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2012 All-State Softball Teams and MVPs

2012 All-State Softball Teams and MVPs

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C4 > ALL-STATE SO
F
TBALL
» MONDAY, JUNE 1 1, 2012 THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE
CLASS 5A MVP MCKENNA BULL
WEBER ACE GAVE IT
ALL SHE HAD
CLASS 4A MVP JORDYNN BARRERA
ROY SHORTSTOP
SMASHED DRIVES
By KYLE GOON
The Salt Lake Tribune
It started out as a pain thatMcKenna Bull couldn't understand.There were stress fractures — tinycracks in her spine. She was pitchingherself to the point of injury.That was a year ago, though. Afterwearing a back brace for months andenduring extensive physical therapy, Weber's star pitcher was ready togo by February. And once again, theWarriors relied on her heavily, ridingher arm all the way to a Class 5A title this year."It really pushed me it motivated me to make it," Bull says. "My backstill gets tight, but it's nothing like last
year."
Bull was dominant in many of heroutings this year, giving Weber thelongest undefeated streak of the season and a Region 1 title. With her inthe circle, the Warriors had 5A's topdefense.Coach Melinda Wade said afteroffseason conditioning and therapy,there was never any doubt that Bullwould be the arm that the Warriorsneeded. She pitched nearly every inning the team played this season."She takes it more as a challenge,knowing the team is counting on her,"Wade says. "I think it gives her a senseof pride."The BYU-bound junior still has another year left. But at least this summer, she can savor the ring she already has.
By
N
ICHO
L
AS J. PAPPAS
Special to The Tribune
The Roy Softball team wasn't expected to win another championshipafter losing last year's 5A MVP, Ma-cauley Flint.Luckily, the Royals still had thisyear's MVP, Jordynn Barrera.The junior shortstop was Roy'scatalyst all season long. Barrera hitfive home runs and recorded 17 extra-base hits for the season, including two doubles in the championshipgame. Coach Amanda Koford, whowon a state championship when shewas a pitcher for the Royals, put Barrera at the top of the batting order fora reason."As a pitcher, there was nothingworse than having the leadoff get a hitoff you," Koford said. "That's something Jordynn did every single game."When Barrera got her first tasteof state tournament play as a freshman, she knew she wanted more of it.She always felt that great things happen when you put in the time and effort. The Royals were expected towin state last year — they even woreshirts with targets on their backs.This year, Roy was the one shootingthe arrows."Nobody really believed in us," Bar
rera said. "Nobody thought Roy would
be a threat again — that we were done.We weren't done, obviously. We didwhat we had to do to get back to stateand show everyone that we could winone more title."
CLASS 3A MVP JORDAN THEURER
BEARS PITCHER GOT
REDEMPTION
CLASS 2A MVP KALI THOMSON
MANTI SOPHOMOREFILLED BIG SHOES
By B
EN
JAMI
N
RASK
IN
Special to the Tribune
The Bear River Bears' 8-0 shutout of Spanish Fork was more thantheir fifth consecutive 3A championship. It was Jordan Theurer's chanceat redemption.After losing 16-0 to Spanish Forkand getting pulled in the third inning,the hard-throwing junior retook themound against the Dons for the titlegame. The double-elimination tournament offered Theurer a chance toshake off her poor outing and securea victory for her teammates."It was way tough to get pulled forthe first time," Theurer said. "Wewent into that game more focusedand knew immediately that themomentum had changed."The Bears piled on seven runs inthe first inning and never looked back.For Theurer, it wasn't as much abouterasing her first outing against Spanish Fork, but taking care of businessfor her teammates."We wanted to make history,"Theurer said. "I wanted to win thatgame for our seniors."Theurer's efforts throughout theseason have made the difference forthe Bears. Starting every game, Theurer recorded a 20-5 record on themound."She's not just the best fieldingpitcher I have ever coached," Bearscoach Calvin Bingham said. "Shemight be the best hitting pitcher Ihave ever seen."
By
P
ARK
E
R
LEE
Special to the Tribune
As a freshman, Manti's KaliThomson was a virtual unknown.She played a few innings in varsity games, but she spent most of hertime on the junior varsity team.What a difference a year makes."For the first time, I focused completely on Softball in the offseason,"Thomson said. "I knew that if wewon or lost, it would probably be because of me."This season as a sophomore,Thomson was given the task of replacing the Templars' best player from last year, Tauni McFarlane.Thomson did not disappoint. Shepeaked at just the right time, late inthe state tournament. In the statechampionship game, Thomson belted a three-run homer in the sixthinning that would prove to be thegame-winner. She also earned thewin in the pitcher's circle."She had some really big shoes tofill," Manti coach Susan Hatch said."She took advice from the coachesand the seniors, and she had a greatwillingness to learn. Kali got betterwith every single game."Class 2A still has to deal withThomson for two more years, andshe is only going to get better."With the way things went thisseason, it motivates me even more,"Thomson said. "I think this seasonwas the real start to my Softball career."
