Alyssa Forte – Softball
Hernando – Junior
The multi-sport Forte, who anchored second base in softball and also played basketball, enabled the Leopards to reach the Class 5A FHSAA State Final Four in Vero Beach for the first time in 18 years.
Forte, who hit .379 for the season, grabbed a third-inning bunt attempt for an out and fired a seed to third base to complete the game’s lone double play in the pulsating 1-0 5A-II regional finale at Alachua-Santa Fe.
At states at Holman Stadium against Coral Springs Charter, she did not bat in the 6-1 loss to the Panthers, but converted her lone defensive chance at second.
Forte was solid in the classroom, maintaining a 3.520 grade point average while taking honors and advance placement courses.
Alyssa spends her free time volunteering at the Brooksville Veterinarian Clinic 5-10 hours a week.