Mount Shasta High School sophomore Sydney Cross is the first player from Siskiyou County – and one of the few from the Northern Section – to ever receive All-America recognition since the National Fastpitch Coaches Association began its lists in 1994.

Mount Shasta’s Sydney Cross is one of 16 players from across the country chosen for the 2015 National Fastpitch Coaches Association First Team All-America high school softball list.

Cross is the first player from Siskiyou County – and one of the few from the Northern Section – to ever be chosen since the NFCA began its All-America lists in 1994.

“It’s hard to believe,” Cross said Thursday afternoon before leaving town to play a tournament in Portland, Ore., with her summer travel team.

She was previously selected by the NFCA as All-West Region and was named to the All-Northern Section First Team after playing catcher as a sophomore on Mount Shasta’s 2015 undefeated league championship team.

Mount Shasta sophomore is All-West Region, All-Section in softball

In all, 48 players from 40 schools are represented on the NFCA All-America first, second and third teams.

Cross is joined on the All America First Team by Mia Camuso of Shasta High School in Redding, who was named the Northern Section’s 2015 MVP. The only other player from California on the All America First Team is Shelbi Sunseri of Santa Fe High. Other first team players are from Texas (four), New Jersey (two), Montana, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Ohio, Arizona and Alabama.

Three other players from California were recognized, one from Clovis on the second team, another from Clovis on the third team and one from Burbank on the third team.

The NFCA High School All-America teams are selected by a committee of member head coaches from the pool of players who earned first team All-Region recognition in five high school regions, according to the website: https://nfca.org.

An article on the website about the 2015 All America team credits Cross for her .612 batting average with 60 hits, 11 doubles, 11 homers, 57 RBI, 50 runs scored, a .650 on base percentage and 1.087 slugging percentage during the spring of 2015.

Cross is in the midst of a whirlwind part of her summer travel season. Sandwiched between two consecutive weekend tournaments in Portland, she attended a softball camp this week at St. Mary’s College in Moraga.

She plays catcher and third base, but mostly catcher, for the All-American Mizuno 16U team coached by Richard Walker.

Her summer teammates are mostly from southern Oregon and the Redding-Red Bluff area. Last summer, she was a member of the All-American Mizuno 14U team that went to the nationals.

Deer Park High School in Texas led all teams in the country with three players on the 2015 All America team. Schools with two representatives each were The Woodlands High School (Texas), Mt. St. Dominic Academy (N.J.), Clovis High School (Calif.), Papillion-LaVista High School (Neb.), Keystone High School (Ohio) and Bridgewater-Raynham High School (Mass.).

More of this story to come.