Duck Softball Tops Nation with Six All Region Honors

EUGENE – For the second straight season, the University of Oregon softball team picked up a school-record six All-Pacific Region honors in the annual announcement by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

Five Ducks received first-team laurels in the vote by region head coaches – senior pitcher Jessica Moore and second baseman Kaylan Howard, junior shortstop Courtney Ceo and DP Alexa Peterson, and sophomore center fielder Janie Takeda.  Freshman Cheridan Hawkins added second-team honors to give the Ducks their second pair of All-Region pitchers in the same season (and first duo since 1988).

Overall, Oregon led the nation in most first-team honors (5), and was one of five programs that had six honorees on the two teams combined with No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 4 Arizona State, No. 6 Texas and Hofstra.

Becoming the first Duck to win four All-Region career honors, Moore picked up her third straight first-team nod after a second-team selection as a freshman.  Howard and Peterson also repeated on the first team for the second straight season.

Ceo became the fourth Duck to win three honors after her second-team choices in 2011 (3B) and ’12 (UT), as did Peterson with her freshman second-team nod.

Three other current Ducks have picked up honors in prior years – senior right fielder Samantha Pappas (first team 2010, ‘12), senior left fielder Allie Burger (first team 2010) and junior first baseman Kailee Cuico (second team, 2012).

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Mike Merrell

Mike Merrell

Mike (Editor-in-Chief) is a 1970 graduate of the University of Oregon where he attended the Honors College and received all-conference honors as a swimmer. After college, Mike ran for the Oregon Track Club and narrowly missed qualifying for the US Olympic Trials in the marathon. He continues his involvement in sports with near-daily swimming or running workouts, occasional masters swim competition (where he has received two Top-10 World rankings), providing volunteer coaching to local triathletes and helping out with Mike lives on 28 acres in the forest near Sandpoint, Idaho, where he has served as a certified public accountant for most of his working career. His current night job is writing novels about Abby Westminster, the only known illegitimate daughter of Britain's finest secret agent who has to bring down arch-villains plotting dastardly deeds. And, yes, Abby is also a DUCK!