THE WINNER: Lexi Shubert
School: Fred T. Foard (Newton, N.C.)
Athletic achievement: She led the Tigers (23-5) to the Class 3A West semifinals this past season. Shubert posted a 23-5 record and a 0.51 ERA in the circle, striking out 328 batters in 190.2 innings pitched. She also batted .461 with two home runs, 12 doubles and 31 RBI. A four-time All-Conference selection, Shubert is a First Team All-State honoree and was the Class 3A West Pitcher of the Year.
Academic excellence: Shubert has maintained a 3.96 GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of the Student Council and a math tutor for middle school students, she has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics, Operation Christmas Child and a homeless shelter.
“Lexi Shubert is a phenomenal pitcher,” said Jim Blanton, head coach at Hibriten (Lenoir, N.C.). “She can throw hard when she needs to, but it’s her movement that is unbelievable. Her curve ball is late breaking and sharp breaking, almost impossible to hit.”
THE FUTURE: Shubert has signed with South Carolina Upstate.