As a freshman, Discovery Canyon senior Ashten Prechtel watched as the area’s premier post player — former Mesa Ridge standout Kylee Shook now at Louisville — earned an invite to the lofty McDonald’s All-American Game.
Prechtel, a freshman starting on varsity at the time, decided she’d aim for her own invite.
“I, like, made it my goal that I wanted to be that,” Prechtel said. “I mean, I didn’t really know if that was realistic or not.”
It became reality Jan. 24, when Thunder athletic director Ron Sukle dropped in on her weights class to deliver the news she accomplished that goal.
“It was a really good feeling,” Prechtel said. “I’m still like really excited about it.”
In Tuesday’s 48-36 win at Lewis-Palmer (7-13, 5-6 PPAC), the 6-foot-5 Stanford signee performed like a player deserving of the honor, setting a career high with 35 points for the Thunder (11-7, 7-4).