Thursday, June 9, 2011
Amherst's Mendoker named Mass. Gatorade Player of the Year
The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with ESPN RISE, today announced Emma Mendoker of Amherst Regional High School as its 2010-11 Gatorade Massachusetts Softball Player of the Year. Mendoker is the first Gatorade Softball Player of the Year to be chosen from Amherst Regional High School.
The 5-foot-8 senior right-handed pitcher led the Hurricanes to a 21-1 record and a berth in the Division 1 sectional finals, scheduled for June 11. At the time of her selection, Mendoker owned a 21-1 record on the mound with a 0.19 ERA and 269 strikeouts in 145 innings. The two-time returning Pitcher of the Year as named by the Springfield Republican, she hurled 15 shutouts and two no-hitters. Mendoker batted .485 along with 23 RBI, 23 runs scored, seven doubles and three home runs through 22 games, producing a .750 slugging percentage and .583 on-base percentage. She finished 23-1 on the mound as a junior with a 0.21 ERA and 312 strikeouts in 165 innings, leading the Hurricanes to the 2010 Division 1 state semifinals. She also batted .459 during her junior campaign along with 24 runs scored, 17 RBI and five home runs.
Also an accomplished artist and flutist, Mendoker has maintained a 3.73 GPA in the classroom. She has donated her time as a youth softball instructor, on behalf of the National Honor Society and to benefit displaced civilians in Sudan’s western region of Darfur.
“I’ve never met somebody who dedicated herself to the sport as much as she did,” said Robyn King, head coach of the Polar Crush Gold. “She never gives up. To get to where she is today has been a tremendous accomplishment. And she’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Her teammates just love her.”
Mendoker has signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball on scholarship at East Carolina University this fall.
Mendoker joins recent Gatorade Massachusetts Softball Players of the Year Shannon Smith (2010, Milford) and two-time winner Nicole D'Argento (2008-09, Ashland), among the state’s list of former award winners.
Below are the winners for the five other New England states:
CONNECTICUT: BRIANNA TURGEON, FITCH
The 5-foot-5 senior shortstop batted .464 along with 30 runs scored, 22 RBI and 14 stolen bases this past season, leading the Falcons (18-7) to the second round of the Class LL state tournament. Turgeon ripped nine doubles, five home runs and four triples, drawing 25 walks. The state’s returning Gatorade Softball Player of the Year, she produced a .955 slugging percentage and .615 on-base percentage. Also the 2010 Player of the Year as named by the The New London Day, Turgeon batted .500 as a junior with 17 RBI and three home runs. A three-time All-Area selection as named by The New London Day and Norwich Bulletin, she finished with a .382 batting average and 26 RBI as a sophomore, capturing Most Valuable Player honors in Fitch’s 2009 Class LL state championship victory.
Also a soccer standout, Turgeon has maintained a 4.05 weighted GPA in the classroom and ranks No. 19 in her graduating class. An invited participant in both LeadAmerica’s Congressional Student Leadership Conference and the People to People International educational exploration program, she has volunteered locally on behalf of multiple community-service initiatives in association with the National Honor Society, Key Club International, Students Against Drunk Driving and the March of Dimes Foundation.
Turgeon has signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball on scholarship at Fordham University this fall.
Two-time winner Turgeon joins recent Gatorade Connecticut Softball Player of the Year and two-time winner Rachele Fico (2008-09, Masuk), among the state’s list of former award winners.
RHODE ISLAND: ALYSSA MCCOART, LINCOLN
The 5-foot-8 senior right-handed pitcher and first baseman has led the Lions to an 18-3 record and a berth in the elimination bracket semifinals against TEAM, scheduled for June 9. Entering the June 8 Division 1 elimination-bracket semifinals against Cumberland High, the 5-foot-8 senior right-handed pitcher and first baseman owned a 12-2 record in the circle for the Lions (18-3). At the time of her selection, McCoart boasted a 1.04 ERA and 109 strikeouts in 101 innings pitched. At the plate, the two-time First Team Division 1 All-State selection was batting .500 with two home runs, seven doubles, 13 runs scored and 23 RBI.
McCoart has maintained a B average in the classroom. A member of the Executive Board of Lincoln High’s Future Business Leaders of America chapter, she has volunteered locally as a youth softball coach and as a teacher’s aide at an elementary school.
McCoart has signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball on scholarship at Central Connecticut State University this fall.
McCoart joins recent Gatorade Rhode Island Softball Players of the Year Elise Fortier (2010, Coventry), Fallon Scorpio (2009, St. Mary Academy-Bay View) and Steph Morse (2008, Warwick Veterans), among the state’s list of former award winners.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: TAYLOR CARBONE, ALVIRNE
The 5-foot-8 junior right-handed pitcher and first baseman has led the Broncos (18-3) to the Division I semifinals against Londonderry High, scheduled for June 9. At the time of her selection, Carbone owned a 16-3 record in the circle with a 0.58 ERA and 195 strikeouts in 123 innings pitched. A two-time First Team All-State selection, Carbone batted .487 with a home run, 26 runs scored and a .711 slugging percentage through 21 games.
Carbone has maintained a 3.44 GPA in the classroom. A youth softball coach and camp counselor, she has volunteered locally on behalf of her school’s peer-leadership program and at an area shelter providing meals for needy families during the holidays.
“Taylor Carbone is a complete player, not just a pitcher,” said Alvirne head coach Denise Rioux. “She plays the field well when she’s not pitching and she is one of the most feared hitters in our league. She is intensely competitive and a leader by example.”
Carbone joins recent Gatorade New Hampshire Softball Players of the Year Kelsey Martel (2010, Concord), Paige Hansen (2009, Concord) and Amanda Barton (2008, Franklin), among the state’s list of former award winners.
MAINE: ALEXIS BOGANDOVICH, SOUTH PORTLAND
The 5-foot-8 senior right-handed pitcher has led the Red Riots to a 16-0 record and a berth in the Class A state quarterfinals, scheduled for June 9. At the time of her selection, Bogdanovich owned a 10-0 record in the circle along with a 0.10 ERA, recording 111 strikeouts in 69 innings pitched. The 2011 Southern Maine Activities Association Player of the Year, Bogdanovich batted .577 with two home runs, 23 RBIs and an .827 slugging percentage through 16 games.
Bogdanovich has maintained a 92.8 average in the classroom. She has volunteered locally on behalf of the Boys and Girls Club of America, at an area shelter providing meals for the needy and as a youth softball coach and clinician.
Bogdanovich has signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball on scholarship at New Hampshire’s St. Anselm College this fall.
Bogdanovich joins recent Gatorade Maine Softball Players of the Year Sam Bedore (2010, Bangor) and two-time winner Hannah Hill (2008-09, Fryeburg Academy), among the state’s list of former award winners.
VERMONT: CHELSEA ABBOTT, BELLOWS FREE ACADEMY
The 5-foot-10 junior right-handed pitcher has led the Bobwhites (17-0) to the upcoming Div. I finals against Brattleboro. At the time of her selection, Abbott owned a 14-0 record on the mound with a 0.97 ERA and 168 strikeouts in 94 innings pitched. A two-time First Team All-Metro selection, she produced 25 RBI and a school-record six home runs through 17 games.
Abbott has maintained a 3.87 GPA in the classroom. A member of the 4-H Club, she has volunteered locally as an elementary school mentor and a youth softball instructor.
Abbott joins recent Gatorade Vermont Softball Players of the Year Alexis Perry (2010, Essex) and two-time winner Stephanie Frank (2008-09, Essex), among the state’s list of former award winners.