CORPUS CHRISTI - Three-time selection Hannah Halepaska, a senior pitcher from Orange Grove, headlines the 2016 South Texas Pre-Season Small School All-Star Team announced Monday.
All 14 members will be honored with their large school counterparts at the 12th South Texas Winter Baseball Banquet on Thursday, January 14, at the Solomon P. Ortiz Center.
The event is presented by the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and iHeartMedia. Tickets are on sale at the Whataburger Field Box Office. To order by phone, call 361-561-HOOK (4665).
Halepaska, the reigning District 31-4A MVP and third-team 2015 Caller-Times All-South Texas, was District 30-3A MVP as a sophomore. Five others - including four seniors - repeat from last year's honor squad: Santa Gertrudis Academy second baseman Kristen Gonzalez, San Diego shortstop Kayla Oliveira, and Rockport-Fulton pitcher Kaylee Polasek, plus a pair of Odem Lady Owls, third baseman Lycena Recio and pitcher Mia Auster.
Auster's classmate, junior outfielder Breanna Martinez, gives Odem three representatives, matching SGA and Sinton. The Lady Lions also placed sophomore pitcher Saidi Castillo and junior catcher Cassandra Lopez, while the Lady Pirates are represented by senior first baseman Alyssa Rivera and a pair of outfielders, senior Ada Cantu and junior Tiara White.
Two juniors, Orange grove shortstop McKenzie Hahn and Rockport-Fulton designated player Loren Kelly, complete the team.
The all-stars were nominated and selected by area Class 4A, 3A, 2A, and private school coaches.
• Mia Auster, Odem, 1st-Team All-District 29-3A P; Academic All-District
• Breanna Martinez, Odem, 1st-Team All-District 29-3A OF; Academic All-District
• Lycena Recio, Odem, District 29-3A Offensive MVP
• Saidi Castillo, Santa Gertrudis Academy, District 31-3A Newcomer of the Year; Caller-Times 2nd-Team All-South Texas
• Kristen Gonzalez, Santa Gertrudis Academy, 1st-Team All-District 31-3A 2B
• Cassandra Lopez, Santa Gertrudis Academy, District 31-3A Defensive MVP
• Ada Cantu, Sinton, 1st-Team All-District 31-4A
• Alyssa Rivera, Sinton, District 31-4A Offensive MVP; Caller-Times 3rd-Team All-South Texas
• Tiara White, Sinton, 1st-Team All-District 31-4A OF; Academic All-District
• McKenzie Hahn, Orange Grove, HM All-District 31-4A
• Hannah Halepaska, Orange Grove, District 31-4A MVP; Caller-Times 3rd-Team All-South Texas
• Loren Kelly, Rockport-Fulton, 1st-Team All-District 31-4A SS
• Kaylee Polasek, Rockport-Fulton, District 31-4A Defensive MVP
• Kayla Oliveira, San Diego, District 32-2A MVP at Benavides; Caller-Times 2nd-Team All-South Texas; All-state by Texas Girls Coaches Association; 3rd-Team All-State P by Texas Sportswriters Association
Also receiving votes
Aransas Pass: Leanna Galindo, Kayla Gomez, Daizah Pope, Claudia Valdez
Bishop: Ana Castillo, Jasmynn Lerma, Natalie Lopez
Falfurrias : Jenna Perez
Freer: Danielle Adami, Sadie Hinojosa, Renee Rodriguez
George West: Elena Benavidez, Lexi Foil, Taylor Geffert
Hebbronville: Seleste Pena, Abrianna Ramirez, Ali Salinas
Ingleside: Summer Hesseltine, Kennedy Moody, Meagan Smith, Briana Solis
John Paul II: Erica Diaz, Alyssa Garcia, Lexi Jaimes
Odem: Marina Mancias
Orange Grove: Bea Lara
Refugio: Loren Castellano, Taylon Tuttle, Allie Upton, Alyssa Varela
Robstown: Tori Carrion, Serena Garza
Rockport-Fulton: Lexi Gonzalez, Kacey Manlove
San Diego: Marlena Martinez, Cierra Perez, Zalana Perez
Santa Gertrudis Academy: Jackie De Los Santos
Sinton: Brittanie Garza
Skidmore-Tynan: Lindsay Garibay
Taft: Arianna Flores, Jolynn Riojas, Melissa Rocha
Woodsboro: Rachel Blaschke, Kasten Cisneros