Ari Paulson Voted D3 Player Of The Year In Softball

Paulson sisters make Az. Republic Div. 3 All-State 1st Team

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The accolades keep piling up for Payson High graduate Arianna Paulson.

The three-time all-state honoree added the Division 3 All-State Player of the Year honor to her resumé.

Coaches selected her for the honor in voting at aia365.com.

Her sister, Arissa, a sophomore, joined her on the Div. 3 All-State First Team. See the June 3 Roundup for that story.

Ari, as she’s known, led the Longhorns to the state semifinals twice and the state championship

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Arianna Paulson

game this season. The class salutatorian will continue her career at Brigham Young University.

She was selected to play in the Division 3-4 Senior All-Star Game but wasn’t able to because of her involvement with her club softball team.

Both Paulson sisters made the Arizona Republic’s Division 3 All-State First Team, Ari at pitcher and Arissa at utility.

Ari led PHS to the best three seasons in program history. The Longhorns set a school record for wins in her sophomore season, going 28-4 and reaching the Division 3 state semifinals. They went 29-5 last year and returned to the semis. This year, PHS finished 29-9 in reaching the championship game for the first time in program history. Her pitching was the key to the Longhorns’ 86-18 record the past three years.

“That record basically has to do with her pitching,” said Longhorns head coach Kadi Tenney.

“She brought our program to a level that it’s never been.”

Ari went 16-3 this season with a 1.18 earned run average and 218 strikeouts in 112 2/3 innings.

“She throws six great pitches,” Tenney said. “When she hits her locations she’s hard to beat.

She also excelled at the plate; batting .547 with six home runs, 26 doubles, two triples and 35 RBIs from the lead-off spot this spring.

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