Newcomerstown High's loss will definitely be Ohio Dominican University's gain.
Two-sport standout Allie Hinton, about to begin her senior season as a member of the Lady Trojans' basketball and softball teams, has signed her letter-of-intent to attend ODU next fall where she'll be a member of the Lady Panthers' softball team.
Heading into her final season at NHS, Hinton has already etched her name into the record book quite a few times. Among them are single-season marks for hits (54), RBI (41), doubles (16), home runs (3) and fewest strikeouts (3); and career standards for hits (138), RBI (96), home runs (6), triples (12) and doubles (42). She's also second on the NHS listings for stolen bases in a game (3), triples in a season (5) and runs in a season (33).
She's already in the OHSAA record book with 11 consecutive hits during the 2011 season (ninth on the state list) and with a productive senior year, she'll likely appear in a few more categories.
Hinton enters her senior season with a three-year combined batting average of .502.
As a freshman, she hit .385 and was named second team all-Easterni District and honorable mention all-IVC.
She boosted her average to .545 as a sophomore, gaining first team all-Ohio Division IV, all-Eastern District and all-IVC accolades and then last year, she upped the ante once again to .562 and was second team all-Ohio along with first team all-Eastern District and all-IVC.
"She's definitely a heck of a player." said NHS coach John Dupke. "I've had her for three years in high school and also a year of travel ball. She was the center of the team, both offensively as a hitter and defensively at shortstop. She's a quiet kid who leads completely by example. She's very strong and very athletic and loves the game of softball.
"You couldn't ask for a better kid to coach, " Dupke continued. "I've coached softball for 13 years at different levels, and I think she's the most complete player I've ever seen. That will translate well to the college level."
Hinton has also excelled in summer travel ball, competing with the Sugar & Spice, Twisted Sisters and Road Runner Elite teams over the year and it was while playing in a fall tournament with the latter this fall that she came to the attention of the ODU coach.
"I can tell you she is an excellent defensive player with good range and a strong arm," said Road Runner coach Rick Sherman. "She will be our number one shortstop for this coming summer and she will be another in a long line of great short stops that have played for the Elite team.
"She also is a very good hitter with very nice power," Sherman added. "She should bat either third or fourth in our order."
On the basketball court, Hinton also has shown continued improvement.
As a freshman, she averaged 6.4 points and gained all-District 5 honorable mention; as a sophomore, she tallied 10.6 points and gained first team all-District 5, second team all-IVC and third team all-Eastern District accolades; and as a junior, she scored 17.4 per game and was a special mention all-Ohio Division III, first team all-Eastern District, all-District 5 and all-IVC honoree.
She enters her final campaign with 733 career points, thus she'll likely reach the 1,000-point plateau at some point, and she's also in the OHSAA record book in hoops with 21 consecutive free throws made in the 2010-11 season (38th place).
The daughter of Mike and Susan Hinton, she plans to pursue a bachelor's degree in sports management and a master's degree in business management at ODU. She's currently enrolled in the post-secondary progam at Kent State University-Tuscarawas.