Haley McGowen

Tellico Plains’ Haley McGowen squares up one of the two home runs she hit in the Class A Sectional game last season at Unaka High School. McGowen hit 4-5 in the Lady Bears’ 10-8 season-ending loss.

Haley McGowen’s contributions to Tellico Plains softball this past season didn’t go unnoticed.

The former Lady Bears senior has been named to the 2019 Tennessee Sports Writers Association Class A All-State softball team, rewarding McGowen for a season that saw her serve as one of Tellico’s key weapons.

McGowen was threat offensively all year, particularly during Tellico’s season-ending loss to Unaka in the Class A sectional game. She went 4-for-5 and blasted two homers.

McGowen also provided leadership for the Lady Bears as part of a strong senior class that also featured Ireland Whitmire, Kelsie Jones and MacKenzie Armstrong.

Tellico Plains notched a 16-15 overall record and finished as the runner-up for both the District 4-A and Region 2-A titles. The loss to Unaka in sectionals left the Lady Bears just one game away from advancing to the state tournament.

“It’s been a great group this year,” Tellico head coach Sharon McKinnon said in May. “It’s been a fun season. We just wanted to punch that ticket.”

Tellico will have to adequately replace McGowen and her senior peers this season if the Lady Bears hope to improve in a Monroe County softball scene that also features talent-filled programs in Sweetwater and Sequoyah.

“We’re going to rebuild and come out next season,” McKinnon said.

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