THE WINNER: Luke Heimlich
School: Puyallup (Wash.)
Weight: 175 pounds
Athletic achievement: He led the Vikings to a 24-0 record and the Class 4A semifinals, scheduled for Friday. At the time of his selection, Heimlich owned a 9-0 record with a 0.57 ERA and 93 strikeouts against just 12 walks in 61 innings pitched. A 2014 Perfect Game Underclass Honorable Mention selection, he also compiled a WHIP of 0.67 and fired a pair of no-hitters through 23 games.
Academic excellence: Heimlich has maintained a 3.76 GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of his school’s debate team, he has volunteered locally on behalf of the YMCA as well as multiple community service initiatives in association with his church youth group.
“Luke Heimlich is the first pitcher that I have seen who every time he is scheduled to pitch, it is an automatic win for their team,” said Danny Graham, head coach at Federal Way. “He has three nasty pitches that are very difficult for anyone in our league to hit. He is so good that when you look in the box score and see that someone scored a run on him, you think it is a mistake.”
THE FUTURE: Heimlich has verbally committed to Oregon State.