Saturday, May 26, 2012
Eye on POY: Ohio 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.
Jacob Bosiokovic Senior shortstop, Hayes (Delaware)
2012 Team record: 13-13
2012 Team standing: Lost in Division I district tournament
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.