Phs Softball Players Amass Honors

Petersen, Paulson, Wessel tapped for postseason slots


Taylor Petersen was voted to the All-Division first team.

Taylor Petersen was voted to the All-Division first team. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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Arianna Paulson was voted to the All-Division first team.

Prep softball coaches have elected a trio of highly talented Lady Longhorns All-Division III honorees.

Senior catcher Taylor Petersen and junior pitcher Arianna Paulson were named to the first team and senior infielder Megan Wessel was tapped second team.

Just last week, Petersen and Paulson made the Section III first team.

Wessel was named to the S-III second team.

D-III state champion Estrella Foothills dominated the All-Division voting with four players chosen.

The voting for D-III “Player of the Year” is in progress and both Petersen and Paulson have shot at the honor. That, however, could be a long shot since Breeya Howells of River Valley garnered S-III Player of the Year honors.

That choice was somewhat unexpected as many in small town Arizona contended it could easily have gone to Paulson, Petersen or Estrella Foothills pitcher Dustie Durham.

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Megan Wessel was tapped for the second team.

During the past season, Paulson compiled a miniscule .86 ERA and hit .648, according to MaxPreps’ statistics. Her selection to the All-Section team marked the second consecutive year she has reaped the honor.

Petersen, one of the finest defensive catchers in the state and bound for a college career, hit .392 with 42 RBIs and a school-record 16 home runs.

Wessel hit a sizzling .404, with 29 RBIs and nine doubles. A steady defender, she anchored the Lady Horn infield.

The three honorees helped lead the Lady Horns to the state semifinals in both 2012 and 2013.

During those two seasons, the team racked up an impressive 59-5 record.

Last spring, the Lady Horns made history by winning the Gracie Haught Classic Tournament after whipping Estrella Foothills in the finale.

The win marked the first time in the history of the program a PHS softball team won a tournament.

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