High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Gatorade Player of the Year

Eye on POY: New Hampshire Softball

June, 4, 2012
6/04/12
4:25
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The window on the Gatorade State Softball Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Taylor Carbone
Senior RHP/first baseman, Alvirne (Hudson)

2012 Team record: 16-4
2012 Team standing: Will play in Division I semifinals on June 5

2012 W-L record: 13-2
2012 ERA:1.02
2012 Strikeouts: 131
2012 Innings pitched: 96

2012 Batting average: .581
2012 RBI: 28
2012 Runs: 24

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: UMass Amherst

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2010-2011 Gatorade New Hampshire Softball Player of the Year; 2009-2012 Team MVP; 2009 and 2011 Nashua Telegraph Player of the Year; 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State;

Nicole Gubellini
Senior RHP/first baseman, Salem (NH)

2012 Team record: 19-0
2012 Team standing: Will play in Division I semifinals on June 5
2012 W-L record: 13-0
2012 ERA: 0.61
2012 Strikeouts: 133
2012 Innings: 98

2012 Batting average: .493
2012 RBI: 24
2012 OBP: .545

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Quinnipiac

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 Lawrence Eagle Tribune All-Area Team;

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Softball Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign.

Jacklyn Dubois: Senior catcher, Bishop Guertin (Nashua)
Lindsey Bolduc: Senior outfielder, Londonderry (NH)
Britney Bernard: Senior RHP, Pinkerton Academy (Derry)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.

Eye on POY: Ohio Softball

June, 4, 2012
6/04/12
3:55
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The window on the Gatorade State Softball Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Kenzie Conrad
Senior RHP, Keystone (LaGrange)

2012 Team record: 32-0
2012 Team standing: Won Division II state title

2012 W-L record: 25-0
2012 ERA: 0.61
2012 Strikeouts: 156
2012 Innings pitched: 115

2012 Batting average: .470
2012 Home runs: 11
2012 RBI: 39

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: Akron

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2011 Cleveland Plain Dealer Girls Softball Player of the Year; 2009-2011 First Team All-State; 2009-2011 First Team All-Conference

Erin Gabriel
Senior RHP, Poland Seminary (Poland)

2012 Team record: 27-3
2012 Team standing: Lost in Division II semifinals

2012 W-L record: 16-2
2012 ERA: 0.53
2012 Strikeouts: 232
2012 Innings pitched: 124.2

2012 Batting average:
.461
2012 RBI: 28
2012 Runs: 35

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Tennessee

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 Gatorade Ohio Softball Player of the Year; 2009-2011 First Team All-State; 2009-2011 First Team All-Conference; 2011 and 2012 USA Softball Junior Women's National Team member;

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Softball Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign.

Erin Pond: Senior shortstop, Keystone (Lagrange)
Savannah Dorsey Senior RHP, Central Crossing (Grove City)
Mackenzie Wallace: Senior RHP, Copley (OH)
Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.

Eye on POY: Oklahoma Softball

June, 3, 2012
6/03/12
10:51
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The window on the Gatorade State Softball Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Darcy Taylor
Senior RHP/first baseman, Jenks (Tulsa)

2012 Team record: 36-5
2012 Team standing: Lost in first round of Class 6A state tournament

2012 Batting average: .504
2012 RBI: 17
2012 Runs: 64
2012 Slugging percentage: 1.133

2012 W-L record: 28-5
2012 ERA: 1.93
2012 Strikeouts: 160
2012 WHIP: 0.80

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Arizona

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2011 Tulsa World Player of the Year; 2010 Tulsa World Pitcher of the Year; 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State; 2010 and 2011 First Team All-Conference

Jessica Walker
Junior RHP, Grove (OK)

2012 Team record: 33-4
2012 Team standing: Lost in Class 5A semifinals

2012 W-L record: 29-2
2012 ERA: 0.45
2012 Strikeouts: 352

2012 Batting average: .397
2012 RBI: 24
2012 Runs: 17

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Jacksonville (verbal commitment)

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State; 2010 and 2011 First Team All-Conference

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Softball Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign.

Whitney Ellis: Senior catcher, Yukon (OK)
Erin Miller: Senior outfielder, Jenks (Tulsa)
Leslie Miller: Senior RHP, Blanchard (OK)
Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.

Eye on POY: Hawaii Softball

June, 3, 2012
6/03/12
10:09
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The window on the Gatorade State Softball Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Keiki Carlos
Senior RHP, Mid-Pacific Institute (Honolulu)

2012 Team record: 17-2
2012 Team standing: Won Division I state title

2012 W-L record: 17-2
2012 ERA: 1.17
2012 Strikeouts: 113
2012 Innings: 114

2012 Batting average: .592
2012 RBI: 26
2012 OBP: .667

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Hawaii

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2010-2011 Gatorade Hawaii Softball Player of the Year; 2009-2012 First Team All-State; 2009-2012 First Team All-League; 2010 and 2011 All-Tournament Team

Tasi Docktor
Senior third baseman, Mid-Pacific Institute (Honolulu)

2012 Team record: 17-2
2012 Team standing: Won Division I state title

2012 Batting average: .451
2012 RBI: 24
2012 Runs: 26

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Akron

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2011 and 2012 First Team All-League; 2011 and 2012 First Team All-State

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Softball Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign.

