Her high school career is over, but the awards keep rolling in for Jackson High School softball standout Iyanla de Jesus.
De Jesus, who led the Timberwolves to their second straight state championship in May, was named the Class 4A State Player of the Year by the Washington State Softball Coaches Association. It’s her second straight season winning the award
The WSSCA also honored Jackson’s Kyle Peacocke as the 4A Coach of the Year for the second straight season.
“It’s pretty amazing that people respect the team and the program, and I think having gone back-to-back, I think the kids are very deserving,” Peacocke said. “I’m a little spechless but, like I said, it’s an honor for the girls to be recognized for the work they’ve put in over the last several years.”
De Jesus posted a 1.03 ERA and struck out 302 batters in 141 1/3 innings this season. She was named The Herald’s 2019 Softball Player of the Year and the 2019 Gatorade State Softball Player of the Year.
Joining de Jesus on the first team was Timberwolves teammate Macy Tarbox. The Western Washington University signee hit .454 with seven home runs and nine doubles.
“They’ve just been such incredible people, incredible leaders,” Peacocke said. “Not only with how they treat and interact with their teammates and coaches, but with their play on the field. Sometimes you get kids who are leaders but maybe they aren’t necessarily your best players. To have two kids (that play) like that, who lead on and off the field, it’s a coach’s dream really to have that combination.”
Three players from Lake Stevens’ 4A state runner-up squad earned all-state honors. Utility player Rachael Eichenberger earned a first-team nod and catcher Kiley Hubby and utility player Emma Fortney were named to the second team.
Glacier Peak shortstop Harlee Carpenter (.516 average, 10 doubles) and second baseman Kendall Curtis (.446 average, eight home runs) received 4A first-team honors after helping the Grizzlies to a fifth-place finish at state.
Snohomish outfielder Taylor Khorrami was named to the 3A first team. The Western Washington University-bound senior hit .495 with two home runs, four triples and eight doubles and helped the Panthers to a third-place finish at the state tournament.
Marysville Getchell catcher Shannon Patton (.524 average, 10 doubles) and Meadowdale third baseman Olivia Dimmock garnered 3A second-team honors.
Cedarcrest outfielder Michaela Carter (.632 average, eight home runs) and Archbishop Murphy utility player Brooke Jordan (.650 average, 12 home runs) were 2A first-team selections.
Glacier Peak’s Makayla Miller, Lake Stevens’ Kayle Hoskins, Everett’s Jackie Rookaird and Kassidy Millar, Marysville Pilchuck’s Sydney Zachry and Cassidy Phelps, Meadowdale’s Kate Houghton and Kelci Studioso, Snohomish’s Izzy Hansen, Lakewood’s Riley Mae Swanson and Natalie Krueger and Granite Falls’ Samantha VanderWel were all named honored mentions in their respective classifications.