THE WINNER: Erin Rethlake
School: Huntington North (Huntington, Ind.)
Athletic achievement: She led the Vikings (26-3) to the Semi-State finals this past season. Rethlake posted a 23-1 record and a 0.18 ERA in the circle, compiling 317 strikeouts and just 23 walks in 154 innings pitched. She added a .486 batting average with 14 home runs and 36 RBI. Rethlake is a First Team All-State selection.
Academic excellence: Rethlake has maintained a 3.75 GPA.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of youth softball programs.
“Rethlake is a tremendous competitor,” said Jeff Theobald, head coach at New Castle (Ind.). “She has great control and command of her pitches, and as good a pitcher as she is, I think she’s equally as good at the plate.”
THE FUTURE: Rethlake will be a senior next year.