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Choteau/Conrad's Achenbach Named Montana Gatorade Softball Player of the Year

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In its 31st year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Tristin Achenbach of the Conrad-Choteau Co-op Team as its 2015-16 Gatorade Montana Softball Player of the Year. Achenbach is the first Gatorade Montana Softball Player of the Year to be chosen from the Conrad-Choteau Co-op Team.

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 Achenbach as Montana’s best high school softball player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year award announced in June, Achenbach 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 6-foot-1 junior right-handed pitcher led the Cowgirls to a 25-3 record and a second straight Class B/C state championship this past season, firing a perfect game in the title-clincher. Achenbach was 23-0 in the circle with a 0.19 ERA, setting state records for both single-season wins and ERA. She amassed 338 strikeouts in 151 innings pitched, allowing just 24 hits and issuing only eight walks. Achenbach also fired 12 no-hitters and spun four perfect games—both state single-season records. A 2015 MaxPreps Small School All- American, she batted .607 at the plate with four home runs, 16 doubles, 34 runs scored and 35 RBI. She finished the season with a .663 on-base percentage and a 1.013 slugging percentage.

Achenbach has maintained a 4.0 GPA in the classroom and ranks No. 1 in her class at Choteau High. She has volunteered locally with Backpack Buddies, a program that provides food for students in need, and as part of multiple community-service initiatives through her school’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America chapter. She has also donated her time as a youth softball coach.

“Tristin is a phenomenal softball player,” said Tim Bastian, head coach of Huntley Project High. “She is an all-around great player with a super strong arm and a great bat to back it up.”

Achenbach has made a verbal commitment to play softball on an athletic scholarship at the University of Montana beginning in the fall of 2017.
The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade high school sports leadership team in partnership with USA TODAY High School Sports, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.

Achenbach joins recent Gatorade Montana Softball Players of the Year Morgan Ray (2014-15, 2013-14 & 2012-13, Frenchtown High School), Heidi Riley (2011-12, Skyview High School), Jaimee Paffhausen,(2010-11, Butte High School), Jessyka MacDonald, (2009-10, Billings West High School), DJ Johnson (2008-09, Hellgate High School), Maghan Yurek (2007–08, C.M. Russell High School), and Bobbie Lee, (2006-07, C.M. Russell High School) among the state’s list of former award winners.

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