2023 SOFTBALL ALL-METRO SELECTIONS
Jessa Snippes, Rosemount, senior
She received overwhelming support for Metro Player of the Year. Mentally tough, never overlooks a batter. Throws in the mid-60s with devastating spin. Went 17-0 with a 1.24 ERA and more than 170 K's. Hit .617 with 38 RBI.
Chloe Barber, White Bear Lake, senior
College: Wichita State
Hard-throwing righthanded power pitcher who led the metro in strikeouts with 272, second-highest total in the state. Finished 18-4 with a 0.58 ERA. Also a threat at the plate, with eight home runs.
Signe Dohse, Hopkins, senior
Big-game pitcher who excels in tight spots. Shared time on the rubber because the Royals had pitching depth. Still struck out 131 despite fewer innings than in past years. Hit leadoff with a .437 average and seven home runs.
Maddie Wihlm, Maple Grove, senior
College: North Dakota State
A leader who controls the circle and spots pitches well. Guided the young Crimson to the state tournament despite a roster with just two seniors. Has 239 strikeouts with a 19-2 record and a 0.57 ERA, 10 shutouts and two no-hitters.
Madelyn Anthony, North St. Paul, sophomore
Perhaps the most impactful sophomore in the state. The Polars, unranked at the start of the season, finished as a top-10 team in Class 4A. She was 13-3 as a pitcher, played exceptional defense as an infielder and hit .519 with nine home runs and a metro-leading 43 RBI.
Brooklyn Jones, Anoka, senior
Prototypical backstop blessed with everything coaches look for in a catcher. Controls the game with her ability to handle pitchers and has an arm that keeps runners close. Hard worker at the plate who can put a charge into the ball.
Cameron Chard, Belle Plaine, junior
A game-changer because her power makes opposing pitchers adapt when she comes to the plate. Has nine home runs and 38 RBI this season and 23 home runs over the past two years.
Jackie Larsen, Bloomington Jefferson, outfield, senior
College: Bemidji State
Blessed with exceptional speed. Covers a lot of ground in the outfield and is a tough out on the base paths, with her ability to go home to first in less than three seconds. Table-setter who hit .556 with 40 hits, 33 runs scored, 29 RBI and 20 stolen bases.
Isabelle Nosan, Rosemount, shortstop, senior
College: Iowa State
Long and athletic, handles everything in the infield with well-honed instincts, a quick glove-to-throwing-hand transition and a quick release. Instinctive on the bases, she's hitting .475 with three home runs, 19 RBI and 35 runs scored.
Paige Zender, Rosemount, first base, senior
College: Iowa State
One of the metro's most intimidating batters, she's always a threat to go deep. Anchors the state's deepest lineup. Was the metro leader in home runs for much of the season, finishing with 11. Hit .385 with 40 RBI, a .923 slugging percentage and a 1.379 on-base-plus-slugging number.
Alexis Monty, Stillwater, shortstop, senior
College: Concordia (St. Paul)
A leader who helped the youthful Ponies to a season-long top-five ranking in Class 4A. Her game is predicated on elite speed, whether tracking down balls in the hole or as a leadoff hitter with a knack for getting on base.
Brooke Holmes, Prior Lake, shortstop, senior
College: St. Cloud State
A smooth fielder with a sure glove, the all-around athlete (also a standout hockey player) is the leader around whom the Lakers rally. A top-10 hitter in the metro with a .574 batting average and nine home runs. Coach Erika Smyth calls her "the toughest out in the South Suburban Conference."
Hannah Tong, Forest Lake, senior: 10-2, 1.06 ERA, 119 K's; ace on any other team.
Avery Muellner, Forest Lake, sophomore: 9-1, 1.29 ERA, 94 K's. Part 2 of the Rangers' terrific 1-2 punch.
Sylvia Shromoff, Shakopee, junior: Savvy lefty pitched the Sabers to the Class 4, Section 2 title.
Brooke Nesdahl, Cretin-Derham Hall, sophomore: Gritty and tough, has the Raiders in the Class 3A tournament.
Nicole Weinberger, Waconia, catcher, senior: Versatile catcher with a shutdown arm.
Addison Coffey, Stillwater, third base, senior: Led the Ponies in hitting.
Lexi Goring, Farmington, outfield, sophomore: Hit .478 with 15 stolen bases for the Class 4A, Section 1 champs.
Lauren Freeberg, Rogers, shortstop, senior: Contact hitter batted .529 and struck out just twice in 64 at-bats.
Bethany Weiss, Forest Lake, first base, senior: A consummate leader who lifts the entire team.
Cece Hanson, Rosemount, center field, senior: Saves runs with her range in the outfield.
Kayla Bartol, Rosemount, left field, junior: Always makes contact. Hitting .468, drove in 20 runs.
Alissa Wernz, Maple Grove, center field, senior: Coach Jim Koltes said, "If water covers 71 percent of the earth, Alissa covers the other 29 percent."
Carter Raymond, Randolph, pitcher, sophomore
Chloe Brandt, Le Sueur-Henderson, pitcher, senior
Siri Springer, Mounds Park Academy, pitcher, senior
Madeline Nutter, Lakeville South, pitcher, senior
Kurstyn Patnode, Becker, pitcher, senior
Kyllie Weingart, Maranatha Academy, catcher, senior
Zariya Anderson, Minnetonka, catcher, senior
Sarah Dollerschell, Stillwater, catcher, junior
Emma Collins, Minnetonka, right field, senior
Sidney LaMotte, Burnsville, third base, senior
Ari Princl, Rosemount, second base, senior
Karina Tollberg, Chanhassen, shortstop, senior
Ciara Fahey, Belle Plaine, shortstop, senior
Khendal Johnson, St. Michael-Albertville, third base, senior
How the team was chosen
The Star Tribune's All-Metro teams and Metro Player of the Year were chosen based on nominations from metro-area coaches, conversations with coaches and staff observations.
How Star Tribune Metro Players of the Year
2022: Sydney Schwartz, Chanhassen
2021: Allison Benning, Stillwater
2020: no season
2019: Ava Dueck, Maple Grove
2018: Emily Hansen, Buffalo
2017: Marybeth Olson, Chanhassen
2016: Katelyn Kemmetmueller, Rogers
2015: Sydney Smith, Maple Grove
2014: Smith (junior)
2013: Hannah Heacox, Stillwater
2012: Cayli Sadler, Maple Grove
2011: Hayley Nybo, Hopkins
2010: Sara Moulton, Eagan
2009: Moulton (junior)
2008: Sam Hildebrandt, Park of Cottage Grove
2007: Brynne Dordel, Chaska
2006: Kristin Danielson, Mounds View
2005: Briana Hassett, Eastview
2004: Chrissy Sward, North St. Paul
2003: Allison Bakke, Anoka (junior)
2002: Kristen Schmidt, Park of Cottage Grove
2001: Missy Beseres, Armstrong
2000: Lyn Peyer (junior), Minnetonka
1999: Angie Recknor, Hopkins
1998: Recknor (junior)
1997: Lacey Hughes, Wayzata
1996: Karissa Hoehn, Stillwater
1995: Erika Kanavati, Henry Sibley
1994: Laura Peters, Park of Cottage Grove
1993: Tracy Carey, Richfield
1992: Laura LeVander, Woodbury
1991: Jeanette Strubb, St. Bernard's
1990: Karyn Valentino, St. Bernard's
1989: Sue Varland, North St. Paul
1988: Michelle DeBace, St. Bernard's