Wolverine standout awarded
As she prepares to head off to Jackson State University in Mississippi, Truckee Wolverine Heather Shove is going to have to make room in her car for at least one more trophy.
Last week, Nevada Prep.com named Shove their NIAA 3A and 4A Female Athlete of the Year.
The Web site covers high school sports all over the state of Nevada.
“Great athletes are a dime a dozen, but we want to acknowledge things above and beyond athletics,” said Nevada Prep’s Chuck Hildebrand. “We want to acknowledge people who are taking risks.”
Their top award, the Florence Murphy Award, went to Wooster’s Brianne McGowan.
Hildebrand said the award was named after Murphy for her pioneering efforts in aviation and business.
Murphy was the first female aviator in Nevada, earning her license in 1936.
The award is typically given to the top senior female student athlete in Nevada.
Hildebrand said that on virtually any other year the award would have gone to Shove, but the stats complied by McGowan, a junior pitcher who led Wooster to its third straight NIAA 4A softball championship, were too much to overlook.
“Brianne McGowan’s numbers and achievements were overwhelming,” Hildebrand said. “But any other year, it goes to Heather.”
In addition to her on-the-field accomplishments in three sports, including the Wolverines’ first appearance in recent history in the NIAA 3A state title softball game, Hildebrand said Nevada Prep was impressed by Shove’s decision to attend Jackson State, a predominately Black college in Mississippi.
“For somebody to have the self confidence to do that, it really fits into the sprit of the award,” he said.
Shove is headed to Jackson State on a one-year softball scholarship.
The web site address for Nevada Prep is http://www.nevprep.com/.
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