LONE GROVE – Just outside of Glenn Wendt Field in Lone Grove lays multiple boards showcasing the success of the Lady Horns softball program throughout the years.

LONE GROVE – Just outside of Glenn Wendt Field in Lone Grove lays multiple boards showcasing the success of the Lady Horns softball program throughout the years.

Proudly displayed as part of the legacy of excellence outside the stadium, is the numerous players throughout the years who have earned the right to represent the black and white as All-State selections.

The board is about to have two new names engraved onto it.

Senior standouts Sami Skelly and Brooklyn Mason were named to the Middle West All-State squad and will represent the Lady Horns in June at the All-State game on the campus of Oklahoma Christian University in Lone Grove.

Skelly and Mason are the 32nd and 33rd All-State players in the history of Lone Grove softball. They are also both going to be playing college softball at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma Baptist University following their graduation.

“We’re so proud of both Sami and Brooklyn for being named All-State this season,” Lone Grove coach Jimmy Miller said. “They’ve both had very successful high school careers, and they were both a huge part of the success we got to have this season.”

“These young ladies both have bright futures ahead of them on and off the softball field,” Miller added. “It’s awesome to have had this happen to both of them.”

For Mason, this season brought with it a second trip to the state tournament, as she went to Oklahoma City as a freshman with the Lady Horns.

Last season, Mason finished as the All-Ardmoreite Defensive Player of the Year, finishing with just three errors while compiling a .952 fielding percentage with 54 putouts.

At the plate in her senior year, Mason was just as dangerous.

She finished with a .521 batting average to go with a .544 on base percentage. Mason also hit two home runs to go with 62 hits and 21 RBI along with 57 runs scored. There were also five doubles and three triples to go with 17 stolen bases this season.

Mason was also named as the Lake Country Conference Defensive Player of the Year for this season, along with being named the District 4A-3 Co-Offensive Player of the Year.

“I was really excited to know that all the work I’ve been putting in for four years has paid off,” Mason said. “Getting to play in the All-State game is very special. I obviously wish there could have been more state appearances for us as a program. But, I feel very blessed and lucky to have gotten to play for Coach (Jimmy) Miller and this program as well.”

“I’m looking forward to playing in college,” Mason added. “Getting to go against players who are there for the same reason I am is very exciting, as well as getting to play for a national title in division two. I have to thank Coach Miller for being patient with me and teaching me so much. He’s made me a better person and a better player all around.”

For Skelly, this season was the culmination of a childhood dream.

Aside from getting to make her first state tournament appearance as a high school player, Skelly was also named as the District 4A-3 MVP, along with being named as the Lake Country Conference Player of the Year.

She was also one of two Lady Horns players to break the school record for home runs in a season with 10, along with teammate Shelby Stevenson who totaled nine home runs.

For the season, Skelly totaled a .512 batting average to go with 43 hits, 58 RBI, and 38 runs scored.

Last season, Skelly was named as the All-Ardmoreite Utility Player of the Year when she totaled a .551 batting average to go with nine home runs, a .643 on base percentage and an .844 fielding percentage.

Skelly will be trading in her black and white uniform next year for the crimson and cream of Oklahoma, but before doing so, she’ll take the field one last time to represent Lone Grove High School.

“This has been something I’ve been looking forward to since I was little,” Skelly said about making All-State. “I’ve been seeing All-State boards at softball games and to know that my name is going to be on one of them it’s incredible. We overcame so much as a team this season, and getting to make the state finals is the best outcome we could have had.”

“I’m looking forward to the competition, and being pushed by my teammates and coaches at OU,” Skelly said about playing college softball. “Knowing the end of the road is a national title opportunity is something I’m very excited about. Without Coach Miller none of this would have been possible this season. He was the rock of this team and made us want to come up here and have fun, and keep going. I can’t thank him enough for everything he’s done for me.”