Ponder, three Polk juniors named to all-WHC softball squad

Polk County senior softball player Ashley Ponder

A senior and three Polk County juniors have been named to the all-Western Highlands Conference softball squad.

Senior Ashley Ponder, who has signed to play collegiately at USC Union, and juniors Haley Fowler, Maranda Gosnell and Autumn Owen were all chosen for the all-conference team.

Madison’s Hannah Jennings earned player of the year honors while Owen’s Jaiden Tweed was named pitcher of the year. Madison coach Andy Gregg, who led the Patriots to the Western Regional finals, received coach of the year honors.

The complete all-WHC softball squad:

Avery: Cassie Harris, Libby Phillips, Sophie Shwebke
Hendersonville: Kayleigh Hubert
Madison: Bailey Cantrell, Brooklyn Franklin, Ashley Hamlin, Hannah Jennings, Carrie Maney, Alexis Nix, Brooke Vilcinskas
Mitchell: Shelby Twiddy
Mountain Heritage: Haley Penland, Destiny Whitt, Summer Wilson
Owen: Anissa Avila, Chesney Gardner, Caitlyn Ledford, Natalie Stewart, Jaiden Tweed, Ashley Valencia
Polk County: Haley Fowler, Miranda Gosnell, Autumn Owen, Ashley Ponder