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Penn senior pitcher Mackenzie Joecken winds up. Elkhart Memorial hosted Penn High School in a softball game at Charger Field on Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Elkhart. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)
Penn's Joecken, Marian's Young share NIC softball MVP
Posted on June 10, 2014 at 7:21 p.m.

SOUTH BEND — Penn High School senior pitcher Mackenzie Joecken and champion Marian High School senior outfielder Cassie Young have been named co-MVPs for the 2014 Northern Indiana Conference softball season.

Besides Joecken and Cassie Young, the first team features Penn junior infielder Monica Smith, Penn sophomore outfielder Addison Pixley, Marian senior infielder Jamie Young, Marian junior outfielder Kelsey Keilman and Marian freshman designated hitter Brooke Stoltz.

Their peers named Marian's George Grenert and St. Joseph's Earl Keith as co-NIC Coaches of the Year.

ALL-NIC SOFTBALL

First team: P — sr. Mackenzie Joecken (Penn), jr. Anna Irons (St. Joseph). C — jr. Veronica Rodriguez (Clay). IF — sr. Jamie Young (Marian), jr. Kelly Welsh (St. Joseph), jr. Monica Smith (Penn), sr. Hailey Allison (Mishawaka), sr. Tess Swain (Clay). OF — sr. Cassie Young (Marian), jr. Kelsey Keilman (Marian), so. Addison Pixley (Penn). Utility — sr. Kristi Kirkpatrick (Riley). DH — fr. Brooke Stoltz (Marian).

Second team: P — jr. Brooke Vermesse (Clay), fr. Danielle Watson (Penn). C — jr. Rachel Cole (St. Joseph). IF — so. Alyssa Gutierrez (St. Joseph), so. Megan Bonk (Adams), jr. Maggie Gillis (St. Joseph), jr. Dezeray Watts (Washington). OF — jr. Kasha Payne (Washington), sr. Shelby Smith (Mishawaka), so. Brittney Martens (Adams), sr. Brittney VanderHoek (Elkhart Central). Utility — jr. Shannon McCarthy (Marian). DH — jr. Kaley Mrozinski (St. Joseph).

Area honorable mention: Elkhart Central — sr. IF Kate Cobb. Penn — fr. OF Maddie Newman, fr. OF Katie Quinlan. Marian — jr. C Megan Sink, sr. IF Devin Smith, fr. IF Megan Riba.

NIC co-MVPs: Mackenzie Joecken (Penn), Cassie Young (Marian).

NIC co-Coaches of the Year: George Grenert (Marian), Earl Keith (St. Joseph).

Final NIC standings: Marian 7-1, Clay 6-2, St. Joseph 6-2, Riley 5-3, Penn 5-3, Mishawaka 3-5, Adams 2-6, Elkhart Central 1-7, Washington 1-7.