Posted: 1:24 pm Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Softball: American Heritage ace Chelsea Brandt wins Miracle Sports Player of the Year 

By Jeff Greer

American Heritage pitcher Chelsea Brandt was named the Miracle Sports Class 2A Player of the Year Thursday. Her teammate Marissa Mangini earned Class 2A Defensive Player of the Year honors, while Grandview Prep’s Allie Catapano (1A Offensive Player of the Year) and Jane Sallen (1A Pitcher of the Year) also took home awards.

American Heritage coach Kevin Drake won Class 2A Coach of the Year.

Brandt was 14-4 as a starting pitcher and batted .408 with 13 steals, leading American Heritage to its first state championship in program history. Drake was in his first year as the Stallions’ coach. Brandt was the Post Small Schools Player of the Year and Drake won Coach of the Year.

Grandview Prep reached the 1A final for the second consecutive season thanks to the power-hitting of Catapano and the power-pitching of Sallen. The Pride lost 1-0 to St. Petersburg-Canterbury in the state championship game.

In all, four American Heritage players—Brandt, Mangini, Whitney Farris and Jessica Mohl—were selected for the 2A all-state team. Catapano and Sallen were the only area representatives on the 1A all-state first team.

King’s Academy’s Amanda Willcox earned 2A all-state second team honors. Amber Johnson (Berean Christian) and Geena Capitini (Grandview Prep) received 1A all-state second team selections.

Amanda Edelmann (American Heritage), Aubree Murphy (King’s Academy) and Lauren Mossucco (American Heritage) each made the third team, and American Heritage second baseman Ashley Niesman was an honorable mention.

Lake Worth Christian’s Mackenzie Morrell, Grandview’s Taylor Russo and Berean’s Allison Flinn all made the 1A third team.

Here’s the full list of selections. Class 4A through 6A will be released tomorrow.

CLASS 2A

Offensive Player of the Year: Emily Carasone, Pine Castle Christian
Defensive Player of the Year: Marissa Mangini, American Heritage (Delray)
Pitcher of the Year: Sydney Carpenter, Trinity Preparatory School
Coach of the Year: Kevin Drake, American Heritage (Delray)
Class 2A Florida Player of the Year: Chelsea Brandt, American Heritage (Delray)

FIRST TEAM

P Sydney Carpenter JR Trinity Preparatory School
P Chelsea Brandt SR American Heritage
P Ashley Sikes SO Liberty County
P Brittany Perez SR Florida Christian
P Kaley Bitterman SO Pine Castle Christian
C Jesse Andrews JR Trinity Preparatory School
C Taylore Fuller JR Chiefland High
IF Emily Carasone JR Pine Castle Christian
IF Taylor Bassett SR Trinity Preparatory School
IF Brittany Husk FR Westminster Christian
IF Whitney Farris SO American Heritage
IF Heather Roberts FR University Christian (Jacksonville)
OF Marissa Mangini SO American Heritage
OF Jessica Fennell SR Westminster Christian
OF Katie Yergler JR Trinity Preparatory School
UT Kristin Pazienza SR Mount Dora Bible
UT Jessica Mohl FR American Heritage
DP Jessica Anderson SO Northside Christian

SECOND TEAM

P Amber Richardson SR Chiefland High
P Kelli Kleis FR Westminster Christian
P Karissa Childs SR Sneads
P Lindsey Menezes SR Westminster Christian
C Carly Sapp SO Liberty County
C Caitlyn Musa FR Westminster Christian
IF Lyssa Ritchhart SO Pine Castle Christian
IF Shannon Muldowney SR Pine Castle Christian
IF Natalie Lopez FR Westminster Christian
IF Skip Williams SR Mount Dora Bible
IF Taylor Asbell SR PK Yonge
OF Becca Carr JR Pine Castle Christian
OF Alexandra Schneider SR Florida Christian
OF Morgan Millanueva SR Pine Castle
UT Amanda Willcox SO King’s Academy
UT Amanda Labrador SR Florida Christian
DP Shelby Pierce SR Lakeland Christian

