The Lady Longhorns will be well represented when the Arizona Coaches Association North vs. South All-Star Volleyball game is played June 8, 2013 at Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher.
Kaitlyn Wessel, Megan Wessel and Emma Randall, all PHS seniors, were tapped to play in the annual celestial clash in a season-ending voting of Division III coaches.
PHS coach Arnold Stonebrink is beaming over the selection of the trio to one of the most prestigious games in which a high school athlete can play.
“I’m thrilled for all of them, especially Kaitlyn, who missed out on other postseason honors, but was as valuable as any other member of our team and was as good as girls around the state who received postseason honors,” Stonebrink said. “She hit the second highest ever for me as a right side hitter and also tied for second best serve receiving ever.”
The player she tied was Megan, her twin sister.
Kaitlyn racked up very impressive statistics last season including 59 kills, 10 blocks and 35 aces. She was also a team leader in digs and serve receiving.
Megan was also impressive, finishing with 45 aces, 48 kills and a .61 serve receiving mark.
Earlier this year, Megan and Randall received Division III All-State honorable mention recognition from the Arizona Republic. Megan was also named to the Division III, Section I second team.
Randall, who shined as a hitter, might have turned in her finest moments during the Snowflake tournament, finishing with 44 kills.
Very early in the season, just after a win over Snowflake, Stonebrink predicted Randall was going to improve as the campaign wore on. “She is going to be a work horse for us and she was as strong at the finish as she was at the start of the match.”
Randall had excelled in the win, finishing with a whopping 57 spikes, turning 24 of them into kills. She also committed just seven errors.
She wrapped up the season ranked 11th in Division II in kills per set and was the team leader in kills with 289.
By being selected to the all-star game, the PHS trio joins previous Lady Horn all stars including Jenna Robertson, Cydney Figueroa, Laughlin Potvin, Desi Burris, Michelle Daniels and Trinity England.
In 2007, Brooke Cannon was named the All-Star game’s Most Valuable Player. Payson’s rich all-star history was enriched even further in 2008 when Stonebrink was selected the North coach.