Alexis Paulo-Meyers: Senior RHP, Nanakuli (Waianae)
Ulu Matagiese: Senior RHP, Waimea (HI)
Lindsey Matoi: Senior infielder, Mid-Pacific Institute (Honolulu)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.

Eye on POY: Maine Softball

June, 2, 2012
6/02/12
1:39
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The window on the Gatorade State Softball Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Julia Geaumont
Senior RHP, Thornton Academy (Saco)

2012 Team record: 14-1
2012 Team standing: Will play in Class A quarterfinals on June 7

2012 W-L record:
14-2
2012 ERA: 0.84
2012 Strikeouts: 136
2012 Innings: 96

2012 Batting average: .679
2012 RBI: 35
2012 OPS: 2.251

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Bowdoin

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State; 2009 Second Team All-State

Alyssa Williamson
Sophomore RHP/first baseman, Scarborough (ME)

2012 Team record: 15-0
2012 Team standing: Will play in Class A quarterfinals on June 7

2012 Batting average: .577
2012 RBI: 28
2012 OPS: 1.619

2012 W-L record: 5-0
2012 ERA: 0.25
2012 Strikeouts: 35
2012 Innings: 28

Academics: B-plusaverage
Collegiate destination: HS Sophomore

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 All-Tournament selection

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Softball Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign.

Mo Hannon: Senior RHP/shortstop, Scarborough (ME)
Erin Bogdanovich: Junior RHP, South Portland (ME)
Maddie Pearson: Junior outfielder, Fryeburg Academy (Fryeburg)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.

Eye on POY: Alaska Softball

June, 2, 2012
6/02/12
10:43
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The window on the Gatorade State Softball Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Nikki Olsen
Junior RHP/catcher/first baseman, West Anchorage (Anchorage)

2012 Team record: 21-6
2012 Team standing: Will play in Large School semifinals on June 2

2012 Batting average: .446
2012 RBI: 21
2012 Runs: 17

2012 W-L record: 6-2
2012 ERA: 2.85
2012 Strikeouts: 76
2012 Innings: 43

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: HS Junior

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-Conference; 2011 All-Tournament Team

Pauline Tufi
Junior RHP/shortstop, West Anchorage (Anchorage)

2012 Team record: 21-6
2012 Team standing: Will play in Large School semifinals on June 2

2012 Batting average: .524
2012 RBI: 30
2012 Runs: 38
2012 OPS: 1.563

2012 W-L record: 6-3
2012 ERA: 1.16
2012 Strikeouts: 98
2012 Innings: 76.67

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Northern Colorado (verbal commitment)

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2010-2011 Gatorade Alaska Softball Player of the Year; 2011 Conference Player of the Year; 2010 and 2011 All-Tournament Team;

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Softball Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign.

Sydney Smith: Sophomore RHP, East Anchorage (Anchorage)
Taria Page: Freshman shortstop, East Anchorage (East Anchorage)
Samantha Everett: Junior catcher, Colony (Palmer)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.

Eye on POY: Wisconsin Baseball

May, 27, 2012
5/27/12
2:18
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The window on the Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Kyle Cody
Senior RHP/first baseman, McDonell Central Catholic (Chippewa Falls)

2012 Team record: 14-6
2012 Team standing: Will begin Division IV Sectional Tournament on May 29

2012 W-L record: 4-0
2012 ERA: 0.76
2012 Strikeouts: 74
2012 Innings: 37

2012 Batting average: .419
2012 RBI: 12
2012 Runs: 11

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Kentucky

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 First Team All-Conference; 2010 Second Team All-Conference

Nathan Mikolas
Senior first baseman, Bradford (Kenosha)

2012 Team record: 17-3
2012 Team standing: Will begin Division I Sectional Tournament on May 29

2012 Batting average: .500
2012 RBI: 15
2012 Runs: 23

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Louisville

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 Area Code Games participant; 2011 First Team All-State

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign.

