LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Tiff Suporn (Notre Dame Catholic / Fairfield Conn.), Lily Sparks (Switzerland County High School / Vevay, Ind.), Madison Knight (Patterson Mill High School / Bel Air, Md.), Kaylea Ritchie (Breathitt County High School / Jackson, Ky.) and Kaysie Jolley (Bishop Kelly High School / Boise, Idaho) were named MaxPreps / NFCA National High School Player of the Week for their respective regions. These student-athletes garnered recognition for contests played April 12-18.
Suporn hit .750 (6-for-8) with two triples and home runs, 10 RBI and six runs scored. She drew five walks, posted a .923 on-base percentage and slugged 1.750. She recorded four RBI in wins over Stratford and Newtown. Suporn tallied three hits, two RBI and three runs scored versus Weston. Her first home run of the season came in an 8-7 triumph over Newtown.
Sparks picked up three wins last week, recorded two no-hitters and struck out 40 in 19 innings of work. She fanned a season-high 19 in a no-hitter versus Milan. She added 11 more punchouts in a five-inning perfect game against Shawe Memorial. In a 2-0 defeat of South Ripley, Sparks held the Raiders to four hits and struck out 10 in the complete-game shutout. Offensively, the junior went 5-for-5 with a double, five RBI and four runs scored against Shawe Memorial.
Knight twirled a pair of shutouts, including a five-inning perfect game versus C. Milton Wright. The junior hurler fanned 11 of 15 batters she faced against the Mustangs. Knight tossed a two-hit shutout with 13 punchouts against Fallston. At the plate, she was 7-for-9 with three doubles a home run and seven RBI. Knight went 4-for-4 with a double, long ball and four RBI versus Fallston. She drove in three more runs and doubled twice against Perryville.
South Central Region
Ritchie was a perfect 11-for-11 with a pair of doubles, one triple and one long ball last week. She recorded nine runs and eight RBI, while slugging 1.636. Ritchie posted two four-hit contests in wins over Cordia and Buckhorn. In the latter matchup, she doubled, homered, drove in three and scored four runs. The sophomore tallied three runs versus Cordia and was a home run shy of the cycle with four RBI and two runs versus Morgan County.
Jolley hit .923 (12-for-13) with three doubles, a triple, three home runs, 11 RBI and 11 runs scored. She slugged 2.000 and posted a .929 on-base percentage over four games last week. Jolley registered a pair of 4-for-4 outings against Jerome and Caldwell. Against Jerome, she was a double shy of the cycle, homering twice, driving in four runs and scoring four times. The junior added four runs scored against Caldwell and doubled two times versus Middleton.
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 are announced on NFCA.org every Monday during the spring campaign with a player from each of the five separate high school regions being selected. In the fall season, one representative is chosen from the 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 websites on the internet. Coaches who enter their team’s stats on MaxPreps 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.