LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Kathryn Gallant (Masuk High School / Monroe, Conn.), Estelle Brobson (Lane Tech / Chicago, Ill.), Morgan Cooper (Man (W.Va.) High School), Natalie Henry (Lafayette High School / Lexington, Ky.) and Karra Leeger (Don Lugo High School / Chino, Calif.) were named MaxPreps / NFCA National High School Player of the Week for their respective regions. These student-athletes garnered recognition for contests played May 17-23.
Gallant powered Masuk to three victories last week with her arm and bat. The junior was 3-0 with three shutouts, striking out 45 and allowing just two hits over 20 innings of work. Gallant went 7-for-11 at the plate with three doubles, two home runs, nine RBI and two runs scored. She opened the week with a 19-strikeout (one walk) no-hitter versus Pomperaug in which she also contributed a double and three RBI. Gallant twirled a pair of one-hit shutouts against Joel Barlow (12 K, BB) and Brookfield (14 K, BB). In the latter contest, she clubbed a pair of round trippers and drove in six runs.
Brobson was a perfect 9-for-9 at the plate and reached base safely in all 10 plate appearances. She registered a double, two triples, drove in six and scored six times. Additionally, Brobson was 3-0 in the circle with 1.00 ERA and 26 strikeouts over 14 innings of work. The junior went 4-for-4 with a triple, two RBI and two runs scored versus Brooks. Brobson was a home run short of the cycle against Curie in which she was 3-for-3 with three RBI. She also struck out 10 with a walk and one hit allowed versus Curie. She added eight strikeouts apiece in victories over Brooks and Kennedy.
Cooper posted a 3-0 mark with 0.00 ERA, 41 strikeouts in 16 innings of work. She surrendered two hits and issued two walks, limiting her opponents to a .037 batting average. At the plate, Cooper hit .727 (8-for-11) with a pair of doubles, two long balls, eight RBI and six runs scored. Both of her home runs came in an 8-2 win over Logan to go along with three RBI. She also recorded three RBI against Tolsia. The sophomore hurler fanned 16 and surrendered two unearned runs in a one-hit complete game versus Logan. Cooper punched out 14 and allowed one hit in five innings versus Mingo Central.
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Henry keyed the Generals to a 3-1 week, batting .692 (9-for-13) with two doubles, three home runs, 10 RBI and eight runs scored. She slugged 1.538 and drew three walks, contributing to a .750 on-base percentage. Henry was a triple shy of the cycle in a win over Henry Clay. The senior infielder went 4-for-4 in that contest with five RBI and three runs scored. She added a 3-for-4 outing with a home run, driving in three runs and scoring three times.
In a doubleheader sweep of Montclair, Leeger hit .875 (7-for-8) with four home runs and 10 RBI. She also doubled, scored six runs and slugged 2.500. Leeger, a senior, homered twice and drove in five runs in both ends of the doubleheader. In game one, she was a triple short of the cycle and scored four times. Leeger added two more runs in a 3-for-3 game-two outing.
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.