Lady Longhorn softball players were noticeably absent when the Class 1A-3A Arizona North vs. South All-Star game was contested June 7 at Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher.
Although no members of the PHS team were selected to play in the annual celestial clash, nine athletes represented the East region from Snowflake, Show Low and Round Valley.
Among the Snowflake all-star contingent was Karina Haught who attended Payson High School before transferring two years ago to SHS.
Show Low had four -- the largest number of all-stars of any school participating.
While the Lady Horns were shut out in all-star selection, the team did have four players named to All-East region teams.
On the first team were Candice Johnson and Sarah Cadd.
Hannah Palandri was named to the second team and Aubrey Laird received honorable mention accolades.
All four girls graduated with the PHS class of 2008.
For Johnson, her selection to the first team marked the third successive season she has received the region's highest honor.
As a sophomore, she had a season most players only dream about.
In addition to being named all-state and all-region, Johnson was chosen to the Class 3A Arizona State Tournament team after posting a .670 ERA in three games she pitched in the finals.
During the regular season, Johnson led the team in hitting with a .473 average and had a 14-7 record as a hurler.
Her pitching and hitting helped lead the Lady Longhorns to the final four of the state tournament.
That was the closest any PHS softball team has come to reaching the championship game.
During the course of her career, she has also been named to several all-tournament teams for both her pitching and hitting.
Cadd's selection to the first team marks the culmination of a successful senior season during which she built a reputation as one of the finest hitters and defenders in the East.
Playing catcher, she hit at a .538 clip and was among the team leaders in RBIs, home runs and extra base hits.
"She has a great time playing the game and is really confident in her abilities," said coach Will Dunman. "She always gives every game her all."
At midseason, Dunman and assistant coach Kadi Tenney showed enough confidence in Cadd to allow her to call Johnson's pitches.
"She did a really good job," Tenney said.
Both Cadd and Johnson are planning on continuing their softball careers next season on the collegiate level.