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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Ariel Thompson of Sequoyah High School (Claremore, Okla.) was named the first MaxPreps/NFCA National High School Player of the Week of the 2018-19 season. Thompson is recognized for her outstanding play during the week of Aug. 6-12.

Thompson went 3-0 in the circle with three shutouts and 40 strikeouts, while homering twice and knocking in 11 runs at the plate. She opened the 2018 campaign by firing a four-hit shutout with 16 punchouts in a 1-0 win over Lincoln Christian. Thompson continued her dominance, tossing two more one-hit shutouts (five innings) against Jay (13 K) and Locust Grove (11 K). The sophomore homered and doubled in each of those contests and drove in eight runs against Locust Grove.

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 fall season, with one representative chosen from the participating regions. During the spring campaign, a player from each of five separate high school regions is selected.

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.

To obtain a coach’s login, please contact: coachsupport@maxpreps.com or call (800) 329-7324 x1. To enter a team’s stats on the MaxPreps website, please click here.

2018-19 Max Preps/NFCA Players of the Week

8/13/18 – Ariel Thompson, So., Sequoyah HS (Claremore, Okla.)

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