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One of the Lady Longhorns finest softball players has been selected to be a member of an elite fast-pitch softball team that will represent the USA in overseas tournaments.

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Sarah Cadd, a junior at Payson High School, has been selected to participate on a Coast to Coast softball team that will travel to Australia and Hawaii.

Junior Sarah Cadd was chosen to be a member of the Coast to Coast Softball team following a tryout held last month in Anthem.

The all-star team she is a member of will compete next fall in Australia and Hawaii against junior national and amateur softball teams.

Coast to Coast Executive Softball Director Shelly Koehler said Cadd and others at the Anthem tryouts were evaluated in four areas -- hitting, fielding, catching, arm strength and speed.

"Each year Coast to Coast sees 500 to 800 players at a series of nationwide tryouts," she said. "From this pool, approximately 100 roster spots, comprising seven to eight teams, are filled with players seeking to play at the highest levels."

Coast to Coast is a five-year-old program based in Marietta, Ohio, that has taken more than 300 players from 25 different states to compete in Belgium, Netherlands, Hawaii and Australia.

As a member of the Lady Longhorn varsity, Cadd led the team to the 2006 Class 3A state tournament final four. There the Lady Horns were eliminated by a 2-1 heartbreaking loss to Florence.

During the fray, Cadd was the only prep player to slug two home runs.

For her efforts, she was named to the Arizona State All-tournament team.

In addition to playing high school softball, Cadd plays club softball in the Valley area.

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