THE WINNER: Andre Vigil
School: Volcano Vista (Albuquerque, N.M.)
Weight: 205 pounds
Athletic achievement: He batted .394 with six home runs, 24 runs scored, 24 RBI and a .676 slugging percentage, leading the Hawks (18-9) to the Class 5A quarterfinals this past season. A three-time First Team All-State selection, Vigil set a state record in 2013 with his 36th career home run. On the pitcher’s mound, he posted a 5-1 record with a 1.70 ERA with 43 strikeouts in 43 innings pitched.
Academic excellence: Vigil has maintained a 3.34 GPA.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of the Toys for Tots Foundation and as a youth baseball instructor.
“Andre Vigil is a great player and a tremendous leader for his team,” said Shane Shallenberger, head coach at Cleveland (Rio Rancho, N.M.). “He is a game-changer with his bat and with his pitching. His presence alone raises the level of his teammates.”
THE FUTURE: Vigil has signed with New Mexico.