THE WINNER: Mark Armstrong
School: Clarence (N.Y.)
Weight: 205 pounds
Athletic achievement: He had led the Red Devils to a 19-2 record and the Section VI Class AA playoffs at the time of his selection. Through 21 games, Armstrong owned an 8-0 record with a 0.55 ERA on the mound. At the plate, he was batting .417 with five home runs and 25 RBI. He had posted 94 strikeouts in 51 innings pitched, scattering 21 hits and eight walks.
Academic excellence: Armstrong has maintained a B-plus average.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of youth sports camps and Hasek’s Heroes, which helps teach intellectually and physically challenged children how to skate and play hockey.
“Armstrong is a dominating pitcher,” said Mike Adams, head coach at Webster Thomas (Webster, N.Y.). “When you face him, you know there’s a really good chance that you won’t win. I think his fastball is clocked around 90 miles per hour, but he’s got a really, really good breaking pitch too, and his control is amazing.”
THE FUTURE: Armstrong has signed with Pittsburgh.