Three members of the state Class A champion Hamilton Broncs - including junior pitcher Melodee Mildenberger - were named to the first team of the Class A all-state softball team, which was released Thursday.
Eleven of the 15 players selected to the first team play for western Montana teams. Nine of those players were repeat first-team selections.
Mildenberger, selected to the first team as a utility player in 2002, pitched the Broncs to a 5-0 win over Billings Central in the state championship game last Saturday. Mildenberger compiled a 22-3 record with 264 strikeouts, 14 shutouts, five no-hitters and a 0.61 ERA. She also batted .354.
Junior catcher Vanessa Wood and senior infielder Jenna McCartney also represented the state champs on the first team. Both were first-team picks last season. Wood entered state with a .544 average with 11 doubles, two triples, a home run and 25 RBIs.
Polson, which won state titles in 2001 and 2002, placed four players on the first team: Senior pitcher Brigit Johnson, senior utility player Charmel Burke, sophomore outfielder Strohm Fouty and junior infielder Kdee Meidinger. All are making their second consecutive first-team appearances. Fouty batted team-best .455 during the regular season with 31 stolen bases. Johnson won 19 games on the mound.
Libby senior outfielder Danielle Armstrong and Logger senior outfielder Mandi Foss were also named to the first team for a second straight season. Foss was also an honorable mention pick in 2001.
Libby senior catcher Taryn Blaz was selected to the first team for the first time, as was Corvallis sophomore outfielder Jayme Champion.
Hamilton sophomore infielder Ashlee Eckhardt was named to the second team for the second straight season. She was joined on the second team by Ronan sophomore infielder Jamie Lake, Corvallis sophomore infielder Ali Messer and Corvallis sophomore utility player April Bruce.
Class A all-state softball
Chelsi Deidrich, Sr., Billings Central
Tanya Saatzer, Sr. Laurel
Danielle Armstrong, Sr. Libby
Kdee Meidinger, Jr. Polson
Jenna McCartney, Sr. Hamilton
Fray Bustos, Jr. Billings Central
Mandi Foss, Sr. Libby
Strohm Fouty, So. Polson
Jayme Champion, So. Corvallis
Vanessa Wood, Jr. Hamilton
Taryn Blaz, Sr. Libby
Melodee Mildenberger, Jr. Hamilton
Brigit Johnson, Sr. Polson
Tiffany Saatzer, Sr. Laurel
Charmel Burke, Sr. Polson
Erin Butori, Jr. Butte Central
Ashlee Eckhardt, So. Hamilton
Jamie Lake, So. Ronan
Ali Messer, So. Corvallis
Karly Kambich, Sr. Butte Central
Kiley Myers, So. Laurel
Meghan Walsh, Jr. Butte Central
Megan McLeod, Jr. Laurel
Adrienne Dues, Jr. Belgrade
Leslie Dobson, Jr. Billings Central
April Bruce, So. Corvallis
Kayla Webster, Fr. Billings Central
Infielders - Brenna Manion, So, Butte Central; Jen Smith, So., Belgrade; Kelli Unrein, So., Glendive; Crystal Cornett, Sr., Polson.
Outfielders - Katie Boucher, Sr., Hamilton; Carrie Biolo, Jr., Whitefish; Shannon Anderson, Jr., Columbia Falls.
Catcher - Jordan Kambich, So, Butte Central.
Pitcher - Katie Strever, Fr., Laurel; Jodi Gillan, Jr., Libby.
Utility player - Rachelle Moeller, Sr., Libby.