LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Forty-eight student-athletes from 43 programs were selected to the 2016 NFCA High School All-American teams, announced the association on Thursday afternoon.
Texas’ Pearland High School led the way with three honorees. Bishop O’Connell, Immaculate Heart Academy (N.J.) and Keystone High School (Pa.) each earned two nods.
The three 16-member squads were represented by 26 seniors, 20 juniors and two sophomores hailing from 22 different states.
Headlining the first team are five 2016 Gatorade National Players of the Year from the states of Michigan, Texas, New Jersey, Alabama and Oregon.
Making up the first-team pitching rotation are St. Mary Catholic Central High School’s Meghan Beaubien, Frisco High School’s (Texas) Maddie MacGrandle, Mt. St. Dominic Academy’s (N.J.) Kelsey Oh and Curry High School’s (Ala.) Ashlee Swindle. Posing a dual threat at the plate and in the circle, these four standouts all reaped their respective state’s Gatorade Player of the Year honor.
Beaubien, a junior, is a two-time Gatorade Player of the Year and earned her second All-American nod after being named to the second team in 2015. This spring she led her program to a Division 3 state championship by tossing back-to-back perfect games in the semifinals and championship. The hard-throwing righty went 20-1 in the circle with a miniscule 0.25 ERA, 12 shutouts and 352 strikeouts to just 15 walks in 168.1 innings of work. She limited her opponents to a .096 batting average and surrendered just one home run all season. At the plate, Beaubien came in with a .478 average, seven doubles, four home runs, 17 RBI and 37 runs scored.
MacGrandle capped off her junior campaign with a 31-3 mark, 1.07 ERA and 393 strikeouts in 213 innings. The southpaw posted nine shutouts and held her opposition to a .159 batting average. An Area Player of the Year and District 9-5A Most Valuable Player, MacGrandle put up powerful numbers at the plate. Helping Frisco to a 5A semifinal appearance, she batted .533 with 57 hits, 17 doubles, 10 long balls, 57 RBI, a .963 slugging percentage and .613 on-base percentage.
The third junior pitcher on the squad is two-time first-team All-American and Gatorade Player of the Year Oh. Completing all 25 games she started, oh generated a 21-4 record with a 0.82 ERA and 301 punchouts in 161 innings. She surrendered three long balls and opponents hit just .107 against her. Oh chipped in at the dish with a .441 average, five doubles, 18 RBI, 21 runs and a .510 on-base percentage.
Rounding out the arms is senior and Auburn signee Swindle, who led the Yellow Jackets (47-2) to a Class 4A championship. The workhorse finished 45-2 with a 0.59 ERA, while she hit .557, homered 13 times and amassed 86 RBI. In the circle, Swindle tossed 23 shutouts and fanned 385 batters in 262 innings of work. On the offensive end, she registered 78 base knocks, 14 doubles, 78 runs and a .935 slugging percentage.
Earning the selections at first-team catcher are two-time honoree, Bailey Hemphill of St. Thomas More Catholic High School (La.) and Clarkston High School’s (Mich.) Abby Skvarce. Hemphill, a USA Today top-three recruit that is suiting up for Alabama in the fall, helped her program to a state quarterfinal appearance. The senior slugger batted .560 with 12 of her 28 hits leaving the yard for an astronomical 1.380 slugging percentage. Respected for her hitting prowess, Hemphill walked 49 times and struck out just once, which attributed to her .778 on-base percentage. Skvarce, a Michigan signee, hit .612 (82-for-134) with 21 doubles, eight homers, 62 RBI and 54 runs scored during her senior year. She slugged .993 and reached base at a .675 clip. Also strong behind the dish, Skvarce threw out 10 of 22 would-be base stealers and committed just one error for a .996 field percentage.
Senior Sydney Gutierrez of Pearland claims the first-team nod at first base. The smooth lefty recorded 46 hits, half of which went for extra bases, for a .455 average. She tallied 14 doubles, three triples and six home runs, while knocking in 44 runs and scoring 25 times. Gutierrez, a Georgia commit, slugged .832 and posted a .990 fielding percentage (one error).
Second base selection, Mackenzie Nutt is a junior from Alabama’s Sparkman High School that keyed the Senators to a 7A state championship. The state tournament MVP hit at a .444 clip with 17 doubles, five triples, 12 home runs, 76 RBI and 63 runs scored. Nutt posted a .505 on-base percentage and also swiped 18 bases in 20 attempts.
Garnering the honor at third base is junior Sammie Stefan out of Keystone High School (Ohio). Now a two-time All-American, Stefan’s 13 home runs and 60 RBI set single-season program records and attributed to the program’s career marks in both categories with another year to add to her totals. The All-Area selection also posted a .591 average, nine doubles, 47 runs, a 1.129 slugging percentage and .637 on-base percentage.
Coming in as the first-team shortstops are junior Lauren Burke of Marist High School (Ore.) and senior Nicky Dawson of Parkview Baptist High School (La.). Burke, a Gatorade State Player of the Year, earns her second All-American honor after taking home a 2014 third-team plaudit. The three-time first team all-state selection led the state of Oregon with a .694 batting average, 75 hits, 21 homers, 59 RBI, 67 runs, 24 steals and 1.463 slugging percentage. Burke also roped 18 doubles and registered a .721 on-base percentage. Dawson, who signed with LSU, garnered several Player of the Year awards, including Marruci Player of the Year. The speedster recorded eight triples and was a perfect 58-for-58 in stolen bases. In addition, she hit .658 with 73 hits, 15 doubles, 36 RBI, 65 runs and a .743 on-base percentage.
A trio of juniors- Newton North’s (Mass.) Caroline Bass, Indian Lakes’ (Ohio) Sammi Miller and Madisonville North Hopkins’ Kaylee Tow- make up the first-team outfield All-Americans. Bass, a third team selection last year, earns her second career nod after leading the first-team outfielders with a .686 batting average. In 21 contests, she recorded 35 hits, scored 21 runs, swiped 16 bases and posted a .709 on-base percentage. Miller, the Central Buckeye Player of the Year and first-team All-Ohio honoree, was a productive leadoff hitter for the Lakers, batting .637 with 58 hits, 27 stolen bases and reaching base at a .689 on-base clip. Tow, one of the most respected hitters in the state of Kentucky, hit .530 with 61 hits and a state record 45 walks, a year after setting the state hit mark with 90. As a junior, the 3A state Player of the Year posted 10 doubles, three triples, 14 long balls, 46 RBI, 76 runs scored, 21 thefts, a 1.035 slugging percentage and a .660 on-base percentage.
Rounding out the first team are senior utility selections Kourtney Gremillion of St. Amant High School (La.) and Shelby McGlaun of Atascocita High School (Texas). Gremillion, who is head to Louisiana-Lafayette in the fall, became the first player in program history to hit .600 (.602). The finalist for The Advocate’s Female Athlete of the Year collected 62 hits, 12 doubles, three triples, 13 home runs, 62 RBI and 43 runs. Striking out just twice all season, Gremillion walked 23 times and posted a .664 on-base percentage. She also won 12 games in the circle. McGlaun completed her high school campaign with a .514 batting average, 56 hits, 14 doubles, three triples, nine round trippers, 36 RBI and 37 runs scored helping the Eagles to a 5A state quarterfinal appearance. In addition, she was 20-5 with a 0.88 ERA and 205 strikeouts in 152 innings, while holding her opposition to a .164 batting average.
The NFCA High School All-America teams are selected by a committee of member head coaches from the pool of players who earned first-team All-Region recognition in the five high school regions.