High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Alta

The window on the Gatorade State Girls Basketball 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.

Brittney Martin
Senior Guard, Syracuse High (Syracuse, UT)

2011-12 Team record: 22-0
2011-12 Team standing: Won Class 5A state title

2011-12 Points per game: 19.0
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 6.7
2011-12 Assists per game: 4.7
2011-12 Blocks per game: 1.7
2011-12 Steals per game: 4.7

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Oklahoma State

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Deseret News Miss Basketball in 2011; Ranked No. 18 senior by ESPNHS; Team lost five games in four varsity seasons; 18 points, 8 rebounds, 7 steals, 6 assists in state title game.

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Utah Girls Soccer POY: Michele Murphy

February, 9, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed this past fall's Gatorade State Girls Soccer Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For her 21 fellow Gatorade State Fall Girls Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Michele Murphy

THE BASICS

School: Alta (Sandy, Utah)
Grade: Senior
Position: Forward
Height: 5-foot-4

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Murphy led the Hawks to a 19-1 record and the Class 5A state championship this past season. She scored 37 goals and passed for 22 assists, including seven goals and four assists in four postseason games. The 2011 Deseret News’ Miss Soccer and the 2011 Salt Lake Tribune Class 5A Player of the Year, Murphy scored the lone goal in Alta’s 1-0 win over Viewmont High in the state final. She concluded her prep career with 49 goals and 39 assists.

Academic excellence: Murphy has maintained a 3.84 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally at Primary Children’s Medical Center, on behalf of a fundraising campaign to benefit diabetes research and as part of multiple community service initiatives in association with her church youth group.

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Eye on POY: Utah girls soccer

February, 6, 2012
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The fall soccer season may have concluded, but the search for Gatorade State Girls Soccer Players of the Year 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.

Emily Bruder
Junior forward, Juan Diego Catholic (South Draper, Utah)

2011 Team record: 15-3-1 (Class 3A)
2011 Team standing: Lost Class 3A state semifinals

2011 Goals: 26
2011 Assists: 18
2011 Points per game: 2.75
Career goals: 87
Career assists: 30

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: Stanford University

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Scored seven goals in three postseason games for the Soaring Eagle, including a hat trick in a 3-1 win over Dixie (St. George, Utah) in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs. Recorded four hat tricks and one four-goal game on the season. Had six straight multi-goal games midway through the regular season. With 26 goals and 18 assists, was directly responsible for 68.8 percent of the Soaring Eagle’s 64 goals. 2011 U.S. Soccer Under-17 Women’s National team member. Two-time Salt Lake Tribune Class 3A Player of the Year. Three-time Class 3A First Team All-State selection. No. 59 ranked recruit in Class of 2013 as rated by ESPNHS.

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