OTTUMWA — Individual awards for the 2014 season were announced this week by Indian Hills softball coaches Jim Overturf and Laura North. The awards are voted on by team members.
These awards are in addition to the All-Region choices which were released at last weekend’s Region XI tournament.
The IHCC Team Awards for 2014 include:
Most Valuable Player — Kendle Schieber
President’s Award (for leadership) — Laci Moore
Warrior Award (for hustle, attitude and commitment) — Kendle Schieber
Outstanding Offensive Player — Lindsay Moore
Outstanding Defensive Player — Chelsea Griffiths
Most Improved Player — Nikki Boomgarden
Newcomer of the Year — Lindsay Moore
The Warriors finished the year with a 23-25 record, with 14 of the losses by two runs or less. It was the inability to win a larger percentage of those close games that was frustrating for head coach Jim Overturf.
Overturf, however, didn’t let the close losses diminish the fact that this year’s Warrior softball team was a team he liked coaching.
“I really enjoyed working with this group of young ladies,” Overturf said. “They came to the Net Center (the indoor practice facility) and the diamond ready to go to work every day. They always played hard and put themselves in a position to win the game. I know they were frustrated, and coach North and I were too, with all the close games that got away from us, but it certainly wasn’t for lack of effort. I was very proud of them all year.”
The Warriors lose two of their five all-region choices in Schieber and Paige Schreiner. All-region picks Lindsay Moore, Emma Rickels and Griffiths will return to lead next year’s squad. Nine high school players have already signed letters-of-intent to attend IHCC and play Warrior softball next season.