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Sunday, June 3, 2012
Eye on POY: Hawaii Softball

By Joel Beck

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.

Keiki Carlos
Senior RHP, Mid-Pacific Institute (Honolulu)

2012 Team record: 17-2
2012 Team standing: Won Division I state title

2012 W-L record: 17-2
2012 ERA: 1.17
2012 Strikeouts: 113
2012 Innings: 114

2012 Batting average: .592
2012 RBI: 26
2012 OBP: .667

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Hawaii

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2010-2011 Gatorade Hawaii Softball Player of the Year; 2009-2012 First Team All-State; 2009-2012 First Team All-League; 2010 and 2011 All-Tournament Team

Tasi Docktor
Senior third baseman, Mid-Pacific Institute (Honolulu)

2012 Team record: 17-2
2012 Team standing: Won Division I state title

2012 Batting average: .451
2012 RBI: 24
2012 Runs: 26

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Akron

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2011 and 2012 First Team All-League; 2011 and 2012 First Team All-State

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.

Alexis Paulo-Meyers: Senior RHP, Nanakuli (Waianae)
Ulu Matagiese: Senior RHP, Waimea (HI)
Lindsey Matoi: Senior infielder, Mid-Pacific Institute (Honolulu)

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.