Knickerbocker, Dean, Rochard, Tow garner final spring 2017 MaxPreps/NFCA National High School Player of Week honors

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Essex’s (Vt.) Sarah Knickerbocker, South Park’s (Pa.) Jess Dean, Warhill’s (Williamsburg, Va.) Keely Rochard and Madisonville-North Hopkins’ (Ky.) Kaylee Tow were selected MaxPreps/NFCA National High School Player of the Week winners for their outstanding play during the week of June 5-11.

East Region
In two games last week, Knickerbocker was 4-for-7 (.571) with a pair of home runs, four RBI and three runs scored. Leaving the yard in each contest, Knickerbocker went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored during a 3-2 win over Bellows Free Academy and 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs in a one-run defeat to Mount Anthony.

North Region
In victories over Titusville and Lincoln, Dean hit .833 and slugged 1.833 with a double, triple, home run, five RBI and four runs scored. She opened the week going 3-for-3 at the plate with a triple, three RBI and two runs. Against Lincoln, Dean doubled, homered drove in two run and scored twice.

South Region
Rochard capped off a stellar season with an epic 18-inning shutout to win the Group 3A softball state title, In the title rematch against rival Brookville, Rochard went toe-to-toe with Jordan Dail, before a two-out walk-off hit won it for the Lions. Rochard scattered 10 hits, struck out 16 and walked five, while recording one of Warhill’s eight hits. A day earlier in the semifinals, she twirled a one-hit shutout in a 2-0 victory over Patrick County. Rochard fanned 11, did not walk a batter and also drove in a run with a double.

South Central Region
Tow keyed Madisonville-North Hopkins to its first state championship. Over a three-day, six-game stretch, Tow hit .600 with two home runs, five RBI and seven runs scored. She drew five walks, which contributed to her .680 on-base percentage. She was 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs in the tournament opener against Pikeville. Tow homered against Mercy and in the first of three games against Male (2-for-2, 2B, HR, 3 R). In the title game against the same Bulldogs, she went 1-for-2 with a double.

The 2016-17 MaxPreps/NFCA High School Players of the Week are announced on NFCA.org every Monday during the spring season, with one representative chosen from each of the five regions. During the fall campaign, one player is selected each week.

Please note, in order for a school to have multiple player(s) recognized during the course of a season, a coach from that institution must be an NFCA member. To become an NFCA member, please click HERE or call 502-409-4600.

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2016-17 Max Preps/NFCA Players of the Week


Sarah Knickerbocker | Essex (Vt.) HS (East)

Jess Dean | South Park (Pa.) HS (North)

Keely Rochard | Warhill (Va.) HS (South)

Kaylee Tow | Madisonville-North Hopkins (Ky.) HS (South Central)


Mia Faieta | Cedar Grove (N.J.) HS (East)

Mackenzie Bryan | Elwood (Ind.) HS (North)

Keely Rochard | Warhill (Va.) HS (South)

Alyssa Franklin | Letcher County Central (Ky.) HS (South Central)

Brooke Yanez | Buena (Calif.) HS (West)


Kelly Nelson | Norton (Mass.) HS (East)

Macy Montgomery | Bellmont (Ind.) HS (North)

Meredith Slaw | Rappahannock (Va.) HS (South)

Michaela Stapp | Butler (Ky.) HS (South Central)

Tristin Achenbach | Russell (Mont.) HS (West)


Becca Johnson | Seymour (Conn.) HS (East)

Jordy Frank | Dubois Central Catholic (Pa.) (North)

Madison Morgan | King George (Va.) HS (South)

Lakyn Largent |McCracken County (Ky.) HS (South Central)

Cindy Robles | San Pedro (Calif.) HS (West)


Cassie McGrath | Tuckahoe (N.Y.) HS (East)

Morgan Bienkowski | Holy Redeemer (Pa.) HS (North)

Addie Robinson | Handley (Ala.) HS (South)

Montana Fouts | East Carter (Ky.) HS (Southeast)

Hailey Dolcini | Fortuna (Calif.) HS (West)


