High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Beatrice

Nebraska Softball POY: Alicia Armstrong

June, 6, 2012
A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Softball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in this winner based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011-12 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For her 48 fellow Gatorade State Softball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Alicia Armstrong


School: Beatrice (Neb.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Shortstop
Height: 5-foot-11


Athletic achievement: Armstrong finished with a state-record .690 batting average this past season along with six home runs, 46 runs scored, 27 RBI and 32 stolen bases, leading the Lady Orange (25-7) to the Class B state final. Captain of the Lincoln Journal Star Super-State team, she was also a member of the Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska Team. Armstrong owns or shares six state records, including highest career batting average (.514).

Academic excellence: Armstrong has maintained a 3.94 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: President of her senior class, she has volunteered locally on behalf of youth sports programs and blood-donation drives.

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The window on the Gatorade State Softball Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Alicia Armstrong
Senior Shortstop, Beatrice High (Beatrice, NE)

2012 Team record: 25-7
2012 Team standing: Lost in Class B state final

2012 Batting average: .690
2012 RBI: 27
2012 Runs: 46

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Nebraska

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Captain of Super-State team; First Team All-Nebraska; Set state records for batting average in a season and career.

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