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It is a small sample size, but the numbers these outstanding athletes put up were anything but minuscule.

Wyoming East's Holly Brehm was joined by Independence's Nicole Kester and Ashleigh Sexton as Region 3 players who were selected to play in the annual North-South All-Star game at Buffalo Thursday, June 13.

The teams will play three, 5-7 inning games with start times set for 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Before that, there will be a skills competition which includes a home run derby, the fastest arm (over and under arm) accuracy throw and bunting. There will be awards for the winners. The skills competitions get under way at 10:30 a.m. There will also be an MVP named from each team after each game.

Class AAA coaches all-state awards will be announced between the second and third game and the Class A and AA will be honored after the third game.

The seniors-only game not only honors seniors who had big years, but also serves as a bit of a career nod.

Brehm led Wyoming East to the Class AA Region 3, Section 1 championship, where the top-seed Warriors were knocked off by Kester, Sexton and the Lady Patriots.

Brehm had an outstanding year, both in the circle and in the batters box.

As a pitcher, the Ohio University signee went 21-5, recording 353 (including 29 in a 12-inning game against Logan) in 163 2/3 innings. She had an ERA of 0.64, pitched nine no hitters, including one perfect game, and she had 16 shutouts.

In Brehm's brilliant career, she had a record of 75-17 with 1,177 strikeouts in 553 2/3 innings pitching, an average of 2.1 strikeouts per inning. She had 26 no-hitters, five perfect games and 46 shutouts.

Her career ERA was under 1.00.

At the plate this season, Brehm hit .467 with 12 doubles, a triple, six home runs, 18 runs and 18 RBI.

In her career she hit .501 (165-329) with 17 home runs and 104 RBI and 104 runs scored. She walked 25 times, as much as she had combined in her first three seasons.

Kester and Sexton had big years as well. Kester had 60 hits and hit .508 with five doubles, nine triples and four home runs. She also scored 54 runs and stole 29 bases. Sexton hit .460 for Independence, which won a game at the state tournament, with 14 doubles, four home runs, 44 RBI and 31 runs scored.

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