For the fourth straight year, a pitcher from either Spanish Springs or Reed has earned one of the highest honors in the country.
Cougars ace right-hander Karlyn Jones has become the latest, joining Mallary Darby (2007, 2008) as the only two Spanish Springs players to be chosen for the award. Former Reed standout Chelsea Cohen claimed it last year.
The award goes beyond the accomplishments on the softball field. It recognizes academic achievements and exemplary character on and off the field.
Jones recorded a 24-1 record with a 0.46 ERA after striking out 229 and walking three in 152 innings of work. She also hit .485, driving in 43 runs and belting four homers, leading her team to the school's third state championship in four years.
In the classroom, Jones has a weighted 3.45 grade-point average. In her free time, Jones volunteers for local fund-raising campaigns to benefit cancer research and also helps with youth softball programs.
Jones will be playing softball for the University of Pittsburgh.