July 19, 2013

Palandrani, Campbell lead CVAC softball All-Stars


PLATTSBURGH — Eighteen student-athletes from 11 area schools were selected as 2013 Champlain Valley Athletic Conference All-Stars in Division I and Division II softball.

Ticonderoga’s Katie Palandrani was named Player of the Year, while Kourtnie Campbell of Saranac was recognized as the Pitcher of the Year.

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Saranac coach Sam Campbell and Donna Moody of Lake Placid were awarded Co-Coaches of the Year.

Northeastern Clinton was the recipient of the Ray Holmes Sportsmanship Award.

The All-Stars were selected by the CVAC coaches.

Player of the Year

Katie Palandrani, Ticonderoga- A catcher and four-year starter on the varsity team, Palandrani was an excellent all-around athlete, batting .502 for the Sentinels. Her walk-off double to right field in the bottom of the ninth inning helped Ticonderoga claim the Section VII Class C softball title over Lake Placid, 8-7. Palandrani did not allow many pass balls, and she held runners on base with her arm. She was a leader and role model for many of the younger players.

Pitcher of the Year

Kourtnie Campbell, Saranac- Campbell was the engine that drove the Chiefs. In the circle, she was 12-3, losing just one league game. In 100.1 innings of work, she allowed 64 hits and 17 earned runs while striking out 129 batters and compiling a 1.19 ERA. Campbell was also Saranac’s leader at the plate with a .515 batting average and a team-high 34 hits, including six doubles and four triples.

Co-Coaches of the Year

Sam Campbell, Saranac- In his first season as head coach of the Chiefs, Campbell led Saranac to its second consecutive Class B championship. Compiling a 16-5 record, the Chiefs fell to top-ranked Chatham in the NYSPHSAA quarterfinals, 8-3.

Donna Moody, Lake Placid- Moody helped guide the Blue Bombers to a Section VII Class C championship game appearance. Lake Placid finished the spring at 11-6 overall and 9-5 in CVAC play.

Division I

Emily Raville, Beekmantown- A captain and three-year starter, Raville led the Eagles in stolen bases this spring. Batting in the No. 2 spot, she was aggressive at the plate, reaching base early and often. At shortstop, Raville was the focal point Beekmantown’s defense, too.

Stephanie LaValley, Northeastern Clinton- LaValley was a team captain and starting pitcher for the Cougars. She finished the season with a .455 batting average with three home runs. LaValley was nominated as the team’s Most Valuable Player. Over the last two years, she played with the Northern Devils during the off-season. LaValley will be attending and playing softball at SUNY Canton next year.

Brianna Padron, Peru- A senior standout at second base, Padron anchored the Indians’ infield on defense. She was an all-around threat on offense, batting .307 with 23 hits, one home run, 12 RBI and 25 runs scored. Padron accumulated a .413 slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .409 in 17 games. She also stole 13 bases in 14 attempts while being a team leader on and off the field.

Sam Fletcher, Peru- A junior, Fletcher was an exceptional third baseman, having a strong defensive season for the Indians. She committed just two errors in 17 games. Offensively, Fletcher was a power threat with seven extra-base hits, including four home runs. She hit .375 with 27 hits, 24 RBI, a .464 on-base percentage and a slugging percentage of .597, while stealing eight bases.

Karlie Neale, Plattsburgh High- Neale was a rock in the middle of the Hornets’ lineup. She batted .549 with 28 hits, four doubles, four triples and five home runs while driving in 21 runs and scoring on 25 occasions. Neale had an on-base percentage of .652 and a slugging percentage of 1.078.

Ashley Terry, Saranac- Terry was one of the biggest reasons that the Chiefs accomplished what they did this spring. She anchored the outfield defense for Saranac, playing in center field. She possessed an excellent glove and a very strong arm. As the team’s cleanup hitter, Terry hit .423 with 30 hits — both second on the team. On the season, she had six doubles, three triples and a home run while driving in 25 runs. Her .494 on-base percentage and .634 slugging percentage were also a huge help to the Chiefs.

