LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Hertford County’s (N.C.) Emily Merritt, Spring's (Texas) Aziah James, Legacy’s (Nev.) Amanda Sink have been named MaxPreps/NFCA National High School Players of the Week for contests played March 7 through March 13.


South Region – Emily Merritt (Hertford County – Ahoskie, N.C.)
Helping her squad in the circle and at the plate, Merritt was 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 16 innings, while hitting .364 with seven RBI and six runs scored. Merritt limited her opponents to a .098 batting average and surrendered just five hits and two unearned runs in her three starts. She tossed a three-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts and zero walks versus Northampton-West. The sophomore also twirled a pair of one-hitters against Rocky Mount and Northhampton-West (G2), allowing an unearned run in each game. She struck out 11 versus Rocky Mount and 10 more against Hurricanes. Offensively, Merritt top game at the plate was a 2-for-3 outing with a home run and five RBI against Rocky Mount.

South Central Region – Aziah James (Spring HS – Texas)  
James, a sophomore, hit .714 (5-for-7) with a double, triple, four RBI and seven runs to help the Lions post a pair of victories last week. She started the week 2-for-2 with a double, triple and three RBI versus Klein Forest. James followed up with a 3-for-5 outing against Klein in which shot tripled and scored four runs. In addition, she drew two walks and recorded a .778 on base percentage.

West Region – Amanda Sink (Legacy HS – North Las Vegas, Nev.)
Freshman Amanda Sink had a monstrous first week of the season in the circle and at the plate for the Longhorns. Appearing in seven contests, Sink went 6-0 with a 1.46 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 24 innings of work. She twirled a five-hit complete game in a 3-1 victory over Boulder City, striking out 17 and walking just one batter. For the week, she recorded five scoreless appearances and four without allowing at hit. At the plate, Sink clocked in with a .762 batting average (16-21), four doubles, a triple, two long balls, 16 RBI and 10 runs scored. Of her four multi-hit games, Sink went 4-for-4 with two doubles, a home run, five RBI and four runs versus Sunrise HS. She knocked in five against Cathedral city and posted three-hit, two-RBI games against Mountain View Christian and Faith Lutheran.

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  MaxPreps.com  by Sunday evening to be eligible for that week’s award.

The MaxPreps/NFCA High School Players of the Week are announced on NFCA.orgNFCA.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.

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.

2015-16 Max Preps/NFCA Players of the Week

Emily Merritt | Herford County (N.C.) | South
Aziah James | Spring (TX) HS | South Central
Amanda Sink | Legacy (Nev.) HS | West


Hera Varma | Tampa Catholic (Fla.) HS | South
Tylar Vernon | Pangburn (Ark.) HS | South Central
Shaye Bowden | Sunnyslope (Ariz.) HS | West


Sarah Dugan | Oak Grove (La.) HS | South
Jordan Llinas | Cypress Woods (Texas) HS | South Central
Aurora Adams | Santiago (Calif.) HS | West


10/13 – Jessie Briley | Bishop Neuman (Neb.) HS | South Central
10/6 –   Victoria Haugsness | North Platte (Mo.) HS | South Central
9/28 –   Taylor Parham | Wilber-Clatonia (Neb.) HS | South Central
9/21 –   Savannah Chalfant | Gilmer (Ga.) HS | South
9/14 –   Madison Ingram | Bowling Green (Mo.) HS | South Central
9/7 –     Riley Craig | Mountain Range (Colo.) HS | West
8/31 –   Sieara Price | Eaton (Colo.) HS | West
8/24 –   Callyn Carter | Charlton County (Ga.) HS | South

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