On July 5th, 2000, the very first Austin Area All-Star game was played at Westlake High School. The event was the creation of Kevin Jannusch, President of The Hearts of Texas Softball Club, as a way to honor the best graduating seniors in the greater Austin Area. The popularity of the game has grown every year.
The first year featured a format whereby college players played against high school seniors. In 2001 the format changed to a North versus South arrangement, and it has remained this way ever since.
Every year the game has been exciting to watch. Every year more and more of the area’s best seniors have taken part in the All-Star Game, and this year is no exception.
At the end of the game one player from each squad is recognized as the “most valuable player” for the efforts put forth during the game for her team. This player will be rewarded with a cash scholarship.
The North MVP scholarship is awarded in the name of Jenna Spene. Jenna played softball for McNeil High School until the last day of her sophomore year in 2000 when an automobile accident took her life. We celebrate her life and spirit by presenting the North MVP scholarship in her name.
The South MVP scholarship is awarded in the name of Brittany Tuck. Brittany was a former club teammate of Jenna, and attended Lake Travis and Dayton High Schools. She played in this game herself in 2002 and won the MVP award for her outstanding play. Then, in December of 2004, her life was stopped short by an automobile accident. We recognize the achievements made by this outstanding athlete by awarding the South MVP scholarship in her name.