LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Joel Barlow’s (Redding, Conn.) Briana Marcelino, Erie (Ill.)-Prophetstown’s Ashley Davis, Huntsville’s (Ala.) Lane Neumann, Southeast’s (Wichita, Kan.) Sydni Hawkins and Durham’s (Calif.) Brielle Stephens were selected MaxPreps/NFCA National High School Player of the Week winners for their outstanding play during the week of May 1-7.
Marcelino was a perfect 10-for-10 at the dish with a double, triple, two long balls, seven RBI and seven runs scored to help the Falcons to three victories last week. With those four extra-base hits, the senior shortstop slugged 1.900 and also recorded a 1.000 on-base percentage. Marcelino’s big game came against New Fairfield in which she went 4-for-4 with a double, homer, five RBI and three runs scored during a 13-3 triumph. She again was 4-for-4 versus Immaculate, tripling, homering and recording two RBI. She capped off the week with two runs scored against Bethel.
Davis hit .900 (9-for-10) with a triple, two home runs, nine RBI and seven runs scored as Panthers snapped a four-game skid with three wins last week. She recorded back-to-back four-RBI games against Kewanee. In game one, Davis, a senior, went 4-for-5 with a triple, long ball and three runs scored. Two days later, she was 3-for-3 with two run scored. Davis concluded her stellar week by homering and scoring twice versus Fulton. For the week, she slugged 1.700 and registered a .923 on-base percentage.
Neumann collected 10 hits in 12 at-bats to post a .833 average with a double and three home runs. She drove in nine runs and scored eight more, while slugging 1.667 and recording a .846 on-base percentage. Neumann, a senior, started the week by going 3-for-3 with a double, home run, four RBI and three runs scored against Grissom. In a doubleheader sweep of Hewitt-Trussville, she went 7-for-9, homered in each game, collected five RBI and five runs.
South Central Region
Hawkins scored 13 runs as she helped the Golden Buffalo extend their winning streak to 14 games. She hit .818 (9-for-11) with three doubles, two home runs, four walks and eight RBI. The junior shortstop slugged 1.636, recorded a .867 on-base percentages and was flawless in the field, handling all 16 chances without an error. In a doubleheader sweep of Liberal, she was 4-for-5 with both long balls, four RBI and seven runs. A day later, Hawkins finished 5-for-6 with three doubles, four RBI and six runs scored.
Over three games, Stephens was a perfect 10-for-10 with three doubles, a triple, two home runs, 13 RBI, 12 runs scored and an eye-popping 2.100 slugging percentage. She opened the week by hitting for the cycle in a 6-for-6, nine-RBI outing against Williams. She doubled, tripled, homered and scored six runs. In the nightcap, she registered two doubles and scored three runs. The senior capped off a series sweep by homering, driving in three and scoring four runs.
The 2016-17 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 fall campaign, one player is selected each week.
Please note, in order for a school to have multiple player(s) recognized during the course of a season, a coach from that institution must be an NFCA member. To become an NFCA member, please click HERE or call 502-409-4600.
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
Briana Marcelino | Joel Barlow (Conn.) HS (East)
Ashley Davis | Erie (Ill.)-Prophetstown HS (North)
Lane Neumann | Huntsville (Ala.) HS (South)
Sydni Hawkins | Southeast (Kan.) HS (Southeast)
Brielle Stephens | Durham (Calif.) HS (West)
Jayda Kearney | Donovan Catholic (N.J.) (East)
Tori Wells | Lakeview (Ohio) HS (North)
Aspen Wesley |Neshoba Central (Miss.) HS (South)
Brittney Beck | Elllinwood (Kan.) HS (South Central)
Kristina Warford | Juanita (Wash.) HS (West)
Beca Findley | Seymour (Conn.) HS (East)
Carlee Selle | Reese (Mich.) HS (North)
Kaitlin Beasley-Polko | Leonardtown (Md.) HS (South)
Lyndie Swanson | St. John XXIII (Texas) (South Central)
Mikayla Rojas | Heritage (Ariz.) Academy (West)
Catherine Higgins | Medway (Mass.) HS (East)
Sidney Beier | Edinburgh (Ind.) HS (North)
Jackie Westfall | Woodside (Va.) HS (South)
Hannah Criswell | Kennett (Mo.) HS (South Central)
JaSha Roberts | Jurupa Hills (Calif.) HS (West)
Kelly Nelson | Norton (Mass.) HS (East)
Maria Reisinger | Victory Christian (Ind.) Academy (North)
Mia Davidson | Orange (N.C.) HS (South)
Montana Fouts | East Carter (Ky.) HS (South Central)
Makaiya Gomez | Copper Hills (Utah) HS (West)
Jessica Berger | Tuckahoe (N.Y.) HS (East)
Melanie Lint | Conemaugh Valley (Pa.) HS (North)
Kamdyn Kvidstad | Columbia (Fla.) HS (South)
Jessica Olivarez | Dodge City (Kan.) HS (South Central)
Isabel Womack | Glencoe (Ore.) HS (West)
Yanique Spencer | Baldwin (N.Y.) HS (East)
Erin Coffel | Bremen (Ind.) HS (North)
Hailee Cutts | J.F. Webb (N.C.) HS (South)
Ariana Valles | Chapin (Texas) HS (South Central)
Kyllie Sappington | Lowry (Nev.) HS (West)
Julia Bomhardt | Indian River (Del.) HS (East)
Jenna Alfeldt | New Athens (Ill.) HS (North)
Claire Powell | Collegiate (Va.) HS (South)
Madi Pierce | Bald Knob (Ark.) HS (South Central)
Hannah La Gabed | Western Serra Collegiate (Calif.) Academy (West)
Lindsay Ward | Kirtland (Ohio) HS (North)
Haley Walker | Holtville (Ala.) HS (South)
Bailey Buffington | Bauxite (Ark.) HS (South Central)
Linnay Wilson | Coalinga (Calif.) HS (West)
Olivia Lackie | Holden (La.) HS (South)
Faith Jimenez | West Texas HS (South Central)
Kennedy Wyllie | Boulder Creek (Ariz.) HS (West)
Abbey Latham | Demopolis (Ala.) HS (South)
Taylar Mullen | Grapeland (Texas) HS (South Central)
Casey Overfield | San Ramon Valley (Calif.) 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