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Cohen, teammates honored for big seasons

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By Travis Jenkins

She’s an all-star and all-state performer but those aren’t even the most impressive things on Ja’Nautica Cohen’s resume.

The Chester softball standout just put the wraps on a magnificent career for the Lady Cyclones. During the recently completed 2018 season, in which Chester made its first district finals appearance in a decade, Cohen hit .588 with five home runs, eight doubles and 34 RBI. Her slugging percentage was .926 and she had an on-base percentage of .699. Cohen only struck out three times all season. She didn’t just shine at  the plate, either, committing only three errors all season from her spot at third base.

Those stats made Cohen an easy pick for Region IV-AAA Player of the Year, the second time in three years that a Chester player has won the award (Elizabeth “B” Josey won it in 2016). On top of that, she was a AAA All-State selection and was tabbed to participate in the North-South All-Star contest.

According to Chester Softball Coach Chris Dodson, Cohen has softball scholarship offers from 10 schools. Academically speaking, she probably has her pick of many, many more. Cohen is in the top 25 of her class with a 4.3 GPA, she is a three-year member of the Beta Club and was a junior marshal last year. She accomplished all that while being a three-sport athlete for her entire high school career.

Cohen was not the only Lady Cyclone to earn some major honors recently. Shortstop Savannah Garcia, utility player Zoe Mapp-Brown and pitcher Gloria Williams were all named to the IV-AAA All-Region team. All three were major contributors in helping Chester to a second place region finish and a trip to the district finals.