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Cortez named to NYS Class D Third Team

Several area high school softball stars, including two college-bound seniors, made the making the New York State Sportswriters Association all-state lists recently.

Ellicottville senior shortstop Evelyn Cortez ended her high school career as an all-state honoree, on the third team in Class D.

Cortez, who is set to play at Division I Niagara University next season, hit .414 with six doubles, a triple and a home run this season. She scored 12 runs and drove in 16, stealing 14 stolen bases. She also pitched 10 innings this season for the Eagles (6-11), striking out nine and allowing three runs, making the league’s first-team all-stars for a second straight year.

Senior pitcher Ally Haskell of Franklinville, who will play at St. Bonaventure, made the state’s first team for a second straight year in Class D. She again led the Panthers from the mound and at the plate, compiling a .425 average with three homers and 11 RBI while going 13-1 with a 0.49 ERA on 181 strikeouts and 11 walks. Her younger sister, sophomore catcher Dani Haskell, made the fourth team. Haskell hit .432, scoring 16 runs with nine RBI, nine stolen bases and two homers.

Cattaraugus-Little Valley sophomore shortstop Lexi Wulf made the Class C fifth team. Wulf helped the Timberwolves to 10-7 this season, losing to one four teams in the state (Franklinville, North Collins, Portville) after a season-opening Myrtle Beach trip.

While leading a strong C-LV defensive infield, Wulf hit .472 (.736 OBP) with 18 RBI, three home runs, three triples and nine stolen bases.

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