CORPUS CHRISTI – The Calallen Wildcats and Santa Gertrudis Academy Lions, state tournament competitors last year, both landed four players on the 2024 South Texas Preseason All-Star Softball Team.
The honor squad, divided into 4A-5A and Private-3A classifications, were voted on by area head coaches.
The 30 student-athletes will be recognized at the 18th South Texas Winter Baseball Banquet, scheduled for Thursday, January 18 at the American Bank Center’s Henry Garrett Ballroom. Astros television reporter Julia Morales is the featured speaker. The event is presented by Whataburger.
Alaunah Almaraz, a three-time winter banquet selection, leads the Calallen contingent which is rounded out by sophomore pitcher Jordyn Thibodeaux, sophomore catcher Audryna Almaraz and senior shortstop Megan Geyer. Geyer was a 2022 preseason all-star honoree. Following runner-up finishes in 2019 and 2021, Calallen became the first softball program from Corpus Christi to win a UIL state title by capturing the 4A crown last June.
Carroll senior outfielder Aylah Mata and Sinton senior pitcher Jamie Burch are being honored by Coastal Bend coaches for a third consecutive year. Also among the 4A-5A repeat honorees are pitchers Maddie Aguilar (Veterans Memorial), and Kiley Flores (Carroll), as well as second baseman Demiree Stafford (Tuloso-Midway).
Senior pitcher Skyler Ramos of Riviera-Kaufer, SGA junior first baseman Isabella De Los Santos, and San Diego senior outfielder Marly Sanchez are now two-time selections from the Private-3A ranks.
Along with De Los Santos, sophomore pitcher D’Andra Fernandez, senior second baseman Taylor Reyes, and senior designated player Adriana Mireles represent an SGA program that rolled to a 40-6 record and a state runner-up finish in 2023.
The Hebbronville Longhorns, who reached the third round of the playoffs last year, boast a trio on the preseason all-star team: junior pitcher Kadence Trevino, junior catcher Karina Alarcon, and senior shortstop Alexia Alegria.
Incarnate Word Academy and San Diego both placed a pair.
2024 South Texas Preseason High School All-Star Team | 4A-5A Softball Division
Jamie Burch – Sinton – Sr.
Maddie Aguilar – Veterans Memorial – Sr.
Audrey Diercks – Gregory-Portland – Jr.
Kiley Flores – Carroll – Jr.
Jordyn Thibodeaux – Calallen – So.
Audryna Almaraz – Calallen – So.
Ciara Valadez – Alice – Jr.
*Ciara Valadez – Alice – Jr.