Rylie Unzicker, the younger sister of Husker junior Madi Unzicker, was one of the state's top players for Millard South. Rylie, who won three Class A state championships with the Patriots, was a four-time first-team Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska selection and a four-time first-team Lincoln Journal Star Super-State honoree. She is one of only five players in the history of the All-Nebraska team to be a four-time, first-team selection. Unzicker was also the 2016-17 Nebraska Gatorade Player of the Year and a two-time high school All-American.
Unzicker earned national recognition as she was named a two-time second-team high school All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), earning the honor following both her junior and senior seasons. In addition to her selection to the NFCA second team as a senior, Unzicker was also named a first-team All-American by FloSoftball, a second-team All-American by Fastpitch News and a third-team All-American by USA Today. She was also one of only 48 players nationally - and the first player ever from Nebraska - selected to participate in the Premier Girls Fastpitch High School All-American Game, which will air on ESPNU on Friday, July 28. Unzicker was also selected as the 2016-17 Nebraska Gatorade Softball Player of the Year.
Unzicker set Millard South career records in hits (187), doubles (48), home runs (38), RBIs (130), runs scored (185) and batting average (.524). Unzicker's 185 runs were a Nebraska all-class record, and her .524 batting average was the highest ever by a Class A player and ranked fifth overall in state history.
Unzicker capped her career last fall by leading Millard South to a third state title in four years as the Patriots' center fielder. She was named honorary captain of the All-Nebraska team and was co-honorary captain of the Super-State squad, along with fellow signee Olivia Ferrell. Unzicker hit .500 and drove in 47 runs as a senior, while setting school records with 18 home runs and 57 runs scored. She was named the MaxPreps National Player of the Week in the final week of September after going 10-for-13 (.778) during the week with three doubles, four homers, 10 RBIs and 12 runs.
As a junior, Unzicker hit safely in 28 of 31 games, finishing with 16 multi-hit games while playing shortstop for the first time in her career. She played in the outfield her first two seasons. She posted a .558 batting average as a junior with 53 hits, 46 runs, 12 doubles, four triples, four home runs and 22 RBIs. Following her junior season, Unzicker was named a first-team All-Nebraska and Super-State selection for the third consecutive year.
As a sophomore, Unzicker hit .477 with nine doubles, 10 homers, 33 RBIs and 44 runs. She hit .556 in the postseason while slugging four of her 10 home runs, earning first-team Super-State and All-Nebraska accolades for the second straight season. Unzicker batted .551 with 43 hits as a freshman, when she was the only freshman on the Super-State or All-Nebraska team.
Unzicker played her travel ball for the Nebraska Gold.
Coach Revelle on Rylie:
“Rylie is a gifted athlete who will leave her mark on both sides of the ball. Rylie is an explosive offensive player with her power and speed. Defensively, she makes brilliant catches look routine as she roams the grass as gracefully as any we have ever seen on our Nebraska softball team."