BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Adding to her ever-growing list of awards, Kankakee Valley 2019 graduate Maddie Swart was named the Most Valuable Player of the annual North-South All-Star softball game played on Saturday, June 22. Swart went 1-for-2 in the game while notching a run and two RBI’s as her North team won 9 – 4 over the rival South team.

The game, sponsored by the Indiana Coaches Girls Softball Association, faced some weather-related changes this year. Originally set as two seven-inning games, it was decided early Saturday morning that it would instead be played as one nine-inning game, starting three hours later than the first game had originally been scheduled. That change placed 21 girls on each roster and severely limited playing time and at-bats. The coaches rotated the girls every couple of innings in the field

The award capped a stellar high-school athletic career for Swart, who has led the Lady Kougars both at the plate and in the field. She leaves KV with a .466 career batting average with 151 runs scored, 89 RBI’s, 41 doubles and 14 triples and has played catcher, out-fielder and shortstop as needed by Coach Brian Flynn. She has played on two state runner-up teams in softball and is also a standout in basketball. She was named to the Indiana All-State Second-Team and Northwest Crossroads Conference First Team, as well as being named to the All-Academic team for her classroom work.

Swart, who will continue her softball career at Purdue University-Fort Wayne played against future Mastodon teammate Mariah Grant of New Albany in southern Indiana. Other local players named to the North team included Lake Central’s Jenna Towle and Olivia Peterson, Chesterton’s Lexi Benko, Crown Point’s Caitlyn Phillips and Valparaiso’s Peyton Zahm.

Swart was the seventh Lady Kougar softball player to ever be named to the North-South All-Star roster.