Bell’s big year brings honor as state’s best
by Carlton D. White
December 07, 2012 01:17 AM | 3881 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Malea Bell
Malea Bell
How good is Kennesaw Mountain infielder Malea Bell? Her awards mantel pretty much tells the story.

The junior, who has started for the Lady Mustangs since her freshman year, was a first-team all-region and all-county pick in 2010, while also earning second-team all-state accolades.

Last year, she was once again selected as first-team all-region and all-county, while also improving to first-team all-state.

Things got better from there.

At the conclusion of the 2012 season, the junior not only picked up first-team all-region and all-county honors for the third straight year, she was also named the Region 4AAAAAA and Marietta Daily Journal player of the year.

But the pinnacle of Bell’s season came recently when she was named the Class AAAAAA state player of the year by the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association. She headlined a group of 17 Cobb County players selected to the all-state teams.

“I was pretty shocked when I found out,” Bell said. “It’s an awesome feeling. I worked so hard to get to this point, and I couldn’t have done it without the help of my coaches and teammates and parents. It’s just an amazing feeling to be the state player of the year.”

Bell became the third county player to earn state player of the year awards in as many years, joining Kell’s Kelsey Mericka (AAAA) in 2010 and Hillgrove’s Maisie Steed (AAAAA) in 2011.

“Cobb County has so many talented players,” said Bell, who has committed to the College of Charleston. “Kelsey ended up going to Virginia Tech and Maisie’s playing at Kentucky. To think that I’ve gotten this far and reached this goal, and I still have another year left, is just amazing.”

Bell was a key reason for Kennesaw Mountain’s success in 2012. She led the team in several categories, including batting average (.414), runs scored (49), RBIs (38), home runs (10), and hits (48) from the lead-off position, while helping the Lady Mustangs to a team-record 33-win season, a Region 4AAAAAA championship and a finish as the Class AAAAAA state runner-up.

Joining Bell as Class AAAAAA first-team all-state honorees were two of her teammates, Rebekah Farris and Amanda Hallman, and Lassiter’s Mackenzie Kayler.

On the second team were Kennesaw Mountain’s Kimmie Strebe, Lassiter’s Carli Kayler and Kelly Sinclair and South Cobb’s Becky Collins. Honorable-mention honors went to Kennesaw Mountain’s Chandler Stooksbury and Lassiter’s Veronica Ulicny.

In Class AAAAA, first-team all-state honors went to Allatoona’s Jessica Finch and Morgan Kazerooni and Pope’s Kelly Barnhill, Laura Beall and Jenna Reilly.

Earning Class AAAAA second-team honors were Allatoona’s Bailey Crawford and Kell’s Allie Sheffield.
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