LOUISVILLE, Ky. – For their impressive efforts during games occurring over March 18-24, Emily Graham (Jacksonville High School, Jacksonville, Ill.), Denise Anderson (Dothan High School, Dothan, Ala.), Jessica Wireman (Male High School, Louisville, Ky.) and Dustie Durham (Estrella Foothills High School, Goodyear, Ariz.) have been selected as the MaxPreps/NFCA National High School Players of the Week.
NORTH REGION: A senior centerfielder for the Crimsons, Graham batted .500 (9-for-18) over Jacksonville High School’s initial six contests of the season with eight runs scored, two triples, two walks, two steals, two HR’s and seven RBIs. During match-ups against Griggsville-Perry (Ill.) and Pleasant Plains (Ill.), she posted identical 2-for-3 efforts with two runs tallied, a HR and three RBIs, while she was 2-for-4 with a pair of triples against Rochester (Ill.).
SOUTH REGION: A senior catcher at Dothan High School, Anderson hit safely in all six of last week’s match-ups, posting an outstanding .733 batting mark (11-for-15) with three doubles, two HR’s and 13 RBIs while guiding the Tigers to a perfect 6-0 record. Included in her efforts was a pair of 2-for-2, HR, five-RBI performances in victories over Long (Ala.) and Ashford (Ala.). For the season Anderson now owns a .361 average with six doubles, five HR’s and 30 RBIs.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION: A junior at Louisville (Ky.) Male High School, Wireman wasted no time making her presence felt both at the plate and in the circle during her squad’s first eight match-ups of the 2013 campaign. She posted a blistering .696 batting average (16-for-23) with a pair of doubles, 14 runs scored and 11 RBIs to go along with a 3-0 pitching record, a 1.87 ERA and 19 strikeouts over 15 innings of work. She managed to hit safely in all eight contests with her finest performance coming in a 20-2 rout of Spencer County (Ky.) as Wireman was 3-for-4 with three tallies and five RBIs. During a 4-1 triumph over Holy Cross (Ky.) the hurler allowed just one run on two hits with seven K’s over eight frames of effort while going 2-for-4 with a double and a RBI.
WEST REGION: A sophomore pitcher/infielder for the Wolves, Durham was a perfect 4-0 from the circle with a 0.00 ERA and 27 strikeouts over 19.1 frames of effort, while also hitting .571 (8-for-14) with five runs scored, three doubles, a HR and six RBIs as her squad registered a 5-0 record on the week. She recorded at least two hits at the dish in four of the five contests, knocking in three tallies in a 13-0 triumph over Fountain Hills (Ariz.) and doubling twice during an 8-5 victory over St. Johns (Ariz.). For the year Durham boasts a .435 batting average with six doubles, 17 runs scored and 13 RBIs, while also possessing a 14-1 pitching record with a 1.74 ERA and 81 strikeouts in 80.1 innings of work.
MaxPreps.com, the official high school statistical provider of the NFCA, provides all statistics for the NFCA High School Player of the Week award. To nominate a player for the award, the coach must enter his or her athlete's game stats into MaxPreps.com by Sunday evening to be eligible for that week’s award.
The MaxPreps/NFCA High School Players of the Week will be announced on NFCA.org every Monday during the spring season, with one representative chosen from each of five separate high school regions. During the fall campaign, just a single player will be selected representing all participating regions.
MaxPreps is a free stat tool that is available to high school coaches across the country and is one of the most recognized and respected high school athletics web sites on the internet. Coaches who enter their team’s stats on Max Preps will not only be nominating their players for this award, but they will be getting their team’s information out to thousands of high school sports fans, as well as college coaches across the country.