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Recently crowned State A softball champion Frenchtown put three girls on the all-state team, but more impressively seven girls from the Broncs' starting lineup landed on the all-Northwestern A first team.

Leading the group were all-staters Morgan Ray, Krista Hebnes and Brooke Yarnall, two seniors and a junior who have helped Frenchtown to three straight state titles.

Libby had two all-staters while Polson and Columbia Falls each had one selection from NWA. Hamilton put two on the all-state team as well from the Southwestern A and Stevensville also had one girl chosen.

Ray entered the state tournament with a 0.24 ERA and 208 strikeouts, only adding to her season Ks. She finished the year 20-2 pitching and also swung a hardy bat. She clubbed seven homers with 33 RBIs while hitting .553.

Yarnall, a catcher, batted .409 with 29 RBIs and Hebnes, an outfielder, batted .474 with 28 RBIs and a state-high 15 doubles.

Libby pitcher Hannah England and her catcher Devon Gallagher were each picked all-state in their senior seasons. The latter girl batted .471 with a state-best 45 RBIs.

Polson third baseman Taylor Brackey and Columbia Falls pitcher Ashley Trueblood, both seniors, wrapped up the league selections. Brackey hit .386 with 21 RBIs while Trueblood hit .448 and also drove in 21 runs. 

Pitching stats for England and Trueblood were unavailable.

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Senior shortstop Taylor Goligoski and sophomore catcher Rachael Ringer were both picked from Hamilton. Goligoski led her team with a .513 batting average, eight homers and 36 RBIs; Ringer hit .398 with 28 RBIs.

Carly Vercruyssen of Stevensville was the final area girl chosen. The senior led the state with a .574 average.

It is Ray's and Goligoski's third straight all-state selections; England, Trueblood and Gallagher have both been picked twice.

Among the Frenchtown girls chosen as first team all-conference were also outfielder Emma Pyron, infielders Shelby Shourds and Haley Cyr and utility player Laci Willett.

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