CLASS 2A HONORS: Needles sweeps league awards

Needles swept the top awards in Class 2A Southern League softball, as coaches voted sophomore pitcher Abby Chandler the Most Valuable Player and Sandy Chandler the Coach of the Year.

The Mustangs went 22-11 this season, tying Lincoln County for the regular-season league title at 11-1.

State awards in 2A went to Northern Nevada teams, as coaches voted Yerington junior pitcher Katie Nicholas the MVP and White Pine’s Krystal Smith the Coach of the Year.


Class 2A All-State
First Team
K.C. Jensen, Lincoln County; Bailey Moore, White Pine; Dakota Lillard, Needles; Grace Dolan, Incline; Grace Moreira, Pershing County; Sami Scott, White Pine; Kathy Murdock, White Pine; Abby Chandler, Needles; Holly Laswell, Needles; Michelle Wheatley, Lincoln County; Tori Crowell, Yerington; Haley Richardson, Yerington; Alex Roberts, Yerington; Jamie Schmidt, Calvary Chapel; Lexi Alley, Mountain View.
Second Team
Maddie Hull-Taylor, Yerington; Tashina Jim, Yerington; Cassie Beggs, Laughlin; Meghan Mann, Needles; Gena Chavira, Needles; Melanie Florence, Lincoln County; Chanel Adamson, Lincoln County; Shannon Chapman, Silver Stage; Marisa Besson, Whittell; Rachel Laub, Whittell; Maa Kingston, White Pine; Alex Hall, White Pine.
Most Valuable Player – Katie Nicholas, Yerington.
Coach of the Year – Krystal Smith, White Pine.
Class 2A All-Southern League
First Team
Alley, Mountain View; Beggs, Laughlin; Laswell, Needles; Lillard, Needles; Chavira, Needles; Mann, Needles; M. Florence, Lincoln County; Jensen, Lincoln County; Adamson, Lincoln County; Wheatley, Lincoln County; Schmidt, Calvary Chapel.
Second Team
Rebecca Bennett, Mountain View; Michelle Pineda, Laughlin; Breanne Tacy, Needles; Nikki Valenzuela, Needles; Katie Magness, The Meadows; Samantha Mann, Calvary Chapel; Chelsea England, Calvary Chapel; Rene Baker, Lake Mead; Lynzee Freund, Lake Mead; Taylor Reifsnyder, Lincoln County; Jessie Shoup, Lincoln County.
Most Valuable Player – Abby Chandler, Needles.
Coach of the Year – Sandy Chandler, Needles.