The arm of Macy Emgarten helped lead Exira-EHK to an unbeaten regular season and Rolling Valley Conference championship, and the Spartans to the Iowa Class 1A regional championship game.

The Spartans didn’t make the state tournament, but five all-RVC selections, mainly underclassmen, give coach Andrea Nulle’s team plenty of firepower for the future.

Emgarten, one of three first-team selections, compiled a 15-1 record on the year with a 1.31 ERA. Joining her on the first team were Shay Burmeister and Kami Waymire.

A trio from CAM also made the RVC’s first team, which was announced Wednesday: infielder Grace Kauffmann, outfielder Allison Spieker and utility player Marissa Spieker. The Cougars finished fourth in the league with a 12-7 record and appears poised to move up in the standings.

On the second team Exira-EHK had outfielder Alisa Partridge and utility player Quinn Grubbs. CAM had Helen Riker at pitcher and Maddie Holtz in the infield.

All-Rolling Valley

Conference Softball

First team

Pitcher: Macy Emgarten, CAM; Emily McIntosh, West Harrison. Catcher: Hannah Kraus, Ar-We-Va. Infield: Shay Burmeister, Exira-EHK; Kami Waymire, Exira-EHK; Grace Kauffmann, CAM; Talia Schon, Glidden-Ralson. Outfield: Alex Niedermyer, Woodbine; Chloe Gilgen, West Harrison; Allison Spieker, CAM. Utility: Marissa Spieker, CAM; Haley Koch, West Harrison.

Second team

Pitcher: Helen Riker, CAM; Cora McAlister, Coon Rapids-Bayard. Catcher: Jozey Gump, Glidden-Ralston. Infield: Lexie Davis, Coon Rapids-Bayard; Haleigh Rife, West Harrison; Maddie Holtz, CAM; Sara Schurke, Ar-We-Va. Outfield: Grace Moores, Woodbine; Macy Snyder, Glidden-Ralston; Alisa Partridge, Exira-EHK. Utility: Jayden Smith, Ar-We-Va; Quinn Grubbs, Exira-EHK.

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