Presenter Rick McMurtrey, of Sonic (from left); Aquinas' Sarah Jackson; Kristan Glover, of Greenbrier High School; and Sydnei Moss, of North Augusta High School, were honored as the Outstanding Female Athletes at the Greater Augusta Sports Awards Gala at Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta. Glover was the Gold Medal winner in the Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year.
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Kristan Glover hadn't played in a high school game in more than eight months when she took the mound in Wednesday's Georgia Athletic Coaches Association's North/South All-Star Game in Kennesaw.
It was apparent after a few innings that the former Greenbrier pitcher hadn't forgotten how to pitch.
Glover, who was named Class AAAA State Player of the Year, picked up where she left off last October by pitching seven shutout innings for a win, 2-0. She extended her prep scoreless innings mark to 56 innings, while yielding only three hits to the North All-Star team, which was made up of mostly Class-AAAAA players. Twelve of the 15 players on the North team will play Division I softball next season, and seven will play in either the ACC or the SEC. Glover didn't allow a runner past second base.
"I definitely wanted to take my game to another level," Glover said. "They were the favorites. They had a bunch of girls that will play at the highest level. I just wanted to see how I matched up."
Glover also drove in both runs in Game 1 of the double-header, which was played at Kennesaw State, and got the win over Kell's Madi Gore, who has signed with Virginia. The Tennessee Tech signee added a home run in a 3-1 Game 2 win.
Greenbrier coach Garrett Black (right) receives his gold medal from Chief Executive Jim Scherr, of the United States Olympic Committee, as the Outstanding Coach of the Year at the Greater Augusta Sports Awards Gala. Aquinas High School athletic director and football coach Jim Connor (center) also was honored.
Photo by Andrew Davis Tucker
"You know, I kind of got over her leaving school and was ready for this season," said Greenbrier softball coach Garrett Black, who also coached the South team. "But after watching her Wednesday, it made it a lot tougher. She is one of the greatest softball players this state will ever see."
Greenbrier first baseman Kristi Nichols also participated in the games.
The softball win capped off a big week for Glover and Black, who were named Outstanding Female Athlete and Area Coach of the Year at the Greater Augusta Sports Awards Gala.
"It was a big surprise," said Glover, who finished her career with a state title and more than 100 wins and 1,000 strikeouts. "I didn't really know what to expect."
Greenbrier sophomore third baseman Tiffany Blackburn finished second to Augusta Prep's Kathryn Peacock in the Rising Star category.
Augusta Prep athletes were honored at the Greater Augusta Sports Awards Gala. Richard Peacock, father of Kathryn, (left to right), Megan Yu, Mike Burley and David Knerr won awards.
Augusta Preparatory Day School won a slew of awards at the Gala.
Peacock, who finished 17th at the state cross country meet, won the Rising Star Award.
Cross country runner and swimmer Megan Yu was the runner-up for All-Around Athlete.
All-State soccer player David Knerr, who also plays basketball, finished second in All-Around Athlete.
Prep's cross country coach Mike Burley finished third in Outstanding Coach after leading the girls team to a state title.
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