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Six Thomson High softball players honored by Region 3-AAA coaches

It's a feat that's never been accomplished before at Thomson High School. Six players were named to the All-Region 3-AAA Girls' Softball Team with Hannah Wilson being selected All-Region Player of The Year.

"I'm just as proud of all of you as I can be," Thomson Head Coach Jason Osborn told the honored players as they assembled for an interview and photograph at the school softball field on Monday. "It's been a real blessing to have coached a group of players like you. This is the start of good things to come for our softball program. I'm real excited about the future."

Coach Osborn attended a meeting in Dublin last Thursday where he learned of his players' selection to the First All-Region Team, as well as the Second All-Region Team.

"I couldn't believe that the coaches voted for six of our players to be on those teams," Coach Osborn said. "That's a lot of players from one team."

Thomson's 15-year-old sophomore shortstop Hannah Wilson earned the biggest honor being selected All-Region Player of The Year.

Wilson, who was the Lady Bulldogs' starting third baseman last season as a freshman, also was named to the First All-Region Team. Joining her in making that team were teammates, catcher Whitney Hillman; third baseman Hannah Pereda; and center fielder Heather Shivers.

Two of the Thomson players also were named to the Second All-Region Team. They included first baseman Chelsea Reeves and pitcher Maegan Bentley.

All of the players were elated to have been honored by the region coaches who made the selections.

"It feels so good to know that all of the hard work has paid off," Wilson said, noting that she had no idea she had played well enough to even be considered for Player of The Year honors.

"Playing on this team is like having a third family." Wilson said.

Wilson, an A-B student, plans to play Division I college softball after graduation from Thomson High School.

She learned of her honors while participating in Coach Curtis Williams' weightlifting class.

"A lot of friends came up to me and started telling me, congratulations," Wilson recalled. Later that afternoon, her Dad, Wayne Wilson, telephoned her to extend his congratulations, too.

Coach Osborn said he personally telephoned the parents of the honored players, because he wanted to extend his congratulations to them, too.

Whitney Hill, 17, the only senior on the Thomson team, said she feels "great" to have been selected to the First All-Region Team.

"This is something I'll never forget," Hillman said, noting that her Dad, Monte Ashcraft, left her a voicemail telling her that he was proud of her.

Heather Shivers, a junior, who has been the team's starting center fielder the last three years, said the honor means a lot to her.

"I didn't really think of myself as being that good," Shivers said. She said her Dad told her that he was as proud of her as he could be.

Hannah Pereda, who has played three different positions the past three years, was selected for her playing abilities as a third baseman.

"I really didn't think I was the best third baseman in the region," Pereda said. "It's a real nice honor."

At first she admitted that she didn't really know what the honor really meant. After her mother, a teacher at THS, chased her down in the hall way to inform her that she had been selected First All-Region Team and told her what it meant, "I felt a little more special."

The honor also was special for the two players named to the Second All-Region Team - Chelsea Reeves and Maegan Bentley.

Reeves, a junior was the team's starting first baseman and one of two starting pitchers for the Lady Bulldogs.

Reeves, who committed only two errors this past season, said she was pleased that all of her hard work had paid off.

"As a senior next season, I'm going to make First All-Region Team and we're going to win a state championship," Reeves said, adding that her Mom, Tracie, telephoned her to let her know about the honor.

Maegan Bentley, meanwhile, who is just 14 and who just completed her freshman season, worked 136 2/3 innings, Coach Osborn said.

"I plan to make the First All-Region Team next year," Bentley said. "I could do even better; I'm a perfectionist."

Web posted on Thursday, November 13, 2008

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