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Meet the 2024 The Daily Reporter Softball Dream Team

BRANCH COUNTY – The 2024 prep softball season here in Michigan is now firmly in our rearview mirror, and what a season it was.

The Bronson Vikings swept through the Big 8 Conference to capture another conference crown before winning their second straight Division Three district title. The Vikings went on to drop a heartbreaker in the regional semifinals to see their stellar season come to an end. Bronson was led this season by five Big 8 Conference First Team honors, including the conference Most Valuable Player (MVP) in sophomore Ashlynn Harris, and two more honorable mention honors.

The Quincy Orioles finished third in the conference standings and had three Big 8 All Conference First Team honorees and three more named to the honorable mention squad while Union City finished fifth in the conference standings and boasted two All Conference honorable mention players.

The Coldwater Cardinals saw their roster retooled from last season, as the top returners for the Cardinals were a group of sophomores who all saw time at the varsity level last year. There were some growing pains for the young Cardinal team, but the future looks very bright for coach Bill DeBeau and the Coldwater softball program.

Tekonsha had an up-and-down season, finishing 4-14 overall with some big bright spots on the diamond this season.

With all of this in mind, we here at The Daily Reporter are proud to release our Softball Dream Team for the 2024 season. The Dream Team is our attempt to recognize the best of the best in Branch County, those who rise above and beyond and lead with both his efforts on the pitch and his behavior off it.

The following 16 players represent just that, the best that Branch County has to offer on the softball diamond. Now, it goes without saying that picking All Area teams is not an exact science. There are so many great athletes in the county and unfortunately some who might deserve to not make it, and some who you might think don’t. For questions or comments about the team, contact sports editor Troy Tennyson at [email protected].

So when it comes to the Dream Team, each preseason, The Daily Reporter’s sports staff selects its Dream Team members, the area players we believe have shown great ability, leadership and drive. The athletes selected are athletes who finished the season in good standing with their respective teams and demonstrated integrity and hard work throughout the season. Coaches were consulted in selecting these teams, both first team and honorable mention.

This year’s Dream Team is comprised of 16 student-athletes from all five Branch County schools, with an additional handful of honorable mention players.

So, without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, hello to the 2024 The Daily Reporter Softball Dream Team.

The Daily Reporter 2024 Softball Dream Team-

Coldwater Cardinals-Rylie VanAken, Maren DeBeau, Mya Porter, Coley Burkhardt

Bronson Vikings– Ashlynn Harris, Brealyn Lasky, Mya Webb, Lydia Wells, Roni Bir, Ciara Blankenship

Quincy Orioles– Alyssa McCavit, Deziray Skirka, Payton Gross

Union City Chargers- Aislynn Phelps, Emily DeLisle

Tekonsha Indians Reagan Henry

Honorable Mention-

Coldwater Cardinals– Mackenzie Searing, Maddie Moore, TK Boyd

Bronson Vikings Braelynn Gimenez

Quincy Orioles– Kaylee Modert, Josie Mescher, Miley Pointdexter, Makiya Feltner

Union City Chargers- Calli Wilkinson, Gracie Phelps, Lauren Tundevold

Tekonsha Indians– Angel VeenKant, Caterina Bruce

More: Bronson’s Harris voted Big 8 MVP, 15 from Branch County earn All Conference honors

For questions, comments or concerns regarding the 2024 Daily Reporter Baseball Dream Team, contact sports editor Troy Tennyson at ttennyson@thedailyreportercom or you can also email [email protected].

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