Kaylan Jablonski, senior, Omaha Skutt
Jablonski significantly reduced the number of innings she threw this spring and summer, so her powerful right arm is better rested for the high school season than it was a year ago. The Nebraska recruit was 23-5 last season with 256 Ks in 163 innings and also hit .654 with 13 home runs and 52 RBIs while leading Skutt to a third-place finish at the Class B state tournament.
Jordan Johnson, junior, Millard South
Johnson was the steady presence on the mound for the 2012 Class A state champion Patriots, and she saved her best for last by allowing just seven runs in four state tournament games. She finished with a 22-5 record and a 2.15 ERA with 114 strikeouts.
Gina Metzler, senior, Papillion-La Vista
The Nebraska recruit is on target to become the fourth player in state history to be a four-time All-Nebraska player. Peerless as a leadoff hitter and center fielder, Metzler has committed just one error in three seasons. In 2012, Metzler hit .492, stole 45 bases and had 19 RBIs.
Lindsey Telecky, senior, Grand Island
The only Grand Island player in program history to be named first-team All-Nebraska, Telecky will again be counted on by the Islanders. She was 26-5 last season and hit .391 after hitting .600 in state tournament.
Vicky Kinney, junior, Millard South
Pitch around Madi Unzicker at your own risk with Kinney in the on-deck circle. The Millard South shortstop hit .488 with six doubles, two triples, eight home runs and 35 RBIs last season. Kinney struck out just five times in 105 at-bats and had a .884 slugging percentage.
Paige Nekola, senior, Papillion-La Vista South
Nekola led the Class A state runner-up Titans with a .514 batting average in 2012. She scored 46 runs and had 54 hits, including nine doubles. Nekola's speed is a difference-maker in the field and on the base paths — she plays center field for Papio South and stole 17 bases last season.