Nicole Viscardo, Saranac Lake- Viscardo was also a member of the varsity softball team for three years. She shared duties on the pitching mound and was also a shortstop. Her batting average was .549 and she totaled 21 RBI. Viscardo also had four doubles and tossed 32 strikeouts. She will be attending Plattsburgh State next fall.

Jordy McDougall, Saranac Lake- A senior for the Red Storm, McDougall was a member of the varsity softball team for three years. She played first base and also helped out at shortstop. Her batting average was .487 this past spring. McDougall also helped the team with 12 RBI. She will be attending the University of New England in the fall.

Division II

Miranda Sheffer, AuSable Valley- A shortstop, Sheffer had an outstanding year at the plate, leading the Patriots in batting average at .611. She hit with power, belting five home runs, three triples and five doubles.

Logan Snow, AuSable Valley- Snow had a great year defensively and at the plate. She batted .420 with five doubles and two triples. At first base, Snow led the Patriots defensively by not committing any errors throughout the course of the season.

Kelsey Taylor, Lake Placid- Taylor was a senior catcher who also played varsity soccer and basketball. She will be attending Johnson State College in the fall.

Serina Hayes, Lake Placid- A senior pitcher, Hayes also played varsity volleyball. She will be attending North Country Community College.

Lauren Brace, Moriah- Brace was a junior catcher and a team captain. She accumulated a .615 batting average, including four home runs. Brace had 31 hits and an on-base percentage of .740 this spring. Each was a team-high.

Taylor Durnin, Northern Adirondack- The sophomore played catcher for the first time in her career this season and was excellent defensively and will only get better. She was also the team’s leadoff hitter and one of the top hitters on the team. She had a .385 batting average, .476 on-base percentage and 20 hits. Maybe her most impressive batting stat was striking out just four times all season.

Andrea Rich, Ticonderoga- A senior center fielder, Rich was a three-year starter on varsity and was a great asset to the Sentinels. She was an excellent hitter, with an average of .523. Rich will be attending Fulton-Montgomery Community College.

Jordan McKee, Ticonderoga- A pitcher and two-year starter on varsity, McKee worked hard to develop her skills. She will be attending Maria College.


Brianna Padron (Peru), Sam Fletcher (Peru), Karlie Neale (Plattsburgh), Kourtnie Campbell (Saranac), Ashley Terry (Saranac), Nicole Viscardo (Saranac Lake), Miranda Sheffer (AuSable Valley), Serina Hayes (Lake Placid), Katie Palandrani (Ticonderoga).

Division I

Emily Raville (Beekmantown), Stephanie LaValley (Northeastern Clinton), Brianna Padron (Peru), Sam Fletcher (Peru), Karlie Neale (Plattsburgh), Kourtnie Campbell (Saranac), Ashley Terry (Saranac), Nicole Viscardo (Saranac Lake), Jordy McDougall (Saranac Lake).

Division II

Miranda Sheffer (AuSable Valley), Logan Snow (AuSable Valley), Serina Hayes (Lake Placid), Kelsey Taylor (Lake Placid), Lauren Brace (Moriah), Taylor Durnin (Northern Adirondack), Katie Palandrani (Ticonderoga), Andrea Rich (Ticonderoga), Jordan McKee (Ticonderoga).

Honorable Mention

Asia Harris-Relation (Beekmantown), Emily Boyer (Northeastern Clinton), Nicole Breton (Peru), Kolbi Lyon (Plattsburgh High), Tori Trim (Saranac), Sydney Battistoni (Saranac Lake), Sumra Sikandar (AuSable Valley), Brooke Reid (Lake Placid), Taylor Sprague (Moriah), Amanda Campbell (Northern Adirondack), Jaelyn Granger (Ticonderoga).