AMES, Iowa – Three incoming Iowa State freshmen earned All-State honors given by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association. Outfielder Allie Ferguson (North Mahaska) was named to the 2A all-state second team, while pitcher Riley Fisher (Des Moines East) and infielder Aly Cappaert (Ankeny) each earned first-team 5A honors.
Ferguson’s senior campaign was highlighted by a .461 batting average and a selection to the IGCA 2A all-state second team. Throughout her high school career, she accrued multiple all-conference honors as well as all-district and all-state selections. Her 22 stolen bases in 2011 are the best in her school’s history. She also stands second in both runs scored (47) and hits (56).
Fisher adds the all-state honors to an already impressive list of accomplishments from her high school career. She was named the Gatorade Iowa Player of the Year as a hurler for the Des Moines East High School Scarlets. Her 1.35 earned run average led the Scarlets to the lowest team ERA among all 5A teams. A four-time first-team All-CIML Conference and All-District selection, Fisher became a first-team All-State selection for the third time. In her 2011 season, she was named the Iowa Pitcher of the Year, Wheaties Player of the Year and led her team to the state title. Fisher also earned multiple NFPCA All American Scholar Athlete honors.
Throughout her high school career, Aly Cappaert collected many honors and records. She leaves Ankeny High School holding single season marks for doubles (21), home runs (13), runs batted in (51) and walks (70). Cappaert has also been named a three-time first-team All-CIML performer and two-time all-state first-team selection. In 2011, she was named the Class 4A Co-Player of the Year as her team finished runner-up in the state tournament. This season, along with her all-state first-team selection, she was named the IGCA Class 5A Player of the Year, as she led Ankeny to the state title, batting .544 throughout the season.