Grant Yost: Senior RHP, Appleton North (WI)
Sam Hurt: Junior infielder/outfielder, Eua Claire North (WI)
Bill Brookshaw: Senior infielder, Prescott (WI)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.
The window on the Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Trevor Lane
Senior LHP/outfielder, Mount Si (Snoqualmie)

2012 Team record: 20-4
2012 Team standing: Lost in Class 3A quarterfinals

2012 W-L record: 7-1
2012 ERA: 2.15
2012 Strikeouts: 77
2012 Innings: 48.67

2012 Batting average: .446
2012 RBI: 19
2012 Runs: 23

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-League; 2012 Team Captain

Reese McGuire
Junior catcher, Kentwood (Covington)

2012 Team record: 25-2
2012 Team standing: Won Class 4A state title

2012 Batting average: .460
2012 RBI: 30
2012 Runs: 21

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: San Diego (verbal commitment)

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-League; 2011 Area Code Games Participant; 2012 Under Armour All-American invitee;

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign.

Jonny Locher: Senior outfielder, Highline (Burien)
Sam Brown: Senior LHP, Jackson (Mill Creek)
Clint Coulter: Senior catcher, Union (Camas)
Reese Karalus: Senior RHP, Mount Si (Snoqualmie)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.

Eye on POY: Utah Baseball

May, 27, 2012
5/27/12
1:21
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The window on the Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Brady Lail
Senior RHP/shortstop, Bingham (South Jordan)

2012 Team record: 25-4
2012 Team standing: Lost in Class 5A quarterfinals

2012 W-L record: 7-2
2012 ERA: 2.38
2012 Strikeouts: 75
2012 Innings: 44

2012 Batting average: .380
2012 RBI: 17
2012 Runs:16

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Arizona

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 First Team All-Region; 2011 Area Code Games participant

Kayden Porter
Senior RHP/first baseman, Spanish Fork (UT)

2012 Team record: 22-5
2012 Team standing: Lost in Class 3A semifinals

2012 Batting average: .368
2012 RBI: 26
2012 Runs: 27

2012 W-L record: 5-1
2012 ERA: 1.79
2012 Strikeouts: 60
2012 Innings: 47

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: North Carolina

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2010-11 Gatorade Utah Baseball Player of the Year; 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 Utah Mr. Baseball; 2011 Region MVP; 2011 Perfect Game National Showcase participant

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign. Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.

Hayden Nielsen: Senior shortstop/RHP, Spanish Fork (UT)
Connor Williams: Senior RHP/OF, Bingham (South Jordan)
Riley Gates: Junior LHP/outfielder, Snow Canyon (UT)

Eye on POY: Pennsylvania Baseball

May, 27, 2012
5/27/12
6:50
AM ET
The window on the Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Danny Hoy
Senior shortstop, Germantown Academy (Fort Washington)

2012 Team record: 20-7
2012 Team standing: Lost in Pennsylavania Independent Schools tournament quarterfinals

2012 Batting average: .464
2012 RBI: 29
2012 Runs: 49

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Princeton

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-State; 2010 and 2010 First Team All-League

Kenny Koplove
Senior RHP/shortstop, William Penn Charter School (Philadelphia)

2012 Team record: 20-4
2012 Team standing: Will play in Pennsylvania Independent Schools tournament semifinals on May 27.

2012 W-L record: 9-1
2012 ERA: 2.06
2012 Strikeouts: 80
2012 Innings: 48

2012 Batting average: .347
2012 RBI: 19
2012 Runs: 18

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Duke

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2009-2011 First Team All-State; 2009 and 2010 League MVP; 2011 Area Code Games Participant; 2009-2011 First Team All-City

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign.

Joe DeCarlo: Senior infielder, Garnet Valley (Glen Mills)
Joe Ravert: Senior infielder/RHP, Malvern Prep (Malvern)
Preston Bare: Senior outfielder, Palmyra (PA)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.

Eye on POY: Oklahoma Baseball

May, 27, 2012
5/27/12
6:22
AM ET
The window on the Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Taylor Hawkins
Senior catcher/outfielder, Carl Albert (Midwest City)

2012 Team record: 36-3
2012 Team standing: Won Class 5A state title

2012 Batting average: .368
2012 Home runs: 28
2012 RBI: 80
2012 Runs: 55

Academics: Baverage
Collegiate destination: Oklahoma

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-State; 2009-2011 First Team All-Conference; 2012 Louisville Slugger All-American

Ty Hensley
Senior RHP/third baseman, Edmond Santa Fe (Edmond)

2012 Team record: 30-9
2012 Team standing: Lost in Class 6A semifinals

2012 W-L record: 10-0
2012 ERA: 1.52
2012 Strikeouts: 111
2012 Innings: 55.33

2012 Batting average:
.447
2012 RBI: 41
2012 OPS: 1.489

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Mississippi

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 Under Armour All-American; 2011 Team USA member; ; No. 26 Ranked Prospect in the Class of 2012 by ESPNHS;

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign.

Jacob Evans: Senior LHP/first baseman, Broken Arrow (OK)
Gavin LaValley: Sophomore outfielder, Carl Albert (Midwest City)
Trey Michalczewski: Junior shortstop, Jenks (OK)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.

