Last week, 25 Wyoming Valley Conference softball standouts were selected all-state by the Pennsylvania High School Softball Coaches Association.

Late last night, the Pennsylvania High School Softball Association All-State teams were announced.

If you’re asking, “What’s the difference?” Well, the difference is the coaches team is picked with the cooperation of dozens — if not hundreds — of coaches and media members throughout the state. This team, announced last night, is selected by a nine-member committee consisting of “former HS or Tourney Ball Coaches as well as former newspaper writers,” according to an email announcing the team. … Additionally, whereas the other team spotlighted well over 300 players across the state, only 116 players were selected to these teams, across four classifications.

This most recent team was distributed by President of the PAHSSA Victor Sanders in an email addressed to sports media throughout Pennsylvania.

Of the 116 selections, five hail from WVC programs.

Headlining the WVC are first-team selections: Kristen Coffay, Holy Redeemer pitcher in Class AA; Tiana Wren, Holy Redeemer outfielder in Class AA; Megan Trivelpiece, first baseman in Class AAAA. Additionally, Wren was selected to the 15-player, All-Rookie Team.

Additionally, Holy Redeemer’s Morgan Bienkowski made second-team in Class AA as a flex player. Nanticoke Area’s Jenna Lipowski was selected second-team in Class AAA as a designated player.

And, folks, that pretty much does it for WVC softball coverage in 2016.

In case you missed it, Redeemer teammates Coffay and Bienkowski this past weekend were selected as our Citizens’ Voice Co-Players of the Year. You could read the Q&A I did with them at this link.

You could view the rest of The CV All-Star softball team here.