Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Updated: August 25, 5:59 PM ET
Gatorade Montana Softball POY
In its third decade of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, Gatorade joined with RISE Magazine to name senior catcher MAGHAN YUREK of C.M. RUSSELL HIGH as its 2007-2008 Montana Softball Player of the Year.
The 5-foot-8 senior catcher produced a .506 batting average, 44 RBI, 31 runs scored and seven home runs this season, leading the Rustlers (19-8) to a fifth-place finish in the Class AA state tournament. A three-time First Team All-State selection, Yurek compiled an .828 slugging percentage and a .557 on-base percentage this spring. She set the state single-season record for RBI this season and set the state record for home runs in a season with 12 as a junior.
Yurek has maintained a 3.62 GPA in the classroom. The Heisey Award recipient at CMR for her scholastic improvement, effort and citizenship, she volunteers with the Special Olympics in addition to participating in multiple community-service initiatives on behalf of the National Honor Society.
"I believe that she had a much better understanding of the strike zone and was a much more patient hitter this year," said CMR head coach Roger Spring. "Many teams tried to pitch around Maghan all year, and she just waited them out. Maghan has great power to all fields and is not just a one-dimensional hitter. She can hit for power and still hit with a high batting average with few strikeouts."
Yurek has signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball at Boise State University this fall.