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NFCA MaxPreps Awards For The Week Ending April 7

NFCA/MAx Preps HS Player of the WeekSTARKVILLE, Miss. – Seniors Monica Downey  of Madison High School in San Diego, Calif., Alyssa Gould of Brookfield High School in Brookfield, Ohio, Allie Reynolds of Labette County High School in Altamont, Kan., junior Maddy Peres of Ida Baker High School in Cape Coral, Fla., and sophomore Jess Harkness of Foran High School in Milford, Conn. have all been named as the High School Players of the Week for their respective regions by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association for games played through April 7, 2012.

Representing the West Region, Downey hit an amazing .933 in a 5 game stretch leading Madison to its first ever Vegas tourney title. The senior also tallied 10 runs, 4 RBI, and was a perfect 14 for 14 in stolen bases. On the season Downey owns a .679 average and and on base percentage of .702. Her efforts have helped the Warhawks get off to a 15-0 start this season, and a #25 national rank.

In the North Region, Gould also had an outstanding week at the plate. The senior hit .750 for the week with 5 doubles, a homerun and 14 RBI. In her last three games she has been perfect at the plate. She also was sharp in the circle going 2 - 1 on the week, including tossing back to back 2 hitters over Memorial (Ohio) and McKinley (Ohio). Gould helped the Warriors finish 4 -1 for the week, improving their record to 7-3 overall this season.

Reynolds represents the South Central Region this week. The senior scattered 4 hits over 19 innings to finish 4 - 0 for the week, highlighted by tossing 4 perfect innings in a win over Field Kindley (Kan.). Reynolds has yet to allow an earned run in 37 innings pitched this season, and has held opposing hitters to a .069 batting average. Her efforts have helped the Grizzlies record improve to 8-0, and a #1 ranking in the state.

Out of the South Region, Peres finished the week with a perfect 0.00 ERA going 3-0 in as many starts. The junior has dominated opponents in the circle this season. She has given up only 19 hits in 68 innings pitched, only one of which was an extra base hit (a double). Peres has struck out 137 and has held opposing teams to a .084 average.  On the season the junior owns a .010 ERA and has helped helped the Bulldogs improve to 14-1 on the season.

Rounding out this week's awards from the East Region, Harkness is this year's first sophomore to earn MaxPreps player of the week honors. She tossed 3 shutouts finishing the week with a 0.00 ERA. Harkness has struck out 39 batters in 26 innings pitched and has yet to yield an extra base hit. The wins helped the Lions get off to a 3-0 start this season.
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 NFCA High School Players of the Week, one for each high school region, will be announced by the Association on www.nfca.org every Monday during the spring season. 

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 web sites on the internet. Coaches that 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. 

To obtain a coach’s login, please contact:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (800) 329-7324 x1. To enter a team’s stats on the MaxPreps website, please click here.