Flaws, Hoversten named to all-NCC 1st team

WEBSTER CITY – Six Webster City softball players have been named to the all-North Central Conference teams, it was announced this week.

Following a season that ended with runner-up honors in the league, the Lynx put two members on each of the three teams.

Senior outfielder Allie Flaws was a unanimous selection to the first team and she was joined on the elite unit by senior pitcher Gabbi Hoversten. Freshman catcher Cynthia Whitehill and eighth-grade shortstop Taylor McKinney were awarded second-team accolades. Junior third baseman Courtney Lampman and sophomore designated player Cassidy Nerland were third-team choices.

Other unanimous first-team selections included Iowa Falls-Alden junior infielder Lindsay Aldinger, Hampton-Dumont junior infielder Cassy Miller, Humboldt junior infielder Avery Terwilliger and Humboldt junior outfielder Beth Duffield.

It was a year of the youth movement in the NCC, as 29 of the 34 honored players will return next season.

Flaws, a repeat first-team choice, was the Lynx leading hitter throughout the season, as she used her speed to torment teams once she reached base. She hit .420 against conference opponents and .390 overall. Her 52 stolen bases was a single-season WCHS record and put her at the top of the Class 4A leaderboard.

Flaws, a five-year starter, will head to Grand View University in Des Moines in the fall to run track.

Hoversten, a second-team selection in the circle in 2015, was one of only two pitchers to win double-digit games inside the conference. She put together a 10-4 mark with a 2.59 earned run average and 56 strikeouts against the other seven NCC schools.

Whitehill joined the team just prior to the start of the season after moving to Webster City gave the Lynx a dependable battery mate for Hoversten, as she proved to be one of the top defensive catchers in the area. At the plate, she hit .293 in the NCC with two home runs – both in the regular-season finale, a wild 13-12 victory over Clear Lake – and eight RBI.

McKinney didn’t enter the Lynx starting lineup until mid-season, but she quickly proved to be a standout at the plate and at shortstop. Hitting mostly near the top of the order, she put together a .344 batting average with seven RBI in league play.

Nerland, who now has multiple all-conference softball accolades to her credit, hit in the clean-up spot throughout the season. She hit at a .349 clip in the league and drove in 10 runs.

Lampman, a two-year starter at the hot corner for WCHS, hit .225 with a team-best 13 RBI versus conference foes.

League champion Humboldt collected eight honors – tops among the eight schools. Iowa Falls-Alden followed behind WCHS with five. Hampton-Dumont and Clear Lake both nabbed four, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows earned three, and Algona and St. Edmond both picked up two.