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SMHS graduate Castilla receives All-State honors

San Marcos Softball
Monday, July 16, 2018

The Texas Sports Writers Association announced the 6A All-State softball honors on Sunday.

Recent San Marcos graduate Melanie Castilla was announced as an honorable mention.

The future Mountaineer was also honored by District 14-6A in her final season as the District MVP for her performance at the plate and at third base for the Rattlers. She was one of the top producers for San Marcos while hitting .377 with 29 hits, 24 runs, 12 runs batted in and five doubles.

San Marcos concluded the 2017-18 year with an 8-2 district record as the District Champion. Castilla will continue her softball career and studies at Schreiner University. 

Below is the complete list of the honorees for the performance this season:


Player of the Year: Georgia Clark, Stratford

Coach of the Year: Ashley Boyd, Humble Atascocita


Pitcher: Brooke Vestel, New Braunfels Canyon; Rachel Hertenberger, Alvin; Saleen Donohoe, Duncanville

Catcher: Sophie Wideman, Waco Midway

First base: Courtney Plochek, Deer Park

Second base: Katie Cimusz, Humble Atascocita

Third base: Aliyah Pritchett, New Braunfels Canyon

Shortstop: Georgia Clark, Stratford

Outfield: Idalis Mendez, El Paso Eldorado; Bella Dayton, Wylie; Kaylee Buck, Pearland

Utility: Kailey Brown, San Antonio Johnson


Pitcher: Courtney Day, Pearland Dawson; Jenika Lombrana, Humble Atascocita; Amanda Curran, The Woodlands

Catcher: Audrey Escamilla, Weslaco

First base: Cat Crenek, Cypress Ranch

Second base: Sara Vanderford, Deer Park

Third base: Natalie Rodriguez, Edinburg North

Shortstop: Rylen Wiggins, Wylie

Outfield: Valerie Gonzalez, El Paso Socorro; Baylea Brandon, Leander; Bethany Busch, Baytown Sterling

Utility: Ja’Naiya Thomas, Cy Creek


Pitcher: Naomi Reyes, Edinburg Vela; Kaitlynn De La Fuenta, Harlingen South; Taylor Brandon, Conroe Oak Ridge

Catcher: Alexis Perry, Wylie

First base: Autumn Sydlik, Conroe Oak Ridge

Second base: Sydney Owens, New Braunfels Canyon

Third base: Jessica Day, Lake Travis

Shortstop: Alyssa Popelka, Round Rock Westwood

Outfield: Layla Lynch, Cypress Lakes; Alayis Seneca, The Woodlands; Lauren Bazan, Humble Atascocita

Utility: Amanda Arriaga, Laredo LBJ


Pitcher: Maxine Valdez, Hays; Danielle Serna, Austin High; Madison Cotton, Belton; Emerald Pina, Lake Travis; Nora Rodriguez, Coppell; Emily Kennedy, The Woodnads; Audrey McNeil, Plano; Kennedy Cameron, Longview

Catcher: Morgan Smith, Brazoswood; Carsen Franco, Irving Nimitz; Brooke Diaz, Eagle Pass; Gabby Garcia, Southlake Carroll; Hailey Nillen, Conroe Oak Ridge; Rubi Diaz, Duncanville; Bethany Edwards, Belton; Kerris Cameron, Longview

First base: Makayla Washington, Longview; Caleigh Robinson, Belton; Caitlyn Rangel, Austin High

Second base: Sydney Ingle, Coppell; Abriana Garcia, Cypress Lakes; Kadyn Trochim, Waco Midway; Kayla Falterman, The Woodlands

Third base: Skylar Sirdashney, The Woodlands; Madison Bartlett, Belton; Lindsay Edwards, Plano; Melanie Castilla, San Marcos; Illyana Cisneros, Hays

Shortstop: Kaitlyn Schoonmaker, Lake Travis; Yasmine Avila, Pebble Hills; Janna Roberts, Pearland; Vanessa Garces, Edinburg North; Avery Drake, Belton; Jordan McClain, Longview

Outfield: Kendall Wiles, San Antonio Johnson; Nia Jackson, San Antonio Madison; Maleah Olvera, Deer Park; Rhian Journey, Oak Ridge; Katelyn O’Quinn, Coppell; Daniela Castro, Laredo United; Madision Bailey, Katy Morton Ranch; Lillie Grotenhuis, Humble Atascocita; Emily Knight, Plano; Riley Carter, Southlake Carroll; Destiny Allen, Killeen; Abbey Smith, Austin Bowie; Adele Benny, Lake Travis; Kyndall Murray, Brazoswood; Brooke Goynes, Longview

Utility: Camryn Collier, Waco Midsay; Ashley Crawford, Conroe Oak Ridge; Kalei Christensen, McKinney; Jasie Roberts, Deer Park; Isabelle Gutierrez, Belton; Kirklynd Newsom, Midland Lee; Abby Jordan, Midland Lee

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