Players from Viola and Salem headlined the 2AA-North All-Conference teams that were selected for softball and baseball last week, with the two schools each landing nine players on the squads, enough to field a team and take to the diamond.
The Viola Lady Longhorns, quarterfinalists in the Class AA State Tournament, saw Lindsey Barker, Kyla Batterton, Jaime Dailey and Leslie Taylor make the All-Conference team. In addition, Barker also earned a selection to the All-State team, and was invited to play in the All-Star game at Lady 'Back Yard in Fayetteville this summer.
On the baseball diamond, the Longhorns netted five All-Conference players -- Cody Hutson, Kevin Painter, Dalton Haley, Ryan Walker and Chance Roper. Hutson was also named All-State.
For Salem, Chelsea Taylor, Carrie Johnson, Tabitha Hall, Lairen Hall and Andrea Romine grabbed All-Conference honors for helping the Lady Greyhounds to a berth in the state softball tournament. Romine will be joining Lindsey Barker from Viola as a member of the East All-Stars, while Taylor, who netted an All-State selection, will be headed to Fayetteville as manager of the East squad. Lady Hound Head Coach Eric Chambers is slated to be a part of the East coaching staff for the All-Star affair.
The Greyhounds also had multiple players make the All-Conference team, including Kyle Estes, David Kingston, Chad Willett and Mike Innis. Estes was tabbed as an All-State selection from Salem.
The Izard County Consolidated Lady Cougars saw Trace Grinnell and Chelsie Yancey earn All-Conference selections. Yancey also took a spot on the All-State squad, while Jesse Dockins and Justin Burns' play for the baseball Cougars saw them land a spot on the All-2AA-North team. Dockins also grabbed a selection to the All-State team.
Kevin Blankenship from Melbourne and Calico Rock's Tony Vrendenburg made the All-Conference team for their play on the baseball diamond this year.
Melbourne Lady Bearkatz Olivia Morris and Larissa Christensen earned All-Conference honors in softball, as did Calico Rock's Jessica Sanders.