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June 3, 2011 > HAAL names all league teams

HAAL names all league teams

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.

Hayward Area Athletic League named its 2011 All-League softball team. Of the Hayward-based schools, Moreau Catholic High School was the most represented, with five players named to the first and second teams. Tennyson and Hayward also had a total of three softballers named to teams.

Shelby Long was the top Moreau player named to the HAAL First Team, getting voted on unanimously. Joining Long on the first team were Alyssa Castillo Jessica Marin and Kyra Kawasaki. Tennyson's Eliana Mello was also named to the first team.

On the HAAL Second Team, Moreau was represented by Leilani Akai. Joining Akai on the second team were two Hayward High Lady Farmers, Briann Thompson and Erin Muhammed.

In addition to HAAL selected its first and second teams, seven players from Hayward-based schools received honorable mentions. Making the list for the Lady Mariners of Moreau Catholic was Cassidy Lyon; for Hayward, it was Pricilla Carbajal; Tennyson's players mentioned were Corey Skafidas, Tuyen Che and Marissa Barrera; and from Mt. Eden High School, it was Stephanie Pryzbus and Kimmie Bitting.

Arroyo High School's Olivia Noddin was named pitcher of the year. Noddin's coach, Mike Brand, was named the league's coach of the year. And Kayla Bufardeci of Castro Valley High School was named HAAL Player of the Year.

Castro Valley -- with three unanimous selections Gabby Palmer, Kristen Koslosky and Bufardeci, along with Olivia Aragon -- had four first teamers and three second teamers (Melina Huey, Baylee Johnson and Karen Chaw). Castro Valley's seven players named to all-league teams was the most of all schools.

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