Three softball standouts gain All-State honors

Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Spirit Lake shortstop Paige Krause makes a throw to first base to try to get a putout earlier this season during a road game at Spencer.

Three Dickinson County softball standouts gained statewide attention for their performances on the field by landing on the 2013 Iowa Girls Coaches Association All-State softball teams.

Paige Krause and Alissa Christoffer were both second-team selections in Class 3A.

In Class 1A, Harris-Lake Park's Noreen Morrow was named to honorable mention squad.

Christoffer led the Lakes Conference with a .491 average and .548 on-base percentage her senior season. She ranked first in the conference in hits (54), runs scored (39) and stolen bases (36). The left-handed slap hitter also drove in 14 RBI.

"I was 100 percent pleased with Alissa's effort and performance this entire season," said Spirit Lake coach Rachel Gerking. "She knew she only had one season left and she wanted to be the absolute best that she could possibly be. She wanted to be the slapper that could bunt, slap or hit it through the infield when they're playing to far in. She did that and more."

The senior speedster set a new school record with her 36 steals and ended up with a 24-game hitting streak to start the season. She also flashed plenty of glove while putting her wheels on display in center field.

Alissa Christoffer

"She's the fastest girl I've ever seen run the bases at any level; it's unbelievable," Gerking said. "She's obviously playing soccer in college, but if that didn't work out she could play softball anywhere. You don't have to have speed to play, but if you do have it, the coach will find a place for you on the team."

Krause batted .462 with four home runs and 40 RBI in her final season donning red and white. She finished second on the team with 48 hits, which included four triples and nine doubles. Krause also had an impressive .504 on-base mark.

"Paige is better than me when I was in high school I feel like, probably not statically, but if I was coaching against Paige I would never want to throw to her," said Gerking. "She is a threat every single time she's up to bat. She's one of the best players that will ever put on a Spirit Lake softball jersey and she has been since eighth grade. She will be missed terribly. She also makes plays at shortstop that most people could never even dream of. Most people wouldn't be able to make those plays in left field foul territory or up the middle that are usually an automatic base hit. She's an incredibly strong girl that knows how to play the game of softball."

Noreen Morrow

Krause clubbed 13 homers and drove in 61 RBI as a junior and had eight homers and 58 RBI as a sophomore to go down as one of the best hitters in school history.

Morrow capped off her junior year by hitting a league-best .447 with an impressive .803 slugging mark. 17 of her 36 hits went for extra bases with her clubbing four home runs and 13 doubles.

Krause and Christoffer will also named to the Class 3A West All-District team by the IGCA, while Morrow earned a spot on the Class 1A Northwest squad.

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