Friday, June 1, 2012
Eye on POY: Indiana softball 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.
Brooke Boetjer Senior Pitcher, South Putnam High (Greencastle, IN)
2012 Team record: 28-0
2012 Team standing: Top-ranked team in Class 2A
Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Butler
How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Miss Softball finalist; First Team All-State; Holds state-record .629 career batting average.
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.
Nichole Steinbach: Senior Pitcher, Andrean High (Merrillville, IN)
Kendra Lynch: Junior Pitcher, Roncalli High (Indianapolis, IN)
Brittany Gray: Sophomore Pitcher, Greenwood Community High (Greenwood, IN)
Hannah Robbins: Junior Pitcher, Woodlan High (Woodburn, IN)
Kelsey Dotson: Senior Catcher, Warsaw Community High (Warsaw, IN)
Haley Chambers: Senior Pitcher, Cascade High (Clayton, IN)
Shelby Hursh: Junior Pitcher, Tipton High (Tipton, IN)
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.