LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Demopolis' (Ala.) Abbey Latham, Grapeland’s (Texas) Taylar Mullen and Casey Overfield of San Ramon Valley (Calif.) were selected the first MaxPreps/NFCA National High School Player of the Week of the 2017 spring season. The trio is recognized for their accomplishments in games played Feb. 20-26.
Latham played a key role in Demopolis’ six wins to start the season. The senior catcher hit .733 (11-for-15), homered in each of the first five contests, knocked in 12 runs and scored 11 times. She recorded four multi-hit, multi-run and multi-RBI games, slugged 1.800 and reached base at a .765 clip. Against Fruitdale, Latham was a perfect 3-for-3 with a double, homer, two RBI and three runs scored. She added a season-high three RBI against Washington County and Southern Choctaw.
South Central Region
In six games last week, Mullen, who batted .833 (15-for-18), notched multiple hits in every contest, scored 13 runs and swiped 12 bases for the Sandies. She recorded three hits and stole three bases on three occasions, while scoring three times twice. Going a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, the senior captain posted the trifecta in a 16-0 victory over LaPoynor. She tripled in a victory over Alto, added a double versus Trinity and knocked in two runs with three steals against Latexo.
Overfield hit .700 (7-for-10) and tossed a no-hitter in helping the Wolves start 2017 with three victories. In an 11-0 triumph over Tamalpais, Overfield was a walk shy of a perfect game as she struck out two in six innings of work. The senior captain helped herself out at the plate with three hits, including her first home run of the season, two RBI and three runs scored. Additionally, she swiped five bases against the Red Tailed Hawks. Overfield opened the season by scoring the game’s lone run in the bottom of the sixth in a 1-0 win versus Kennedy. Two days later she was 3-for-4 with three runs and two RBI in a 6-2 victory over Deer Valley.
The 2017 MaxPreps/NFCA High School Players of the Week are announced on NFCA.org every Monday during the spring season, with one representative chosen from each of the five regions. During the spring campaign, a player from each of five separate high school regions is selected.
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 websites 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.
2016-17 Max Preps/NFCA Players of the Week
Abbey Latham | Demopolis (Ala.) HS (South)
Taylar Mullen | Grapeland (Texas) HS (South Central)
Casey Overfield | San Ramon Valley HS (West)
10/24 – Madison Preston | Centralia (Mo.) HS
10/17 – Rylyan Nelson | Sterling (Colo.) HS
10/10 – Ainsley Tolson | Trenton (Mo.) HS
10/3 – Rylie Unzicker | Millard South (Neb.) HS
9/26 – Kayla Poynter | Walnut Grove (Ga.) HS
9/19 – Jordyn Hays | Grand Junction (Colo.) Central HS
9/12 – Olivia Douglas | Hastings (Neb.) HS
9/6 – Kerrigan Gamm | Osage (Mo.) HS
8/29 – Lindsey Malkin | Broomfield (Colo.) HS
8/22 – Madison McPherson | Marion County (Ga.) HS