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THE WINNER: Abby Klopp
School: Baldwin (Wis.)-Woodville
Athletic achievement: She owned a 20-1 record and a 0.24 ERA in the circle for the Blackhawks (20-1) at the time of her selection. Through 21 games, Klopp fanned 228 strikeouts and issued just eight walks in 115 innings pitched. The two-time returning Division 2 Player of the Year as named by the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association, Klopp compiled a .540 batting average with 17 extra-base hits, 31 RBI and 32 runs scored entering the Division 2 sectional semifinals. She has led Baldwin-Woodville to three straight Division 2 state championship games, including the 2012 title during her sophomore campaign.
Academic excellence: Klopp has maintained a 3.26 GPA.
Exemplary character: In addition to donating her time as a youth softball and basketball instructor, she has volunteered locally on behalf of the Feed My Starving Children organization and as part of the annual Bowls for the Soul fundraiser to benefit her school’s Backpack Buddies Program, which provides children from food-insecure homes with weekend meals during the school year. She has also served as a classroom teaching assistant.
“She is a standup kid and a top-notch player,” said Matt Smith, head coach at rival Prescott. “Her success and awards speak for themselves on the field, and her character and integrity is second to none also. She is a true ambassador of sportsmanship and is extremely humble in everything that she does. I have witnessed first-hand just how hard she works to continue to improve and is willing to make those around her better. She is truly a tremendous student-athlete that deserves any recognition she receives.”
THE FUTURE: Klopp has signed with Indiana State.