THE WINNER: Jessica Walker
School: Grove (Okla.)
Athletic achievement: She led the Ridgerunners (28-5) to the Class 5A state championship this past season. Walker posted a 25-3 record with a 0.59 ERA and 278 strikeouts in 178 innings pitched. A 2012 First Team All-State selection, she also batted .388 with three home runs, 21 RBI and a .565 slugging percentage.
Academic excellence: Walker has maintained a 4.0 GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, she has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics, a women’s shelter and the Children’s Hospital at St. Francis in Tulsa.
“Jessica Walker is such a great competitor,” said Matt Cloud, head coach at Tahlequah (Okla.). “She’s someone we just couldn’t beat. She would definitely be the most dominant pitcher we’ve seen. She a great pitcher and hitter and she gets it done.”
THE FUTURE: Walker has signed with Jacksonville.