Coaches have voted five Lady Longhorns to prestigious All-East teams comprised of the finest softball players from the six-team region.
Rylee Halenar and Taylor Petersen were named to the first team and Kelsey Waugh and Devann Runzo were tapped to the second team.
Honorable mention honors went to Cami Barnett and Natalie Black.
Halenar, a fiery senior, has been a steadying influence in the Lady Horn line-up for three seasons.
Capable of playing almost any position on the field including being a steady centerfielder, she was known for her slap hitting from the lead off spot in the lineup.
In a state tournament 3-2 loss to Florence, which ended the 2011 season for the Lady Horns, Halenar was 2-for-4 at the plate on an evening when the entire team had only seven hits.
Petersen, a sophomore catcher who battled knee problems most of the season, slugged a school record 12 home runs in 2010.
While she didn’t break that mark this past season, coaches lauded her this year for her newfound consistency and ability to put the bat on the ball.
For both Halenar and Petersen, the honor marked the second successive year both were named All-East first team.
Petersen was also a 3A All-State selection in 2010 and is expected to be a strong candidate to be selected again when the honorees are announced next week.
Most impressive about Runzo making the All-East team is that she is only a freshman with three more years of eligibility remaining.
With her on the mound, the Lady Horns are staring into a bright, bright future.
Runzo’s most impressive outing might have been in the state tournament loss to Santa Cruz. In it, she totally dominated SC hitters, giving up just one hit.
Waugh held down the hot corner in the Lady Horn defense and has been lauded by assistant coach Kadi Tenney as a steady and dependable infielder.
In the all-region voting, East champion Snowflake led all teams in players selected with four, including “Player of the Year” Tori Hill. Show Low had three players chosen.
Snowflake’s Cody Thomas was named “Coach of the Year.”