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Thursday, May 3, 2012
Return of the POY: Oregon's Carson Kelly

By Ben Rohrbach

The Gatorade State Baseball Players of the Year selection process is in full swing, and what better way to kick off coverage than with profiles of returning underclassmen winners? Repeating is no guarantee, but here's a snapshot of what this year’s challengers can shoot for.

Name: Carson Kelly
School: Westview (Portland, Ore.)

Grade: Senior
Position: SS/RHP

Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 200 pounds

2011 BA: .452
2011 HR: 13
2011 RBI: 48
2011 R: 39

2011 W-L-S: 9-1-0
2011 IP: 61
2011 ERA: 1.72
2011 K-BB: 67-8

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Oregon Baseball Player of the Year. No. 17 ranked prospect in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNHS. Led the Wildcats (27-5) to the 2011 Class 6A state championship. 2011 Under Armour All-American Game selection. 2011 USA Baseball 16U National Team member. 2011 Class 6A First Team All-State selection. 2010 Class 6A Second Team All-State selection.

Academics: A average
College: University of Oregon

Extracurricular activities: He has donated his time as a youth baseball instructor on behalf of USA Baseball and the Sun Creek Little League.

Steve Antich, head coach at Westview: “Carson is not only an amazing baseball player, he is an even better person and student. He will have a very successful career outside of baseball. Even with all of his accomplishments, he is very coachable, a great leader, very humble and -- we believe -- he as all the qualities that a Gatorade Player of the Year needs to possess.”

Each Gatorade State Player of the Year is challenged by thousands of fellow high school athletes. These are a few of the returning boys soccer underclassmen that also contended in 2010-11.

Tyler Campbell: Senior shortstop, Lake Oswego (Ore.)
Cooper Mickelson: Senior infielder/right-handed pitcher, Clackamas (Ore.)
Andrew Moore: Senior right-handed pitcher, North Eugene (Eugene, Ore.)

A dedicated ESPNHS POY team manages the Gatorade Player of the Year selection process and oversees all research, reporting, comparative analysis and criteria-compliance on the program’s behalf. Candidates are judged on athletic production and impact in the current season. Contenders must demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Senior status has no bearing on a candidate’s merit and selections are made independent of ESPNHS recruit rankings.

To nominate a student-athlete for Player of the Year honors, contact the POY team at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.