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Friday, May 25, 2012
Eye on POY: Idaho Baseball

By Joel Beck

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.

Bryce Feist
Senior third baseman/RHP, Rocky Mountain (Meridian)

2012 Team record: 27-1
2012 Team standing: Won Class 5A state title

2012 Batting average: .471
2012 RBI: 3
2012 Runs: 44

2012 W-L record: 6-0
2012 ERA: 1.87
2012 Strikeouts: 31
2012 Innings: 33

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Dixie State

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

Levi Pereira
Junior catcher, Coeur D'Alene (ID)

2012 Team record: 24-3
2012 Team standing: Lost in Class 5A quarterfinals

2012 Batting average: .542
2012 RBI: 40
2012 Runs: 38

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

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

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.

Joey Martarano: Junior third baseman/RHP, Fruitland (ID)
Sean Anderson: Senior catcher, Boise (ID)
Mitch Bevacqua: Junior shortstop, Lake City (ID)

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.