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Four earn all-state honors

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Casey Kern
BENTON -- The Missouri Softball Coaches Association released the All-State honors recently for girls softball and four local girls made the cut.

Earning first-team honors in Class 2 for the Kelly Lady Hawks was Casey Kern, as an infielder, while Sarah Ruff was named to the second team as an outfielder.

"Casey (Kern) has worked really hard this season after going through shoulder surgery," Kelly head coach Rhonda Ratledge said. "This is her first time to make it. She was among the top 35 out of 900 possible players."

"She worked really hard," she added. "And, she was at every practice after going through the surgery. She's a really smart player."

Ruff, the Lady Hawks vocal leader on the squad, was controlling the outfield in every game, making spectacular catches in several of the Lady Hawks games in the push towards their third-place finish in state.

Callie Kielhofner
"Sarah (Ruff) made the team last year as an outfielder too," Ratledge said. "Being a senior, it's a big honor. Sarah just thought it was great."

"It's great to have girls on the All-State team every year," she added. Making the cut in Class 1 were two players from the Oran Lady Eagles, Callie Kielhofner and Jodi Urhahn.

Kielhofner, a second-team selection, was honored as a pitcher, while leading the Lady Eagles to 12 victories of her 15 starts.

"We depended a lot on Callie (Kielhofner)," Oran head coach Sara Heisserer said. "She was by far our best pitcher."

As for Urhahn, she made the cut as a second-team infielder, helping lead the Oran Lady Eagles both offensively and defensively.

Sarah Ruff
"Jodi (Urhahn) was our leadoff hitter," Heisserer said. "She was one of our team captains. The other was Callie. She (Urhahn) had a good bat and a good year for us."

"With them leaving, it leaves some big shoes to fill," she added. "We knew we could count on both of them."