Blackfoot’s Chavez named District 5/6 Player of the Year
BLACKFOOT — Ask any softball coach in 4A District 5/6 who the best player in the league is and one name comes off of every single coaches tongue, Blackfoot senior Matti Chavez.
After hitting .615 with two home runs and 32 RBI during the season, Chavez was named 4A District 5/6 Player of the Year by the coaches in the district this week.
"When you ask any of the coaches in the district who the player of the year is there no hesitation, it was Matti," Blackfoot head coach Matt Chavez said. "Teams did not want to pitch to her all season long and she was still able to hit over .600 this season."
Chavez a four-year all conference honoree in the High Country Conference while at Blackfoot, hit over .600 all four seasons as the Broncos catcher and hit a remarkable 15 home runs as a sophomore.
"She is a great kid," Chavez said. "She works so hard and has been a huge part of our success."
Chavez was not the only Broncos to earn an all-district honor this season.
MorningRose Tobey, Taylor and Ashlyn Beers, Cassandra Clarke and Sami Macfee all earned honors for their play this season.
Clarke earned a first team honor as an outfielder after her play in center field during the season. Clarke will join Chavez at Treasure Valley Community College this fall, but will play soccer while Chavez will play softball.
Joining Clarke on the first team outfield are Kealee Hewatt from Pocatello and Clarissa Smith from Rigby.
Taylor Beers was named to the second team at third base after playing solid defense and being a big bat in the middle of the Broncos order.
Rigby's Tori Anderson was the first team third baseman.
Her sister Ashlyn was named to the second team outfield as the Broncos right fielder. Beers, like her sister was a big bat in the order and played some fantastic defense in the outfield all season long.
Sami Macfee earned a second team honor as a utility player for the Broncos this season. Macfee spent most of her time on the field at shortstop, but played some second base when MorningRose Tobey was not in the circle.
Tobey was the final Bronco to earn all-district honors after being named a second team pitcher.
Rigby's Audrey Hegi was named the first team the first team pitcher.
Rigby's Barry Parkes was named coach of the year after leading the Trojans to the district championship this season.
4A District 5/6 All-Conference team
Player of the Year — Matti Chavez — Blackfoot
Coach of the Year — Barry Parkes — Rigby
Audrey Hegi — Rigby
MorningRose Tobey — Blackfoot
Shayla Baker — Pocatello
Bailey Harris — Century
Savannah Wells — Century
Kristen Stucki — Pocatello
Sophie Butikofer — Rigby
Monica Parkes — Rigby
Shania Carlisle — Preston
Danielle Jorgensen — Pocatello
Taylor Ferguson — Century
Lase Naylor — Pocatello
Nicole Anderson — Bonneville
Rian Rawlings — Century
Randi Anderson — Rigby
Sarah Phillips — Bonneville
Cierra Cooper — Pocatello
Tori Anderson — Rigby
Taylor Beers — Blackfoot
Kennedy Iverson — Century
Hailey Morrison — Pocatello
Kealee Hewatt — Pocatello
Cassandra Clarke — Blackfoot
Clarissa Smith — Rigby
Ashlyn Beers — Blackfoot
Alicia Armstrong — Century
Evelyn Jackson — Rigby
Olivia Wheatley — Preston
Camry Erickson — Century
Sami Macfee — Blackfoot
Sherry Boone — Rigby
Dani Bybee — Bonneville