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: Sydney Greenlund
School: West Fargo (N.D.)
Athletic achievement: Greenlund led the Packers (33-2) to their 15th straight Class A state championship this past season. She batted .465 with three home runs, 49 runs scored, 41 RBI and a .711 slugging percentage. Greenlund is a two-time First Team All-Eastern Dakota Conference selection.
Academic excellence: Greenlund has maintained a 3.98 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: The winner of West Fargo High’s Outstanding Commitment and Leadership Award, she has volunteered locally as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army, as a youth softball coach and on behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters Fargo.
“Sydney Greenlund had to handle a young pitching staff this year,” said West Fargo head coach Pat Johnson. “Someone needed to lead the staff. Sydney is also the anchor of our offense. She approaches the game not only with her ability but also her mind.”
THE FUTURE: Greenlund has signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball on scholarship at Jamestown College this fall.