FARMINGTON — Add All-American to the list of accomplishments for Susie Chandler.
Chandler, a 2013 graduate of Piedra Vista High School, has been named to the MaxPreps 2013 Softball Medium School All-American second team.
"I am in complete awe and shock. I am so thankful to my parents and coaches," Chandler said. "It means a lot. PV deserves it. We don't get looked at much, but, as time goes by, we get more looks for all the hard work we put in."
In addition to the All-American title, Chandler has won five state championships, was named to the first team all-state list in New Mexico three times and was the 2013 4A Player of the Year.
During her senior season, Chandler hit .511 with 44 RBIs, 38 runs and 11 stolen bases in 29 games as she captained the team to its eighth consecutive state title.
"First and foremost, it is a tribute to her love of the game and dedication to the game and all the hours she put into it," said PV head coach Kevin Werth of Chandler's achievement. "She is a smooth athlete. There are a lot of good softball player,s but, as far as pure athletes, she is probably one of the best."
Chandler played shortstop for the Lady Panthers, effortlessly making routine plays, as well as a highlight play nearly every game.
"She is one of those kids that makes one play and the whole team gets going," Werth said. "She was able to make the extraordinary play. She had a lot of chances at shortstop and she took advantage of those and made spectacular plays. It is a lot of fun to watch her throw the ball across the field."
Chandler and 2011 graduate Karysta Donisthrope are the only two PV players to be named to a MaxPreps All-American team. Donisthorpe was named to the first team.
"I look up to (Donisthorpe) so much. It is really exciting to be in her spot where she was as a senior," Chandler said.
Chandler's selection comes just weeks after Werth was named the National Coach of the Year by the National High School Coaches Association.
"It is a great time for our program right now," Werth said. "Last year, nobody gave these kids a chance to win state after losing seven seniors. Susie and that group of kids decided to prove everyone wrong and still win it. They are the reason everything is carrying on year to year."
This fall, Chandler will play for New Mexico State University, along with Donisthorpe. She is staying humble, though she knows she has what it takes to succeed.
"I have a lot of momentum and confidence, and I feel like if I work my butt off I will be where I want," Chandler said. "I will still take it slow and take it in one day at a time and work my tail off."