REPS: Monto State High School's representative team students Prue Dow (cricket), Melissa Birch and Zarah Smith (volleyball), and Tarah Staines (cricket and softball).
REPS: Monto State High School's representative team students Prue Dow (cricket), Melissa Birch and Zarah Smith (volleyball), and Tarah Staines (cricket and softball). Alex Treacy

Monto High's magic four make the cut

TARAH Staines has never been overseas.

However, that's all about to change next month.

Staines has been selected to tour New Zealand as a proud member of the U14 Australian Softball Developmental Team.

Not a bad effort for someone who only picked up the sport two years ago.

Not only that, but she has also made the Wide Bay U15 girls' representative cricket team as a pace-bowling all rounder, as well as the Wide Bay open girls' softball team.

Staines confirmed she had no preference between softball and cricket and would be striving equally in both sports to make a name for herself.

SOFT TOUCH: Monto State High School's Tarah Staines.
SOFT TOUCH: Monto State High School's Tarah Staines. Contributed

She will be joined on the cricket pitch by Prue Dow, who deals in the sport's "dark art”, legspin bowling.

Having been buoyed by the recent announcement they had made the cut, both girls expressed frustration they had to wait until November, when they will travel to Mackay to compete in the state championships and a chance at higher honours.

The good news didn't stop there for sports-mad Monto State High School.

Following recent Wide Bay U15 girls' volleyball trials at Mundubbera State School, students Melissa Birch and Zarah Smith were both announced as making the regional team.

They will compete at state championships in Caloundra in early May.

The school's physical education teacher Danielle Sinclair said the school was very proud of their achievement.

"The girls have worked hard and are well deserving of their selection,” she said.


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