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.
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THE WINNER: Pauline Tufi
School: West Anchorage (Anchorage, Alaska)
Athletic achievement: Tufi posted a 6-3 record in 82 innings this past season leading the Eagles (20-7) to the Large School state final on the strength of a 1.25 ERA and 105 strikeouts. The 2010-11 Gatorade Alaska Softball Player of the Year, she also batted .500 with six home runs and 30 RBI, producing a .987 slugging percentage.
Academic excellence: Tufi has maintained a 3.97 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of the Salvation Army, the Lions Club International and the Alaskan Sled Dog & Racing Association.
“Pauline Tufi is a tremendous ballplayer and a great kid,” said Andy Fowkes, head coach at South Anchorage (Anchorage, Alaska). “She can hurt you in so many ways on the field with both her arm and with her bat. I wish she played for me.”
THE FUTURE: Tufi has verbally committed to play softball on an athletic scholarship at the University of Northern Colorado beginning in the fall of 2013.