multi-talented Corley was also selected as the Highlands Today 2013 All-Highlands Volleyball Player of the Year

Corley, who led Lake Placid to a 14-8 record, has signed a volleyball scholarship with South Florida State College, and is hoping to play softball for the Panthers as well.

“I’m hoping to be able to play both sports at SFSC,” Corley said. “I love both sports and I’m always pushing myself to improve.”

For her accomplishments and ability, Corley has been selected as the Highlands Today 2014 All-Highlands Softball Player of the Year.

“I feel super honored,” said Corley. “To win this award and the volleyball award is very humbling and I’m very honored.”

The Team

Morgan Andrews, senior, Sebring: Andrews batted .389 with 17 RBIs and 14 runs scored while playing outfield for the Blue Streaks.

“Morgan was a good fielder with a strong arm,” said Sebring softball coach Joe Sinness.

Victoria Perry, freshman, Avon Park: The versatile Perry made quite an impact in her first year of varsity action by batting a sizzling .354 while playing a solid shortstop and catcher for the Red Devils.

“Victoria has a cannon for an arm, is quick on the bases and will do anything to help the team,” said Avon Park softball coach Brittany Spencer.

Raveen Gobourne, junior, Lake Placid: Gobourne played third base and batted .292 with 27 runs driven in for the Green Dragons.

“Raveen is very athletic and loves to compete,” said Cheshire. “She plays a lot of sports, is good at all of them and is a special player.”

Kiana Antone, junior, Sebring: Playing at first base and in the outfield, Antone batted .371 with 18 runs scored for the Blue Streaks.

“Kiana was our leadoff batter and did a good job of getting on base,” said Sinness.

Alyssa Rivera, sophomore, Avon Park: Displaying excellent ability at catcher, Rivera batted .367 and knocked in a lot of runs for the Red Devils.

“Alyssa has a lot of power and came through with a lot of run-scoring hits for us,” Spencer said.

Courtney Delaney, junior, Lake Placid: Delaney batted .478 with 22 RBIs for the Green Dragons.

“Courtney can play any position well and was at catcher for us most of the time,” said Cheshire. “She’s been playing ball for a number of years and is dedicated to the sport.”

Emily Gilbert, senior, Sebring: Playing shortstop, Gilbert batted .359 with 23 runs scored for the Blue Streaks.

“Emily was a good hitter and came on strong during the season,” said Sinness.

Harley Shafer, senior, Avon Park: Shafer pitched and played several other positions while batting .334 for the Red Devils.

“Harley was our most versatile player and is tough as nails,” said Spencer.

Anne Weber Callahan, junior, Lake Placid: Weber Callahan batted .464 with 26 RBIs while playing a sparkling second base.

“Anne is very competitive and loves to play the game,” Cheshire said.

Chelsea Bassett, senior, Sebring: Bassett posted a 10-9 record with an ERA of 4.50 and she batted .348 at the plate.

“Chelsea battled every game and gave us a chance to win,” Sinness said.

Holly Krett, junior, Lake Placid: Krett pitched most of the time and batted .300 with 16 runs scored for the Green Dragons.

“Holly loves softball and worked very hard to become a better pitcher,” Cheshire said.

Alison Hoffner, senior, Sebring: Hoffner batted .338, drove in a team-high 19 RBIs for the Blue Streaks and has signed to play softball in college.

“Alison was solid defensively and has a real strong arm,” said Sinness.

Amber Hicks, junior, Sebring: Hicks played catcher, and a pair of infield spots with 21 runs scored for the Blue Streaks.

“Amber had a solid glove at every position she played,” said Sinness.

Honorable Mention

Mattie Coe, junior, Sebring: Coe batted .345 and played shortstop and third base for the Blue Streaks.

“Mattie was solid defensively and had a strong arm,” Sinness said.

Otaysha Smith senior, Avon Park: Smith batted .312 while playing an outstanding center field for the Red Devils.

“Otaysha covered so much ground and made a lot of diving catches,” said Spencer.

Kaeli Spurlock, senior, Lake Placid: Spurlock batted .282, scored 11 runs and did a number of things for the Green Dragons.

“Kaeli played second base and several other positions real well,” Cheshire said. “She worked hard and was a team player.”

Kara Faircloth, junior, Sebring: Faircloth batted .270 with 12 RBIs for the Blue Streaks.

“Kara played well despite battling a number of injuries,” Sinness said.

Coach of the Year

For guiding Lake Placid to a 14-8 record and making it to the district semifinals where the Green Dragons lost in 10 innings, Alesia Cheshire has been selected as the Highlands Today 2014 All-Highlands Softball Coach of the Year.