After a 2002 season at Mira Mesa of San Diego in which she was the State Junior Player of the Year, Dodd moved over to University City and did more than enough to justify her logical progression to be the overall choice as a senior. She also has to go down as perhaps the best player ever from the San Diego Section. A three-time Player of the Year by the San Diego Union-Tribune, the last time a San Diego girl was the State Player of the Year was 1979.
At Mira Mesa last year, Dodd's pitching efforts were more noteworthy than her hitting, but that changed around at University City. Dodd established a new state record for home runs in a season with 17 and nearly broke another state record by going on a 16-for-16 hitting streak. Her season batting average was a robust .612 with a section record 63 hits in 103 at-bats. In addition to the 17 homers, Dodd also had seven doubles, four triples and 50 RBI.
As a pitcher for University City, Dodd went 16-2 in 2003 and had a 0.16 ERA. That includes a streak of 10 straight games in which she pitched shutouts. Dodd also threw two no-hitters and five one-hitters and had 204 strikeouts in 127 innings.
For her career, Dodd's numbers were equally impressive: .502 batting average, 225 hits, 150 runs, 57-7 pitching record, 47 shutouts, 0.12 ERA, 783 strikeouts and nine no-hitters.
All of that, of course, wouldn't have meant much if Dodd's team hadn't won a championship. The Centurions took care of that with a 6-0 win over Clairemont in the San Diego Section Div. III final. They finished No. 4 in the state overall and No. 12 in the final Student Sports FAB 50 national rankings.
A successful athlete as well in soccer and cross country, Dodd graduated with a 3.4 GPA and signed a letter of intent last fall with NCAA champion UCLA.
STATE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
(All selections by CalHiSports.com)
2003 -- Lisa Dodd (University City, San Diego)
2002 -- Alicia Hollowell (Fairfield)
2001 -- Marissa Marzan (Bullard, Fresno)
2000 -- Jamie Southern (Clovis)
1999 -- Andrea Vidlund (Casa Roble, Orangevale)
1998 -- Amanda Freed (Pacifica, Garden Grove)
1997 -- Amanda Freed (Pacifica, Garden Grove)
1996 -- Amanda Scott (Clovis)
1995 -- Courtney Dale (Bullard, Fresno)
1994 -- Sara Griffin (Simi Valley)
1993 -- Sara Griffin (Simi Valley)
1992 -- Leah O'Brien (Don Lugo, Chino)
1991 -- Jennifer Brundage (Irvine)
1990 -- Karen Jackson (Roseville)
1989 -- Lisa Fernandez (St. Joseph, Lakewood)
1988 -- Michele Granger (Valencia, Placentia)
1987 -- Michele Granger (Valencia, Placentia)
1986 -- Michele Granger (Valencia, Placentia)
1985 -- Jackie Oakley (Ocean View, Huntington Beach)
1984 -- Samantha Ford (Hart, Newhall)
1983 -- Shawn Andaya (Lodi)
1982 -- Kandy Foust (Righetti, Santa Maria)
1981 -- Tracy Compton (Righetti, Santa Maria)
1980 -- Tracy Compton (Righetti, Santa Maria)
1979 -- Mary Lou Ramm (Hilltop, Chula Vista)
1978 -- Teri Young (El Segundo)
1977 -- Karen Andrews (Henry, San Diego)
1976 -- Jan Jeffers (Lompoc)
1975 -- Barbara Reinalda (Valley Christian, Cerritos)
1974 -- Barbara Reinalda (Valley Christian, Cerritos)
Note: Additional all-time picks for medium schools, small schools, juniors, sophomores and freshmen also extend back to the 1970s in the Cal-Hi Sports Record Book & Almanac. To order previous editions of the book, call 1-800-660-1334.