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Russellville Standout Named Gatorade Arkansas Player of the Year

The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Andrea Kindrick of Russellville High School as its 2012-13 Gatorade Arkansas Softball Player of the Year.
CHICAGO, IL — In its 28th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Andrea Kindrick of Russellville High School as its 2012-13 Gatorade Arkansas Softball Player of the Year.  Kindrick is the first Gatorade Arkansas Softball Player of the Year to be chosen from Russellville High School.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Kindrick as Arkansas’ best high school softball player.  Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year award announced in June, Kindrick joins an elite alumni association of past state award-winners in 12 sports, including Alicia Hollowell (2000-01, Fairfield HS, Calif.), Derek Jeter (1991-92, Kalamazoo HS, Mich.), Candace Parker (2001-02, Naperville Central HS, Ill.), Abby Wambach (1997-98, Our Lady of Mercy, N.Y.), Mark Sanchez (2004-05, Mission Viejo HS, Calif.), Angela Tincher (2002-03, James River HS, Va.) and Kenzie Fowler (2006-07, Canyon del Oro HS, Ariz.).

The 5-foot-9 sophomore right-handed pitcher led the Cyclones (20-7) to the Class 6A state championship this past season. Kindrick posted a 20-4 record with a 0.16 ERA and 287 strikeouts in 135 innings pitched. She allowed 42 hits and 14 walks with 13 shutouts and six perfect games. At the plate, the two-time Class 6A First Team All-State selection batted .475 with four home runs, 10 doubles, 29 RBI and an .847 slugging percentage.

Kindrick has maintained a 3.95 GPA in the classroom. A member of the Russellville High student council, she has volunteered locally at an animal shelter, on behalf of the Salvation Army and as a youth softball coach.

“Andrea Kindrick is the real deal,” said Debbie Clark, head coach of Bryant High. “She will be pitching in the SEC one day—no doubt in my mind. She is fun to watch, especially if she’s not pitching against you. It is hard to believe she is a sophomore.”

Kindrick will begin her junior year of high school this fall.

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