Briana Marcelino | Joel Barlow (Conn.) HS (East)

Ashley Davis | Erie (Ill.)-Prophetstown HS (North)

Lane Neumann | Huntsville (Ala.) HS (South)

Sydni Hawkins | Southeast (Kan.) HS (Southeast)

Brielle Stephens | Durham (Calif.) HS (West)


Jayda Kearney | Donovan Catholic (N.J.) (East)

Tori Wells | Lakeview (Ohio) HS (North)

Aspen Wesley |Neshoba Central (Miss.) HS (South)

Brittney Beck | Elllinwood (Kan.) HS (South Central)

Kristina Warford | Juanita (Wash.) HS (West)


Beca Findley | Seymour (Conn.) HS (East)

Carlee Selle | Reese (Mich.) HS (North)

Kaitlin Beasley-Polko | Leonardtown (Md.) HS (South)

Lyndie Swanson | St. John XXIII (Texas) (South Central)

Mikayla Rojas | Heritage (Ariz.) Academy (West)


Catherine Higgins | Medway (Mass.) HS (East)

Sidney Beier | Edinburgh (Ind.) HS (North)

Jackie Westfall | Woodside (Va.) HS (South)

Hannah Criswell | Kennett (Mo.) HS (South Central)

JaSha Roberts | Jurupa Hills (Calif.) HS (West)


Kelly Nelson | Norton (Mass.) HS (East)

Maria Reisinger | Victory Christian (Ind.) Academy (North)

Mia Davidson | Orange (N.C.) HS (South)

Montana Fouts | East Carter (Ky.) HS (South Central)

Makaiya Gomez | Copper Hills (Utah) HS (West)


Jessica Berger | Tuckahoe (N.Y.) HS (East)

Melanie Lint | Conemaugh Valley (Pa.) HS (North)

Kamdyn Kvistad | Columbia (Fla.) HS (South)

Jessica Olivarez | Dodge City (Kan.) HS (South Central)

Isabel Womack | Glencoe (Ore.) HS (West)


Yanique Spencer | Baldwin (N.Y.) HS (East)

Erin Coffel | Bremen (Ind.) HS (North)

Hailee Cutts | J.F. Webb (N.C.) HS (South)

Ariana Valles | Chapin (Texas) HS (South Central)

Kyllie Sappington | Lowry (Nev.) HS (West)


Julia Bomhardt | Indian River (Del.) HS (East)

Jenna Alfeldt | New Athens (Ill.) HS (North)

Claire Powell | Collegiate (Va.) HS (South)

Madi Pierce | Bald Knob (Ark.) HS (South Central)

Hannah La Gabed | Western Serra Collegiate (Calif.) Academy (West)


Lindsay Ward | Kirtland (Ohio) HS (North)

Haley Walker | Holtville (Ala.) HS (South)

Bailey Buffington | Bauxite (Ark.) HS (South Central)

Linnay Wilson | Coalinga (Calif.) HS (West)


Olivia Lackie | Holden (La.) HS (South)

Faith Jimenez | West Texas HS (South Central)

Kennedy Wyllie | Boulder Creek (Ariz.) HS (West)


Abbey Latham | Demopolis (Ala.) HS (South)

Taylar Mullen | Grapeland (Texas) HS (South Central)

Casey Overfield | San Ramon Valley (Calif.) HS (West)


10/24 – Madison Preston | Centralia (Mo.) HS

10/17 – Rylyan Nelson | Sterling (Colo.) HS

10/10 – Ainsley Tolson | Trenton (Mo.) HS

10/3 – Rylie Unzicker | Millard South (Neb.) HS

9/26 – Kayla Poynter | Walnut Grove (Ga.) HS

9/19 – Jordyn Hays | Grand Junction (Colo.) Central HS

9/12 – Olivia Douglas | Hastings (Neb.) HS

9/6 – Kerrigan Gamm | Osage (Mo.) HS

8/29 – Lindsey Malkin | Broomfield (Colo.) HS

8/22 – Madison McPherson | Marion County (Ga.) HS