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ALL-STATE SOFTBALL
MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2012 THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE
CLASS 5A MVP MCKENNA BULL
 WEBERACEGAVEIT ALLSHEHAD
It started out as a pain thatMcKennaBullcouldn’tunderstand.There were stress fractures — tiny
cracksinherspine.Shewaspitchingherselftothepointofinjury.Thatwasayearago,though.Afterwearingabackbraceformonthsand
enduring extensive physical thera-py,Weber’sstarpitcherwasreadytogobyFebruary.Andonceagain,the
 Warriorsreliedonherheavily,riding
her arm all the way to a Class 5A ti-
tlethisyear.
“It really pushed me — it motivat-
edmetomakeit,”Bullsays.“Mybackstillgetstight,butit’snothinglikelast
year.”Bullwasdominantinmanyofher
outings this year, giving Weber thelongestundefeatedstreakofthesea-sonandaRegion1title.Withherinthecircle,theWarriorshad5A’stop
defense.
Coach Melinda Wade said afteroffseasonconditioning andtherapy,therewasneveranydoubtthatBullwouldbethearmthattheWarriorsneeded.Shepitchednearlyeveryin-
ningtheteamplayedthisseason.
“She takes it more as a challenge,
knowingtheteamiscountingonher,” Wadesays.“Ithinkitgivesherasense
ofpride.”
TheBYU-boundjuniorstillhasan-
otheryearleft.Butatleastthissum-mer, she can savor the ring she al-
readyhas.
By KYLE GOON
TheSaltLakeTribune
CLASS 4A MVP JORDYNN BARRERA 
ROYSHORTSTOPSMASHEDDRIVES
The Roy softball team wasn’t ex-
pectedtowinanotherchampionship
after losing last year’s 5A MVP, Ma-
cauleyFlint.
Luckily, the Royals still had this
year’sMVP,JordynnBarrera.
The junior shortstop was Roy’scatalyst all season long. Barrera hitfive home runs and recorded 17 ex-tra-base hits for the season, includ-
ingtwodoublesinthechampionship
game. Coach Amanda Koford, whowonastatechampionshipwhenshewasapitcherfortheRoyals,putBar-
reraatthetopofthebattingorderfor
areason.
“As a pitcher, there was nothing
worsethanhavingtheleadoffgetahit
off you,” Koford said. “That’s some-
thingJordynndideverysinglegame.”
 When Barrera got her first tasteof state tournament play as a fresh-
man,sheknewshewantedmoreofit.
Shealwaysfeltthatgreatthingshap-penwhenyouputinthetimeandef-fort. The Royals were expected towinstatelastyeartheyevenworeshirts with targets on their backs.Thisyear,Roywastheoneshooting
thearrows.
“Nobodyreallybelievedinus,”Bar-rerasaid.“NobodythoughtRoywouldbeathreatagainthatweweredone.
 We weren’t done, obviously. We did
whatwehadtodotogetbacktostateandshoweveryonethatwecouldwin
onemoretitle.”
By NICHOLAS J. PAPPAS
SpecialtoTheTribune
CLASS 3A MVP JORDAN THEURER
BEARSPITCHERGOTREDEMPTION 
The Bear River Bears’ 8-0 shut-outofSpanish Forkwasmorethantheirfifthconsecutive3Achampion-
ship.ItwasJordanTheurer’schance
atredemption.
 Afterlosing16-0toSpanishFork
andgettingpulledinthethirdinning,
thehard-throwingjuniorretookthemoundagainsttheDonsforthetitlegame. The double-elimination tour-namentofferedTheurerachanceto
shakeoffherpooroutingandsecureavictoryforherteammates.
“Itwaswaytoughtogetpulledforthe first time,” Theurer said. “Wewent into that game more focusedand knew immediately that the
momentumhadchanged.”
The Bears piled on seven runs in
thefirstinningandneverlookedback.
ForTheurer,itwasn’tasmuchabout
erasingherfirstoutingagainstSpan-ishFork,buttakingcareofbusiness
forherteammates.
“We wanted to make history,”Theurer said. “I wanted to win that
gameforourseniors.
Theurer’s efforts throughout theseasonhavemadethedifferencefor
theBears.Startingeverygame,Theu-
rer recorded a 20-5 record on the
mound.
“She’s not just the best fieldingpitcher I have ever coached,” Bearscoach Calvin Bingham said. “Shemight be the best hitting pitcher I
haveeverseen.”
By BENJAMIN RASKIN
SpecialtotheTribune
CLASS 2A MVP KALI THOMSO
MANTISOPHOMOREFILLEDBIGSHOES
 As a freshman, Manti’s KaliThomson was a virtual unknown.She played a few innings in varsi-ty games, but she spent most of her
timeonthejuniorvarsityteam. Whatadifferenceayearmakes.
“For the first time, I focused com-pletely on softball in the offseason,”Thomson said. “I knew that if wewonorlost,itwouldprobablybebe-causeofme.”This season as a sophomore,Thomson was given the task of re-placing the Templars’ best play-er from last year, Tauni McFarlane.Thomson did not disappoint. She
peakedatjusttherighttime,latein
the state tournament. In the statechampionship game, Thomson belt-ed a three-run homer in the sixthinning that would prove to be thegame-winner. She also earned the
wininthepitcher’scircle.
“She had some really big shoes tofill,” Manti coach Susan Hatch said.“She took advice from the coachesandtheseniors,andshehadagreatwillingness to learn. Kali got better
witheverysinglegame.”
Class 2A still has to deal withThomson for two more years, and
sheisonlygoingtogetbetter.
“With the way things went thisseason, it motivates me even more,”Thomson said. “I think this seasonwas the real start to my softball ca-
reer.”
By PARKER LEE
SpecialtotheTribune

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