A panel of local high school sports experts unanimously chose Central Dauphin’s 3-sport star, Sam Gress, as “Linglestown Gazette Sports 2018-2019 Female Athlete of the Year.” Gress played softball, basketball and golf, all at high levels, and capped off her Rams sports career by leading her softball team to a PIAA class 6A state championship. She ended the season with a 20-1 record and earned run average of .34 in the pitcher’s circle, while batting .420 with 10 home runs on the offensive side.
Over her career, Sam helped lead her teams to five District-3 titles … two softball, two basketball, and one golf. Her individual accomplishments this year included eclipsing 1,000 career points and a McDonald’s All-American nomination in basketball, along with the PennLive Softball Player of the Year award.
Said LG Sports director Joe Gilloway of Gress, “Athletes like Sam come around once in a generation, and that’s if we’re lucky. To play three altogether different sports at such high levels doesn’t just happen. It takes a great deal of dedication and preparation, and hers is unmatched. I’ll really miss watching her compete. I’d pay good money for four more years of it.”
Gress will continue her academic and softball careers at North Carolina State University.
Photos by Neil Renaldi