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High school softball: 2013 Deseret News MVPs led, inspired their teams to considerable success

Published: Monday, Aug. 3 2015 7:49 p.m. MDT

Salem Hills pitcher Kirtlyn Bohling screams in celebration as her team plays Box Elder Tuesday, May 21, 2013 in 4A softball action. Salem Hills won 6-2. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News) Salem Hills pitcher Kirtlyn Bohling screams in celebration as her team plays Box Elder Tuesday, May 21, 2013 in 4A softball action. Salem Hills won 6-2. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

Leaders are often defined not only by their own talent but by their ability to bring out the best in those around them.

The 2013 Deseret News softball MVPs weren’t just some of the state's most skilled athletes. They all led their teams to success by inspiring those around them to find the best in themselves.

Whether it was offering encouraging words, strategic tips, a calming influence or acting as an example of hard work and dedication, Copper Hills' Ashley Clayson, Salem Hills' Kirtlyn Bohling, Stansbury's Jocelyn Kaufman and Enterprise's Dakota Robinson did whatever was necessary for their teams to succeed.

As a result, the two catchers and two pitchers have been named this year's MVPs of their respective classifications.

Stansbury's Jocelyn Kaufman holds her team's trophy after the Stallions defeated Spanish Fork for the 3A state softball title at the Fields at Little Valley in St. George on Saturday, May 18, 2013. (Trevor Christensen, The Spectrum & Daily News) Stansbury's Jocelyn Kaufman holds her team's trophy after the Stallions defeated Spanish Fork for the 3A state softball title at the Fields at Little Valley in St. George on Saturday, May 18, 2013. (Trevor Christensen, The Spectrum & Daily News)

Click here to view the individual stories of each 2013 Deseret News softball MVP.

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