Each season, Gatorade recognizes one student-athlete from each of the 50 states and Washington, D.C. who embodies its Player of the Year program’s three pillars: athletic production, academic achievement and exemplary character.
Each week during its Gatorade State Player of the Year selection process, USA TODAY surfaces one candidate who meets those criteria and deserves recognition as a serious Gatorade State Player of the Year contender.
Name: Kimbri Herring
School: Stansbury (Tooele, Utah)
Athletic Production: In a remarkable show of stamina, Herring won four games in the span of three days this past weekend to lead Stansbury (26-4) to a third straight Class 3A state championship.
In a 5-3, title-clinching win over Garland Bear River, the 5-foot-7 right-hander belted a key two-run single at the plate and struck out three in the circle, allowing just two earned runs on eight hits.
For the season, Herring owned a 25-4 record with a 2.32 ERA and 222 strikeouts in 175 innings. She batted .349 (30-for-86) with three home runs, 21 RBI and a .605 slugging percentage. Herring concluded her prep softball career with 66 victories, second in state history.
Academic Achievement: Herring has maintained a 3.97 GPA and will continue her softball career at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah.
Exemplary Character: In addition to donating her time as a youth softball instructor, she has volunteered locally as part of area beautification projects and on behalf of her church’s youth group.