YAIAA softball all-stars 2017

The top YAIAA softball players of the 2017 season, as selected by the staff.

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Athlete of the Year

Courtney Coppersmith, Central York, jr. 

After providing top-notch relief pitching last season as a sophomore, Coppersmith established herself as the league’s dominant starter in the 2017. The University of Maryland-Baltimore County commit went 12-0 with 128 strikeouts and a 0.71 ERA in the regular season as Central York cruised to its third straight league title. The junior also batted cleanup for the Panthers and hit .477 with a .527 on-base percentage and a team-high 28 RBIs. 


Briannah Dobson, Central York, sr. 

The senior catcher was the backbone of the Panthers league-champion squad. Opposing teams rarely tried to steal on her because of her strong and accurate arm. She also called pitches, made difficult defensive plays look easy and batted third in the team’s lineup. She finished the regular season hitting .400 with a .438 on-base percentage and 17 RBIs in the regular season.

Erin Cabry, Central York

Another multi-dimensional player, Cabry kick-started Central’s offense from the leadoff spot and played outstanding defense at shortstop. The junior hit .356 with a .447 on-base percentage and led the Panthers in stolen bases and runs.

Paige Weekly, West York, jr 

The Bulldogs first baseman was one of the league’s top power threats, hitting nine home runs and driving in 33 RBIs to go with an incredible .985 slugging percentage in the regular season. She also batted .493 and led a strong offense that powered West York to the District 3 playoffs. 

Bryn Sporer, Spring Grove, so

Sporer was an all-around offensive threat for a Spring Grove team that reached the District 3 Class 5A title game and the PIAA playoffs. The sophomore outfielder led the Rockets in batting average (.388), on-base-percentage (.446), hits (26) and runs (25) in the regular season while also hitting three home runs from the No. 2 spot in the batting order. 

Julia Wivell, Spring Grove, sr. 

Wivell provided the Rockets with a unique combination of pitching, power-hitting and defense. The senior hit .323 with a team-high five home runs and 25 RBIs while posting a 1.66 ERA in 12 pitching appearances in the regular season. When not pitching, she proved to be dependable in the outfield and at second base. 

Jaedyn McKeon, Kennard-Dale, fr. 

In her first season of high school softball, McKeon hit an incredible .569 and played shortstop for a Rams squad that reached the YAIAA title game and won the District 3 Class 4A title. In the district championship game against Eastern York, she hit a triple and scored the winning run in the eighth inning for a 3-2 walk-off victory. 

Crystal Mullins, Kennard-Dale, so.

The Rams leadoff hitter and center fielder batted .483 and posted a .500 on-base-percentage. She also had enough power to hit two home runs and drive in 23 RBIs in 16 games in the regular season. 

Alanna Molz, New Oxford, jr. 

Molz carried the Colonials through a tough Division I schedule to make the District 3 Class 5A playoffs. The East Stroudsburg commit averaged nearly 10 strikeouts per game and shut down some of the league's top offenses. She also batted third in New Oxford's lineup. 

Kelsie Merriman, Dallastown, so. 

Merriman was both a workhorse pitcher and leading hitter for a Dallastown team that reached the District 3 Class 6A playoffs. The sophomore led the team with a .417 batting average and 25 hits and pitched every game for the Wildcats, averaging seven strikeouts per contest. 

Coach of the Year

Gregg Coulton, Kennard-Dale

Coulton led a Rams team with multiple freshmen in the lineup to the District 3 Class 4A title and a state playoff appearance. Kennard-Dale also won a division title, reached the YAIAA title game and finished 19-4 on the season. 

Honorable mention

Central York: Brianna Smith
Dallastown: Lyndee Anders 
Delone Catholic: Katie Ernst 
Dover: Taylor Lamparter
Eastern York: Maelynn Leber, Amber Forry
Fairfield: Courtney Harbaugh, Gena Eiker
  Gettysburg: Briana Crushong Kennard-Dale: Lexi Kopko, Amber Belt 
Littlestown: Amanda Dyson, Chelsey Walls
Northeastern: Haley Updegraff 
Red Lion: Kaitlyn Collins, Megan Teal 
Spring Grove: Bri DiCandeloro, Caraline Cornman, Hailey Kessinger 
Susquehannock: Tyler Williams
West York: Gabrielle Ilyes
York Catholic: Rebecca Baum



GameTimePA presents the YAIAA's top softball players for spring 2017. Sean Heisey, York Daily Record


It's YAIAA All-Star Week at! Each day, look for a new set of all-stars from the York-Adams spring sports season, both online and in the print edition of the York Daily Record and Hanover Evening Sun. Here's the schedule:

Boys' track and field 
Online | In YDR June 25 | In Evening Sun June 25

Girls' track and field 
Online | In YDR June 26 | In Evening Sun June 25

Boys' tennis 
Online | In YDR June 27 | In Evening Sun June 27

Boys' volleyball 
Online | In YDR June 28 | In Evening Sun June 28

Girls' lacrosse 
Online | In YDR June 29 | In Evening Sun June 29

Boys' lacrosse 
Online | In YDR June 30 | In Evening Sun June 29

Online June 30 | In YDR July 1 | In Evening Sun July 2

Online July 1 | In YDR July 2 | In Evening Sun July 2


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