Simply the best. It's uncommon for even the top area high school softball programs to have one player earn all-state accolades, but three selections on the same roster is a rare achievement.
Allie Ingalls, Cheyanne Boland and Collete Haag, however, each captured a spot on the Iowa Class 2A all-state first-team lineup to merit the unique distinction for the North Union Warriors this summer.
While the green-and-white clad Warriors' talented trio hit the trifecta in the Iowa postseason awards banquet, Martin County West's Morgan Williamson already had been selected to the Minnesota Class A all-state second team for softball excellence during the spring campaign.
Williamson broke the Maverick softball program's single-season RBI record by driving in 39 runs on the strength of 28 hits en route to a third team-best batting average of .389. Williamson's 39 RBIs eclipsed former MCW standout Tricia Brevig's previous mark of 37 set in 1997.
The all-Section 2A choice also topped the Mavericks with two home runs and shared the team lead with nine doubles in 2012.
The all-Valley Conference selection scored a third-best team total of 24 runs, drew nine walks, tripled once and posted a .569 on-base percentage.
The slick-fielding junior third baseman recorded 41 assists and 26 putouts en route to a .944 fielding average to round out an extraordinary season.
While Williamson put her hitting and fielding skills on display at the Fox Lake Sports Complex in Welcome this spring, the junior threesome of Ingalls, Boland and Haag played integral roles behind North Union's ascent to the No. 1 spot in the Iowa Class 2A regular-season state polls at the remodeled diamond in Swea City this summer.
Ingalls earned her third consecutive all-state selection by utilizing her winning combination of pitching and hitting to guide the Warriors to a 30-5 overall record, an undefeated Corn Belt Conference championship and an appearance in the Class 2A, Region 1 semifinals.
The two-time all-Northwest District choice compiled a 19-2 record and miniscule 1.31 ERA from inside the pitcher's circle in 2012. The hard-throwing right-hander recorded 138 strikeouts and issued only 21 walks in 123 stellar innings of work.
The three-time all-conference hurler also wielded lethal lumber by generating a .407 batting clip on the strength of 48 hits, including 13 doubles, two triples and three home runs.
The three-time Sentinel All-Area choice topped the high-octane Warriors' offense with 46 runs scored to complement 28 RBIs, a .462 on-base percentage and a .655 slugging clip.
While Ingalls hurled the strikes, the sure-handed Boland secured nearly every delivery to prevent opposing offenses from moving into scoring position.
The Iowa Class 2A, all-Northwest District catcher shared home run-hitting team honors with Haag and Dena Looft by clouting a staggering eight round-trippers en route to a second-best team total of 43 RBIs this season.
The all-conference first-team selection also posted the Warriors' No. 2 batting average at .444 behind 48 hits, including 10 doubles and one triple.
The hard-hitting Boland also scored a second-best 45 runs to complement a .788 slugging clip and a .532 on-base percentage this summer.
While Boland and Ingalls produced impressive offensive numbers for North Union, Haag hammered her way to even loftier totals from the batter's box in 2012.
The two-time all-state first-team shortstop led the Warriors with a .515 batting average, an incredible .948 slugging mark and a .549 on-base clip.
The three-time all-conference choice also shared home run-hitting honors by sending eight over the fence to complement 13 doubles, two triples, 40 RBIs and 40 runs scored to cap a brilliant campaign.
For all of their contributions on the diamond, the foursome of Haag, Boland, Ingalls and Williamson will share the 2012 Sentinel All-Area softball player of the year award.
Here's an inside glance at the rest of this year's All-Area team.
Kristen Campe (Fairmont) - The hard-hitting shortstop topped the vastly-improved Cardinals' batting order with a .547 on-base percentage and eight doubles, while sharing the team lead in walks (13) with Kayla Schmidt this spring.
The sophomore standout produced a second-best team slugging clip of .612 to complement a .408 batting average behind 20 hits, including one triple.
Campe also scored 14 runs and generated five RBIs to round out another solid varsity campaign.
Hanna Hartman (Madelia/Truman) - The all-Valley Conference honorable mention choice produced a .316 batting average and a .444 on-base percentage for the Jayhawks in 2012.
