by S. Purdom
Photo 1: Winchester is pictured with parents, (far left): Gina and Donnie Winchester, Amanda Winchester, Steve Pember, MHS Assistant Girls’ Softball Coach, and Ted Booth, MHS Girls’ Softball Coach
Photo 2: Amanda Winchester
Murray High School Softball Member Selected to Participate in the
KY 2011 East/West All Star Series Softball Team
Murray, Ky., June 16---Amanda Winchester, 2011 Murray High School graduate and member of the MHS Girls’ Softball team, was selected to participate in the Kentucky 2011 East/West All Star Series Softball Team June 17-19, 2011 At University of Kentucky and Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. Winchester’s selection to represent Murray marks the first time an MHS Girls’ Softball team member will represent Murray on the All Star Series Softball Team.
Jim McAlister, Kentucky Tournament director, said the players were chosen by a committee of coaches from the West as well as the East. The West team represents regions 1-8 (Hopkins, Central, Meade County, Calloway County, Ballard, Butler County, Hardin, Owensboro Catholic, Heath, Murray, and Allen County), while regions 9-16 make up the East Team: (Montgomery County, Cordero, North Laurel, East Jessamine, Lexington Catholic, George Rogers Clark, Ryle, Franklin County, Corbin, Rowan County, East Ridge, Ashland, Lafayette, Whitley County, Scott County, Johnson Central and George Rogers Clark.)
Coaches submitted 116 (senior and junior all-star nominations) from the west early in May. McAlister then met with the West coaches at South Warren High School to select the 18 players.
McAlister said for some of the players it is their last chance to play high school softball, while some go on to play at the collegiate level. "We want the all-stars to feel honored to be part of this weekend,” he said. “The girls play with athletes they have played against for years and now are teammates. They seem to have fun and enjoy themselves for the three days they are together."
The 2011 MHS Softball Team captain Winchester has garnered numerous awards during her athletic career including the 2010 Silver Slugger Award, and the 2008-09 Most Steals Award.
A two-time Mallory France 110 percent Award, Winchester is described by her many former MHS teaching and coaching mentors as one “who gives 110 percent in whatever she decides to.” “As a six-year member of the MHS Girls’ Softball team I am proud and honored to be selected,” Winchester said. “I wasn’t ready to be completely done with my high school playing time, so this opportunity provides with one more time to play a game I really love.”
Ted Booth, MHS Girls’ Softball coach, said being selected as a member of the 2011 East/West All Star Series Softball identifies Winchester’s talent as a great softball player. “However, that’s not all, she is a great person, and that is key factor in her being chosen for this honor.”
Kristen Boggess of Calloway County High School Girls’ Softball Team was also selected to participate on the Senior West Team. The Senior West Team Coaches: Troy Webb (Calloway Co.), Andrew Hundley (DuPont Manual), Megan Miller (Pleasure Ridge Park), and Ted Booth (Murray).
All-Star Games will begin Saturday at University of Kentucky Softball complex. The West Seniors vs. West Juniors (7 innings) game will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
Immediately following the game an awards luncheon will be hosted that will include Kentucky Softball Coaches Association Miss Softball, Class Player of the Year, All State, and Coaching Staff of the Year Awards will be presented.