“It’s really cool,” Cohen said. I’m kind of shocked. I wouldn’t be where I am without the people around me. I just want to thank them.”
Cohen was nominated for the award and had to fill out additional paperwork on her level of involvement at school, as well her community service, her father Todd Cohen said.
“We’re obviously very happy about it,” he said. “It just seems like she’s put in a lot of hard work over the years.”
Student-athletes are selected on, “the basis of outstanding athletic excellence accompanied by high standards of academic achievement and exemplary personal character demonstrated on and off the field,” according to the Gatorade Player of the Year Web site.
Cohen said she participates in a lot of community services activities through the leadership and student council programs at Reed High School.
“We were thrilled,” Todd Cohen said. “There were a lot of kids who had good years. I think it came down to a lot of her leadership stuff at school, community service-type stuff.”
In the classroom, Cohen had a grade-point average of about 3.15. On the diamond in her senior season, she had a record of 15-5 with a 0.87 ERA. She racked up 169 strikeouts against just nine walks on the season.
Spanish Springs softball coach Jeff Davidson saw plenty of Cohen’s softball prowess during this past spring’s softball season. Cohen is the only pitcher who can boast of the fact that she led her Reed team to multiple victories over what were then the two-time defending state champion Cougars.
“We’re always excited for one of the best pitchers or players in the state,” Davidson said. “We’re all about competition. We knew that when she was throwing against us we needed to be on our game. She’s just a very good athlete.”
At the plate in 2009, Cohen plated 39 RBIs, bashed nine home runs and had a .403 batting average.
“She’s just a competitor,” Davidson said. “I coached her in travel ball and she was a competitor then. And she is now. She just was a great competitor.”
Davidson also coached last year’s award recipient, former Spanish Springs standout and current University of Nevada hurler Mallary Darby, who won the award in back-to-back years.
Cohen has signed her letter-of-intent to go to the University of Arkansas in the fall on a softball scholarship.
With the status as Nevada Softball Player of the Year, Cohen was a finalist for the Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year.