– Ally Distler
of Columbine High School (Littleton, Colo.) was named MaxPreps/NFCA National High School Player of the Week for her outstanding play during the week of Oct. 21-27. The senior catcher keyed the offense during Columbine's run to the program's first Colorado High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) state title.
Over four games, Distler hit .545 (6-for-11), launched four home runs, doubled, recorded 10 RBI, slugged 1.727 and scored six times. In the CHSAA 5A championship game, the program's first appearance since 1995, she broke a 1-1 deadlock with a second-inning leadoff home run and gave the Rebels a 5-1 cushion over Fossil Ridge with a three-run blast an inning later. The victory capped off a 28-2 season for the Rebels.
Distler doubled, homered, drove in and scored three runs during Columbine's first-round victory over Valor Christian. She followed that performance with a three-run homer to punctuate a four-run fourth in a 7-5 quarterfinal victory against Legacy.
MaxPreps.com, the official high school statistical provider of the NFCA, provides all statistics for the NFCA High School Player of the Week award. To nominate a player for the award, the coach must enter his or her athlete's game stats into MaxPreps.com by Sunday evening to be eligible for that week's award.
The MaxPreps/NFCA High School Players of the Week are announced on NFCA.org every Monday during the fall season, with one representative chosen from the participating regions. During the spring campaign, a player from each of five separate high school regions is selected.
MaxPreps is a free stat tool that is available to high school coaches across the country and is one of the most recognized and respected high school athletics websites on the internet. Coaches who enter their team's stats on MaxPreps will not only be nominating their players for this award, but they will be getting their team's information out to thousands of high school sports fans, as well as college coaches across the country.