Eye on POY: Nebraska softball

May, 28, 2012
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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.

Alicia Armstrong
Senior Shortstop, Beatrice High (Beatrice, NE)

2012 Team record: 25-7
2012 Team standing: Lost in Class B state final

2012 Batting average: .690
2012 RBI: 27
2012 Runs: 46

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Nebraska

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Captain of Super-State team; First Team All-Nebraska; Set state records for batting average in a season and career.

Taylor Erlenbusch
Senior Pitcher, Millard South High (Omaha, NE)

2012 Team record: 29-3
2012 Team standing: Won Class A state title

2012 Batting average: .410
2012 RBI: 22
2012 Runs: 20

2012 W-L record: 23-3
2012 ERA: 0.87
2012 Strikeouts: 185

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Hastings College

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Captain of All-Nebraska Team; First Team Super-State; Pitched perfect game in playoff opener.

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.

Kaylan Jablonski: Sophomore Pitcher, Skutt Catholic High (Omaha, NE)
Liz Dike: Senior Shortstop, Lincoln Southwest High (Lincoln, NE)
Sydney Hames: Senior Pitcher, Bennington High (Bennington, NE)
Jen Daro: Senior Third Baseman, Skutt Catholic High (Omaha, NE)
Blake Ringle: Senior Catcher, Millard South High (Omaha, NE)

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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