Russell plays for Ohio All Stars


Greenville High School graduate Ally Russell played for the Ohio All Stars against the USA Junior Women’s National Team.

GREENVILLE – Greenville’s Ally Russell competed for the Ohio All Stars against the USA Junior Women’s National Team this past week.

Russell and other top players from across Ohio took on the junior national team in a doubleheader on June 18 in Ashland. Like Russell, most of her Ohio teammates just graduated high school while the national team players were college players, mostly from the Pac-12 Conference or Southeastern Conference.

“It was very cool,” Russell said. “It was kind of scary at first because they were all college players.”

Russell got to hit against the national team and also pitched a scoreless inning.

“It was very nerve-racking at first,” she said. “It was cool to even be on the same field as some of those players.”

Getting to play against such tough competition was a blessing for the Greenville High School graduate. It let her see what she can handle and what she needs to work on as she prepares to play for Wright State University.

“I got a little more confident I think,” Russell said.

Russell also recently was named first team all-North Region by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. This is the third consecutive season that she was named first team all-region by the NFCA.

“Very, very awesome,” she said.

Russell was one of 16 girls to be named first team all-North Region. She was joined by players from Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. The Greenville graduate was one of four pitchers to make the region’s first team.

Ohio led the way with nine players on the North Region’s first team. Brecksville-Broadview Heights, Champion, Keystone, Lakota West and Tinora were the other Ohio schools to have players earn first team all-region honors.

NFCA all-region

North Region First Team

Position Name High School

Pitcher Ally Russell Greenville High School (Ohio)

Pitcher Keenan Dolezal Barrington High School (Ill.)

Pitcher Lauren Shaw Keystone High School (Ohio)

Pitcher Meghan Beaubien St. Mary Catholic Central Monroe High School (Mich.)

Catcher Carlee Selle Reese High School (Mich.)

Catcher Destiny Weber Keystone High School (Ohio)

First Base Marisa Brown Lakota West High School (Ohio)

Second Base Alexis Mack Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School (Ohio)

Third Base Sammie Stefan Keystone High School (Ohio)

Shortstop Summer Constable Keystone High School (Ohio)

Outfield Ali Cheek Tinora High School (Ohio)

Outfield Elaina Latz Lemont High School (Ill.)

Outfield McKenzie Zigmont Champion High School (Ohio)

Utility Kaylen Krueger Green Bay Preble High School (Wis.)

At-Large/SS Rachel Virira Clarkston High School (Mich.)

At-Large/SS Alli Davis Mt. Zion High School (Ill.)

North Region Second Team

Position Name High School

Pitcher Angie Marrow Kaneland High School (Ill.)

Pitcher Celine Podlesney Hazleton Area High School (Penn.)

Pitcher Haylee Gardiner Champion High School (Ohio)

Pitcher Kelly Geringer Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School (Ohio)

Catcher Paige Kuefler Kaneland High School (Ill.)

Catcher Rachel Macdonald Barrington High School (Ill.)

First Base Kaylee Francois Green Bay Preble High School (Wis.)

Second Base Maria Trivelpiece Hazleton Area High School (Penn.)

Third Base Meg Cohrs Kaneland High School (Ill.)

Shortstop Alexis Solak Naperville North High School (Ill.)

Utility Madyson Piche Sault Area High School (Mich.)

At-Large/C Mayson Riley Loogootee Community High School (Ind.)

At-Large/2B Maddy Vermejan Lemont High School (Ill.)

At-Large/3B Kaylee Roles Reese High School (Mich.)

At-Large/SS Olivia Logan Riverview Community High School (Mich.)

At-Large/SS Tiffany Fairchild Tinora High School (Ohio)

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