Lady Bucs mark successful season
By Kevin Miller
Ranger-Review Staff Writer
The Lady Buccaneers completed another successful season under fourth year head coach Jim LeProwse. The Dawson Community College squad’s season ended in the regional championship against Central Community College from Columbus, Nebraska. Despite ending the season with this loss the Bucs had an outstanding season, finishing with a 28-18 overall win-loss record.
Dawson did repeat as Mon-Dak Conference champions with a 16-2 conference record. This was the third consecutive year the team has won the Mon-Dak title. The Buccaneers also had five players earn individual awards.
Jamie Aiken, a sophomore from Ogden, Utah was named Mon-Dak MVP pitcher for the 2014 season. Bryce Mitchell and McKenzie Bassett, both from Wellsville, Utah made the all-conference team. Alissa Keeler from Great Falls and Justine Taylor from Belgrade joined Aiken, Bassett and Mitchell as Mon-Dak all-conference selections. LeProwse was named Coach of the Year in the Mon-Dak for the third consecutive year.
The Lady Bucs also had players that received acknowledgement for their Region IX play. Bassett, Aiken, Keeler and Mitchell were all named to the All-Region team for their play during the season. There were four DCC players that were named to the All-Region Tournament team. Jackie Thomas from Billings Senior High School in Billings made it on to this All-Tourney team as did Aiken, Keeler and Bassett.
In 2014 the Buccaneers had a .383 team batting average and set a school record with 47 homeruns in their 46 games. Keeler paced the Lady Bucs with 15 homers, also a single-season record at Dawson. Mitchell had held the record with 12 homeruns that she had hit last year. Mitchell has the career school record with 20.
Justine Taylor was a tear on the base paths. She stole 25 bases in 25 attempts this year. This gives her a two-year total of 59 stolen bases. Taylor was only thrown out once in her two years at DCC.
Coach LeProwse noted after the season, “Dawson will return 13 players to next year’s team and we will also have some very talented freshmen coming in. It will be exciting to see what we can do in 2014-2015.”
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