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Southwest Wake Athletic all-conference softball team, 2016

Fuquay-Varina's Ashlyn Long throws to first base during a high school softball game against Panther Creek in Fuquay-Varina, N.C. on Wednesday, May 4, 2016.
Fuquay-Varina's Ashlyn Long throws to first base during a high school softball game against Panther Creek in Fuquay-Varina, N.C. on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. newsobserver.com

League champion Fuquay-Varina dominated the Southwest Wake Athletic Conference softball all-conference awards as senior Ashlyn Long won player of the year and coach Deb Clarke earned coach of the year.

Fuquay-Varina (19-4, 14-2) won 10 straight games to close the regular season. Fuquay also placed Cathan Soto on the first team and Taylor Smith and Cassidy Keith on the second team.

Every team in the SWAC had at least one player go all-conference.

Apex (17-4, 12-3*) had Shelby Poliachik and Julia Cerasi on the first team and Kaitlyn Long on the second team.

Holly Springs (13-8, 11-5) put Alyssa Green and Ashton Jones on the first team.

Panther Creek (15-7, 10-6) led all teams with three representatives on the first team in Rachel Johnson, Sarah Aukamp and Cassidy Somers.

Middle Creek (13-9, 9-6*) placed Gianna Gravius on the first team and Devin Wallace on the second team.

Apex Friendship (5-11, 5-11) had Alyssa Yarem on the second team in its inaugural year.

Also on the second team were Katelyn Ellard of Green Hope (10-10, 8-8) and Erica Hayes of Cary (1-19, 1-15).

The sole representative for Athens Drive (1-18, 1-15) was Melanie Darges on the second team.

*Note: Apex and Middle Creek did not play twice.

SWAC all-conference softball team

Player of the Year: Ashlyn Long, Fuquay-Varina

Coach of the Year: Deb Clarke, Fuquay-Varina

First team

Ashlyn Long, senior, Fuquay-Varina

Shelby Poliachik, junior, Apex

Cassidy Somers, junior, Panther Creek

Julia Cerasi, senior, Apex

Rachel Johnson, junior, Panther Creek

Gianna Gravius, sophomore, Middle Creek

Alyssa Green, senior, Holly Springs

Sarah Aukamp, junior, Panther Creek

Ahston Jones, senior, Holly Springs

Cathan Soto, sophomore, Fuquay-Varina

Second team

Devin Wallace, senior, Middle Creek

Melanie Darges, junior, Athens Drive

Kaitlyn Long, senior, Apex

Lily Morris, senior, Middle Creek

Alyssa Yarem, sophomore, Apex Friendship

Katelyn Ellard, junior, Green Hope

Taylor Smith, sophomore, Fuquay-Varina

Erica Hayes, senior, Cary

Cassidy Keith, senior, Fuquay-Varina

Lindsay Mitchell, senior, Holly Springs

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