O’Herron recognized as one of Illinois’ elite
Lady Knight shortstop earns 2nd-team ICA, 3 others get 3rd team
KANELAND—Winona State University in Minnesota already knew it was gaining a talented ballplayer on its softball team for the 2013-14 season.
The honor bestowed upon Kaneland High School Class of 2013 athlete Allyson O’Herron on June 21 from the Illinois Coaches Association confirms it.
O’Herron was named to the second team of the ICA Class 3A All-State team.
Also a standout perimeter shooter in the winter, O’Herron impressed the association by hitting .506 during the latest season, which ended in the regional title game to Rosary.
O’Herron was joined by third-teamers catcher Paige Kuefler and outfielders Lexi Roach and Lanie Callaghan.
“It was always a goal to get something like this,” O’Herron said. “With three more getting this, it proves what talent we had. They’re returning next year and they’ll get even better.”
O’Herron already had the athletic goods joining the KHS ranks at the turn of the decade, but feels improvement came along the way.
“I think my maturity and knowledge of the game improved, and as I gained confidence I took on more of a leadership role,” O’Herron said.
O’Herron’s role in 2014 remains fluid, but looks to contribute in any way.
“They might have me play at second or third. There’s nothing like hitting second in the order, especially with a quick leadoff hitter,” O’Herron said.
Winona State finished 37-14, with a 17-5 mark in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.