About midway through the season, there was really no telling who would be this year’s Rockland player of the year. Would it be North Rockland’s Kayla McDermott? Would it be first-year full-time pitcher Emily Turilli of Pearl River? Would it be one of Clarkstown South’s battery members in Briana Keaveney or Sara Herskowitz? Or would it be a wild card nobody saw coming?
Even entering the section finals, there was no clear frontrunner (at least in my opinion). From each game there on, the favorite started pulling away until winning handily. Keaveney was unanimously voted the player of the year this season by Rockland County coaches and myself, so there was no debate when it came to the top honor.
The packages for both Rockland and Westchester/Putnam are in today’s print edition of The Journal News.
For me, Keaveney’s no-hitter in the regional semifinal sealed the deal for her, regardless of what the Vikings did going forward. That performance — grinding out an eight-inning win, tossing a no-hitter, delivering the game-winning hit — on that stage was one of the best individual performances I’ve ever seen in a game in any sport I’ve covered.
The rest of the all-star selections weren’t as easy, but I think that between the first- and second-team honorees, the consensus is more OK with the selections than not. For only having 10 teams in the county, there were only a handful of selections that were unanimous. Here are your all-stars and honorable mentions for this season:
Journal News first team
P: Kayla McDermott, North Rockland, Jr.
C: Sara Herskowitz, Clarkstown South, Jr.
1B: Nicole Ritsick, Clarkstown South, Sr.
2B: Deangie Jimenez, North Rockland, Jr.
3B: Colleen McCoy, Pearl River, Jr.
SS: Alana Prosapio, Nanuet, Jr.
OF: Megan Atzl, Clarkstown South, Sr.
OF: Jules Madigan, Pearl River, Sr.
OF: Kirsten McGarvey, Pearl River, Sr.
UTIL: Bella Chiorazzi, North Rockland, So.
UTIL: Allie Wood, Suffern, Jr.
DP: Karly Fishkin, Clarkstown South, Sr.
Coach of the year: Maura Heebink, Clarkstown South
Journal News second team
P: Emily Turilli, Pearl River, So.
C: Meg Sneeden, Nyack, Jr.
1B: Courtney Carbone, Nanuet, Jr.
2B: Caroline Alicandri, Pearl River, So.
3B: Alicia Bertolino, North Rockland, Jr.
SS: Victoria Alonso, North Rockland, So.
OF: Amanda Schweitzer, North Rockland, Jr.
OF: Brianna Turchiarelli, Clarkstown South, Jr.
OF: Alana Vezza, Nanuet, Sr.
UTIL: Meagan Woods, Pearl River, Fr.
UTIL: Allie Schepis, Suffern, Jr.
DP: Nicole Spiegelberg, Tappan Zee, Jr.
Honorable mentions: Taylor Adolff, Clarkstown North, Jr.; Jill Beckerle, Pearl River, Sr., Oriana Castello, Nanuet, Fr.; Sara Hayward, Suffern, Jr.; Julie Marsico, Pearl River, Jr.; Gabby Palumbo, Clarkstown South, Jr.; Kim Sano, Albertus Magnus, Sr.; Gina Selvaggi, North Rockland, Jr.; Meagan Trozzo, Tappan Zee, Jr.
Photo credit: Carucha L. Meuse/The Journal News