THIRD TEAM

P Amanda Edelmann JR American Heritage
P Katie Gottfried JR Calvary Christian
P Aubree Murphy JR King’s Academy
P Kalen McGill FR PK Yonge
C Lauren Mossucco FR American Heritage
C Shelby Gilreath SO Calvary Christian
IF Caitlin Fuller FR Chiefland
IF Sarah Doring SR Providence
IF Sara Hendrix FR PK Yonge
IF Jessica Schoonover SR Calvary Christian
OF Taylor Trezona JR Westminster Christian
OF Brittany Gilliam FR Chiefland
OF Rachel Vernadore SR Providence
UT Kayla Johnson SR Liberty County
UT Paige Curtis SO Providence

HONORABLE MENTION

Montana Manley, Liberty
Shelby Kirkland, North Florida Christian
Christian Gonzalez, North Florida Chrisitan
Savannah Young, First Academy
Ashley Niesman, American Heritage
Kayla Kelly, Sneads
Zoe Wilson, Lakeland Christian

CLASS 1A

Offensive Player of the Year: Allie Catapano, Grandview Prep
Defensive Player of the Year: Kayle Mullinex, CFCA
Pitcher of the Year: Jane Sallen, Grandview Prep
Coach of the Year: Jody Moore, Canterbury School of Florida
Class 1A Player of the Year, Krissy Longstreet, Canterbury School of Florida

FIRST TEAM

P Holly Reynolds SR CFCA
P Emily Winesett JR Canterbury School of Florida
P Taryn Copeland JR Aucilla Christian
P Meghan Sullivan SO Southwest Florida Christian
P Jane Sullen JR Grandview Prep
C Krissy Longstreet SR Canterbury School of Florida
C Taylor King JR Oak Hall
IF Allie Catapano SR Grandview Prep
IF Jennifer Crosthwaite JR Canterbury School of Florida
IF Lauren Spaulding SR Hollywood Christian
IF Ashley Schofoll SO Aucilla Christian
IF Angelica Seader JR Oak Hall
OF Kayle Mullinex SR CFCA
OF Rachel Brown JR Bradenton Christian
OF Destiny Buhagiar SR Hollywood Christian
UT Kristen Allen SR Robert F Monroe
UT Kayla Thompson SO Hernando Christian
DP Amber Thrush SR Eagle’s View

SECOND TEAM

P Amber Johnson JR Berean Christian
P Emily Clawson SR Sarasota Christian
P Morgan Lambert FR Calvary Christian
P Jaymi Bautista-Geiger SR Oak Hall
C Becki Sullivan 8TH Southwest Florida Christian
C Geena Capitini JR Grandview Prep
IF Meridith Doerstling JR Southwest Florida Christian
IF Brooke Kinsey SO Aucilla Christian
IF Cassidy Miller SO Sarasota Christian
OF Brittany Robinson SR CFCA
OF Sarah Fleming SR Canterbury School of Florida
OF Kaitlin Jackson SR Aucilla Christian
UT Shelby Kirkland JR North Florida Christian
UT Taylor King JR Oak Hall
DP Haleigh Corbally JR Robert F. Monroe

THIRD TEAM

P Courtney Riddle FR Hernando Christian
P Lindsey Bert FR North Florida Christian
P Haley Birkle JR Oak Hall
C Lacy Adams JR Canterbury School of Florida
C Amy Szymanowski JR Bishop McLaughlin
IF Mackenzie Morrell JR Lake Worth Christian
IF Melanie Brewster JR Maclay
IF Christine Gonzalez FR North Florida Christian
OF Julia Cieutat JR Canterbury School of Florida
OF Taylor Inman JR North Florida Christian
OF Taylor Russo 8th Grandview Prep
UT Pamela Watt SO Aucilla Christian
UT Allison Flinn JR Berean Christian
DP Shelby Kirkland JR North Florida Christian