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Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Pennsylvania Baseball POY: Kenny Koplove

By Ben Rohrbach

A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in this winner based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011-12 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 47 fellow Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Kenny Koplove

THE BASICS

School: William Penn Charter School
(Philadelphia, Pa.)
Grade: Senior
Position: RHP/SS
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 160 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Koplove led the Quakers (20-5) to the Pennsylvania Independent Schools League semifinals this past season. He posted a 9-1 record with a 2.06 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 48 innings on the mound. A three-time First Team All-State selection, Koplove also batted .347 with 19 RBI and 18 runs scored.

Academic excellence: Koplove has maintained a B-plus average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of a project to build a community walkway along his school’s athletic facilities and as a youth baseball coach.

THE PRAISE

“Kenny Koplove is a true competitor,” said William Penn Charter School head coach Jon Cross. “His work ethic and his overall knowledge of the game really make him stand out. He gives us a chance to win every time he takes the field.”

THE FUTURE: Koplove has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on an athletic scholarship at Duke University this fall.