The good news: Warren Area High School saw two of its players named to the Pennsylvania Softball Coaches Association Class AAA All-State Team.
The better news: both have one more year on the diamond for the Lady Dragons.
Kaitlin Ishman and Alexa Bupp were named to the first and second teams, respectively, in Class AAA after a banner year for the Warren juniors. The duo made the list for the second time after Bupp was a first-team pitcher and Ishman a second-team second baseman in 2012. For their efforts in 2013, both girls were honored as first team members of District 10's Region 7 all-star squad at the end of the season.
"Obviously I am very happy and proud of both girls, and extremely happy that the program has again received this recognition," said Warren coach Mark Bupp, whose Dragons were co-Region 7 champions with state-qualifying Fort LeBoeuf. "It speaks to not only these girls efforts, but also to that of their teammates."
Ishman was a catalyst for the Lady Dragons' offense, batting .537 with four home runs, 17 RBI, and 32 runs scored hitting in the leadoff spot.
"(Kaitlin) is a gifted athlete with a lot of ability," said Bupp. "As a leadoff hitter, she has the ability to set the tone for the rest of our team and she does that well."
Alexa Bupp was a force both in the pitching circle and at the plate for Warren, and was named Region 7's pitcher of the year for the second straight season. The junior compiled a 15-2 record with a 0.55 earned run average while throwing all but one game for the Lady Dragons. In 102 innings, she racked up 137 strikeouts to just 18 walks, and allowed only eight earned runs on 49 hits.
"(Alexa) deals with a lot being the daughter of the coach, and she handles it well," said coach Bupp. "She is also blessed with ability and has done a great job in a leadership role with our team."
Ishman and Bupp were instrumental in leading Warren to another fantastic season, in which they finished as the District 10 runner-up after falling to Fort LeBoeuf in an extra inning championship game. The Lady Dragons outscored opponents 182-13 on their way to an overall record of 16-2, and finished in a tie for the top spot in Region 7 with an 11-1 league mark. Ishman and Bupp will be at the forefront of a team that returns six starters in 2014.
"Both girls have worked hard at their games and both love to compete," said coach Bupp. "It is a pleasure working with them everyday we step on the field together."
Along with Ishman and Bupp, District 10 saw eight additional players named to the all-state teams; Raven Rozantz (Fairview), Kayla Kupniewski (Harbor Creek), Amanda Krolczyk (Fort LeBoeuf), Jolene Young (Fort LeBoeuf), Arianna Hanley (Saegertown), and Rachel DiBartolomeo (Saegertown) were first-team selections in their respective classifications, while Joanna Ragen (Iroquois) and Tara Carone (McDowell) were second-teamers.