The sophomore left fielder displayed her versatility by filling in at a couple of infield positions throughout her first varsity season.
Sara Ingledew (Martin Co. West) - The all-Valley Conference honorable mention choice proved one of the area's most improved players this spring.
The senior outfielder chalked up a .365 batting average on the strength of 23 hits, including one double and one triple, en route to 17 RBIs.
Ingledew, who recorded 12 putouts on defense, scored 12 runs and posted a .514 on-base percentage to round out a solid prep career.
Janessa Jahnke (Blue Earth Area) - The two-time All-Area choice generated a .242 batting average and a .250 on-base percentage for the Bucs this spring.
The two-time all-South Central Conference catcher displayed her strong and accurate throwing arm behind the plate for a second straight varsity season.
Harley Lindell (North Union) - The all-Corn Belt Conference first-team choice topped the Warriors' high-octane offense with 17 doubles to complement seven home runs this summer.
The hard-hitting senior left fielder generated a .400 batting average, 30 RBIs and 39 runs scored to help guide North Union to an undefeated conference championship.
Lindell, who drew 16 walks, produced a whopping .768 slugging clip and a .487 on-base percentage to round out her stellar prep softball career.
Dena Looft (North Union) - The all-Corn Belt Conference first-teamer topped the high-scoring Warriors with 47 RBIs, in addition to sharing the team lead by hammering eight home runs in 2012.
The perennial All-Area selection hit .405 on the strength of 11 doubles and crossed the plate 23 times for the league champions.
The sophomore third baseman drilled deliveries at a .724 slugging pace and added a .442 on-base percentage to close out her third varsity campaign.
Kayla Schmidt (Fairmont) - The two-time all-South Central Conference choice utilized her speed to top the Cardinals' offense with 17 runs scored and a pair of triples to complement 13 walks.
Fairmont's leadoff batter posted a .328 batting average on the strength of 21 hits, including three doubles, to help produce five RBIs in 2012.
The senior standout compiled a .469 on-base percentage and a .438 slugging clip to round out her stellar four-year varsity career.
Rebecca Steen (Martin Co. West) - The member of the all-Martin County West Invitational team tied a single-season school record and topped the Mavericks in three other offensive categories.
The all-Valley Conference second baseman scored 40 runs to tie former MCW standout Kim Newville's mark set in 1997.
The sophomore standout led the blue-and-black attack with an impressive .514 batting clip, including a co-best nine doubles, and a .658 on-base percentage in 2012.
The hard-hitting Steen also drilled two triples and one homer to produce a second-best team total of 21 RBIs to complement 10 stolen bases.
The right-handed pitcher also compiled an 11-2 record, including two shutouts, and a 3.01 ERA. Steen struck out 63 in 81 1/3 innings of work.
Savannah Stevens (Madelia/Truman) - The two-time all-Valley Conference first baseman displayed her defensive prowess via a .982 fielding average during the spring campaign.
The junior team captain generated a .304 batting average to round out her third season at the varsity level.
Kate Thiesse (Martin Co. West) - The all-Valley Conference middle infielder topped the Mavericks with 38 hits, seven triples and a dozen stolen bases this season.
The member of the all-MCW Invite team generated No. 2 team marks in batting average (.481), runs scored (36) and on-base percentage (.646).
The sophomore shortstop, who doubled four times and drove in eight runs, registered 33 assists and 43 putouts from a defensive perspective.
Rachel Tschumperlin (Fairmont) - The all-South Central Conference outfielder flexed her muscle in topping the Cardinals with a .625 slugging percentage and clouted the lineup's only home run on the season.
The senior power hitter posted a second-best team batting clip of .411 behind 23 hits, including a second-best seven doubles and one triple.
Tschumperlin delivered a second-best team total of 15 RBIs, scored a dozen runs and generated a .515 on-base percentage to cap a brilliant softball career.
Courtney Whitmore (Fairmont) - The all-South Central Conference second baseman battled back from a preseason injury to top the red-and-white offense with a staggering .442 batting average, including a team-best 19 singles to go with four doubles.
Fairmont's RBI leader (18) also scored nine runs en route to a .482 on-base percentage during her junior campaign.
The sure-handed middle infielder produced a .519 slugging clip to round out her third season at the varsity level.