STEVENS POINT -- Adams-Friendship's Hannah Pease missed a couple days of work, including starting her second job.
Maranda Kottke of Athens passed on the idea of beginning her summer by heading to the lake on a sweltering June day, instead choosing to spend it on the softball diamond.
The duo are part of more than a dozen senior softball players from central Wisconsin selected to close out their high school careers on a special note.
There was no place any of them would rather have been Tuesday than Zenoff Park participating in the annual Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Senior All-Star Series.
"This is the second-best way to end my high school career. I wish I could have ended it at state," Kottke said. "This was an awesome experience. To be picked as one of the best (senior) players in the state is such an honor."
Senior players are nominated for the honor by their coaches who belong to WFSCA. The association then selects the final rosters from a list of nominated players to compete in a series of games held the Tuesday after the WIAA state tournament concludes.
"It's an outstanding reward for the girls," said Stevens Point Area Senior High coach Tom Drohner, a member of the WFSCA executive board. "We try to treat the girls with respect and show how much we appreciate them playing the game of softball in Wisconsin."
Players are assigned to teams -- four for Division 1 and three teams for the remaining three divisions -- based on school enrollment.
Sometimes that means playing on the same team with players they competed against during the regular season.
"It was fun to meet new people and see all the players from different divisions come together and play together," Pacelli's Danielle Hoover said. "I enjoyed being here. This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
Many of the local players planned to enjoy the event and just have fun. In theory that sounds good, but once the players take the field and that first pitch is thrown things can change.
"It's about fun, but I can't lose at tic-tac-toe, so I'm always competitive. When you step out on the field, you want to win," said Pease, whose Division 2 Red team won both of its games by shutout. "It's awesome. It was so cool to be part of this. It doesn't begin to describe how it feels."
The event also affords the players a chance to try something new.
On their high school team, many of the players are pigeon-holed into one position because that is where they're needed. With so much versatility at their disposal, the coaches for the all-star games choose to move players around to different positions throughout games.
"That was a really neat experience to see where I can play," said Krystal Weier, who played catcher for Spencer. "It was a great way to meet different people and different styles (of softball)."