Coaches picks: Ishpeming’s Payton Manninen, 5 players from Negaunee, 2 players from Westwood earn state, district softball honors from coaches organization

Negaunee Theresa Anderson, No. 10 and the third player from right, gets mobbed by teammates delivering the game-winning sacrifice fly in a high school softball game played against Escanaba on May 15 at LaCombe Field in Negaunee. (Escanaba Daily Press photo by Mitch Vosburg)

NEGAUNEE — Seven area players have been named to the MHSAA Division 3 All-District Team for District 65 by the Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association.

In addition, an Ishpeming softball player was placed by that coach’s group on the Division 4 All-State Team.

That was senior Payton Manninen, who was also named the West PAC Player of the Year.

The 14-player All-District Team in Division 3 has five players from West PAC champion Negaunee and two from Westwood. The balance of players are from Houghton and Calumet.

For the Miners, a pair of sophomores made the district team — outfielder Delaney Gladwell and first baseman Rebecca Lammi — along with two more juniors, catcher Kallen Schultz and at-large player Theresa Anderson.

Ishpeming's Payton Manninen winds up to pitch during an MHSAA Division 4 regional tournament semifinal game played against Hancock at Norway last Saturday. (Photo courtesy Cara Kamps)

Negaunee’s fifth honoree was a senior — pitcher Grace Nardi, who was also the West PAC Pitcher of the Year.

From Westwood, senior Megan Marta made it as an at-large player, while junior Izzie Marta earned her spot at second base.

Here are the other members of the all-district team, listed by school with year and position:

Houghton — Mackenzie Collard, sr. outfielder; Brynn Arko, sr. outfielder; Clea Ollanketo, sr. shortstop; Jacey Sleeman, soph. third baseman; Estella Soumis, jr. pitcher

Calumet — Lena Myhren, jr. utility player; Isabella Coppo, jr. designated player

Ishpeming's Payton Manninen pitches during the first game of a high school softball doubleheader played against Houghton in Ishpeming on May 28. (Photo courtesy Cara Kamps)

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.

Negaunee’s Kallen Schultz awaits a pitch during a game played at the MHSAA Division 3 softball district tournament held at Legion Field in Calumet on June 2. (Houghton Daily Mining Gazette photo by Daver Karnosky)


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