Eye on POY: New Mexico Baseball

May, 27, 2012
5/27/12
6:03
AM ET
The window on the Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Shilo McCall
Senior outfielder/RHP, Piedra Vista (Farmington)

2012 Team record: 35-4
2012 Team standing: Won Class 4A state title

2012 Batting average: .561
2012 RBI: 52
2012 Runs: 46

2012 W-L record: 7-2
2012 ERA: 2.90
2012 Strikeouts: 53
2012 Innings: 54

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: Arkansas

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 First Team All-District; Connie Mack World Series participant

Andre Vigil
Junior second baseman, Volcano Vista (Albuquerque)

2012 Team record: 22-11
2012 Team standing: Lost in Class 5A semifinals

2012 Batting average: .535
2012 RBI: 40
2012 Runs: 35

2012 W-L record: 8-2
2012 ERA: 3.32
2012 Strikeouts: 61

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: New Mexico (verbally committed)

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 District 1 Class 5A Player of the Year

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign.

Reese Lucero: Senior catcher, La Cueva (Albuquerque)
Hunter Blaylock: Senior catcher, Belen (N.M.)
Cody Bower: Junior outfielder, St. Pius (Albuquerque)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.

Eye on POY: Kansas Baseball

May, 26, 2012
5/26/12
3:41
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The window on the Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Justin Burba
Senior outfielder, Haysville Campus (Wichita)

2012 Team record: 18-4
2012 Team standing: Lost in first round of Class 6A state tournament

2012 Batting average: .500
2012 RBI: 23
2012 Runs: 28

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Oklahoma

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 Second Team All-League; 2011 Area Code Games Participant

Collin Wiles
Senior RHP/shortstop, Blue Valley West (Overland Park)

2012 Team record: 20-1
2012 Team standing: Will play in Class 6A semifinals on May 26

2012 W-L record: 8-0
2012 ERA: 0.10
2012 Strikeouts: 76
2012 Innings: 49.33

2012 Batting average: .375
2012 RBI: 10

Academics:
B average
Collegiate destination: Vanderbilt

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 First Team All-League

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign.

Garrett Cleavenger: Senior LHP, Lawrence (KS)
Nolan Barrientos: Senior third baseman, Bishop Carroll (Wichita)
Ryan McBroom: Senior second baseman, Maize (Wichita)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.

Eye on POY: Ohio Baseball

May, 26, 2012
5/26/12
2:51
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The window on the Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Jacob Bosiokovic
Senior shortstop, Hayes (Delaware)

2012 Team record: 13-13
2012 Team standing: Lost in Division I district tournament

2012 Batting average: .569
2012 RBI: 27
2012 Runs: 24
2012 Stolen bases: 13

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Ohio State

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2009-2012 First Team All-District; 2012 First Team All-League

Adam Schaly
Senior LHP/outfielder/first baseman, Ashland (OH)

2012 Team record: 23-5
2012 Team standing: Lost in Division I regional championship

2012 W-L record: 11-0
2012 ERA: 0.20
2012 Strikeouts: 125
2012 Innings: 65

2012 Batting average: .403
2012 RBI: 18
2012 Runs: 24

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Stetson

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2012 Ohio Baseball Coaches Association Mizuno All-Star selection; 2011 District Player of the Year; 2011 Conference Player of the Year; 2011 Second Team All-State

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign.

Tom Stoffell: Senior outfielder, Northmont (OH)
Cassidy Brown: Junior catcher, Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls)
Taylore Cherry: Senior RHP, Vandalia Butler (Vandalia)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.

Eye on POY: Michigan Baseball

May, 26, 2012
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The window on the Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Carmen Benedetti
Junior first baseman/LHP, Grosse Pointe South (Grosse Pointe)

2012 Team record: 13-10
2012 Team standing: Division 1 District Tournament begins May 29

2012 Batting average: .519
2012 RBI: 24
2012 Runs: 16

2012 W-L record: 2-0
2012 ERA: 2.67
2012 Strikeouts: 28
2012 Innings: 21

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Michigan

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2012 Louisville Slugger Pre-Season All-American; 2011 First Team All-State

Brett Sunde
Senior catcher, Bishop Foley (Madison Heights)

2012 Team record: 25-3
2012 Team standing: Division 3 District Tournament begins May 29

2012 Batting average: .500
2012 RBI: 32
2012 Runs: 31

Academics: X average
Collegiate destination: School Name (commitment)

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State; 2009-2011 First Team All-District; 2009-2011 First Team All-Region; 2010 and 2011 First Team All-League;

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign.

Jacob Cronenworth: Senior shortstop, St. Clair (MI)
Cam Gibson: Senior outfielder, Grosse Pointe South (Grosse Pointe)
Travis Maezes: Senior outfielder/shortstop, Pioneer (Ann Arbor)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.

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