JF places a bunch on All-Region teams

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POY Katie Cousins leads the way

By Mike Forster


While the school year is long over, accolades continue to pour in for some of Bedford County's outstanding athletes.

The 4A-North Region recently released its All-Region teams for the spring sports seasons.  A number of Jefferson Forest athletes figured prominently in the selections.

The JF girls soccer team, which came within a hair's breadth of winning the State title, placed three players on the All-Region first team.  The boys soccer team landed a pair of players on the first team, as well.

On the diamonds, the awards were less plentiful.  Still, one Cav made the first team on the baseball side of the house, while the softball crew had to be content with a pair of second-teamers.

In girls soccer, Katie Cousins led the way.  The junior midfielder not only made the first team, she was also selected as the regions's Player of the Year.

That honor comes on top of being named the Seminole District Player of the Year and Gatorade's National Girls Soccer Player of the Year.

Cousins was joined on the 4A-North team by forward Cassidy Ratliff and fullback Lauren Vann.

Ratliff will head to Radford this fall to play for the Highlanders.  Vann will play her senior season for JF in the coming academic school year.

Cousins is planning to take early graduation in order to join the University of Tennessee next spring.

On the boys' side of the pitch, Teddy Delledera and Brian McConkey were named to the first team.  Delledera, who graduated this past May, was JF's greatest threat from the striker position.

McConkey, who was selected to the first team as a fullback, also showed some flair for helping the JF attack from the midfield.  He should be back next season.

As should goalkeeper Thomas Cavanaugh. A junior, Cavanaugh was selected to the All-Region's Second Team.

Defensive guru Pierce Saunders, also a junior, received honorable mention in the selection process.

The sole baseball player from JF honored by the region was Camdyn Smith.  A multipurpose player for the Cavs this past season, the rising junior was selected to the 4A-North First Team as a designated hitter.

Over in softball, the young JF crew picked up some distinction.  Shortstop Jeanine Minnick and centerfielder Skylar Jenkins were both selected to the region's second team.  Both have bright futures ahead, as Minnick was a sophomore and Jenkins was but a freshman during this past spring campaign.