THE WINNER: Sydney O’Hara
School: Cicero-North Syracuse (Cicero, N.Y.)
Athletic achievement: She led the Northstars to a 22-1 record entering the Class AA state quarterfinals against Guilderland (Guilderland Center, N.Y.), scheduled for June 4. O’Hara owned a 16-0 record with a 0.20 ERA entering the state tournament, striking out 246 batters with just 16 walks in 107.2 innings pitched. She was also hitting .516 with six home runs and 35 RBI. O’Hara is a two-time Central New York Player of the Year and First Team All-State selection.
Academic excellence: O’Hara has maintained a B-plus average.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics and youth softball camps.
“O’Hara is virtually unhittable,” said Nick Spataro, head coach at Liverpool (N.Y.). “She throws with a lot of speed and she has a screwball, curveball and rise ball. She’s hitting all her spots this year and not walking anybody. She’s a great hitter too, very patient, with a lot of power.”
THE FUTURE: O’Hara has signed with Syracuse.