Eastern Arizona College softball coach Kate McCluskey traveled to Payson from Thatcher May 23 to accept National Letters of Intent from Payson High seniors LeeAnn Owens and Brandi Waugh.
Owens and Waugh will attend EAC in the fall and participate in the school's softball program.
"Recruiting from the Payson program this year brings discipline, dedication and commitment from its players," Coach McCluskey said. "Coach Dunman's program is a highly disciplined program and both of these athletes are expected to make immediate contributions in their respective positions."
Owens, who played first base for the Lady Longhorns, led the team offensively with a .427 batting average and a .552 on-base percentage, was named to the 3A East All-Region team. Owens' scholarship covers room, meals, tuition and books.
Waugh, known for her speed as the Lady Horns center fielder, had an offensive batting average of .368, however, led the team with an on-base percentage of .595. Waugh's scholarship covers room, tuition and books. She and Owens have already secured a room together at EAC.
Dunman, who has coached Waugh and Owens since they were freshmen, could only beam with pride over the girls accomplishments.
"It was awesome," Dunman said. "For them to continue to play on the college level is a tribute to how hard they have worked and the example they have set on and off the field."
Waugh and Owens ended the season with their teammates at a banquet May 22.
Dunman honored his players with a slide-show of pictures taken throughout the season. He also announced the 3A East Region awards.
Joining Owens as a first-team all-region player, were junior pitcher Rachel Ray, with a record of 9-4, and sophomore pitcher Brenda Zumbro, 16-3, who took command of the mound following an injury to Ray that took her out of the game late in the season.
Seniors Brooke McRae, Jennifer Plumb and Brandi Waugh were named to the second team while senior Brittany Boyes and junior Trista Carlton received honorable mention.
Dunman, assisted by some of his varsity players, will be holding softball clinics throughout the summer beginning June, 5. The clinics will be open to all young ladies ages eight and up. They will be held Wednesdays starting at about 8 p.m., or as soon as the last softball game ends at the high school field.
The clinics are free and will feature techniques in hitting, fielding, pitching and catching.
For more information contact Parks and Rec at 474-5242, ext. 7 or Dunman at 472-2266.