High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Alvirne

New Hampshire Softball POY: Taylor Carbone

June, 6, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Softball 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 her 48 fellow Gatorade State Softball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Taylor Carbone

THE BASICS

School: Alvirne (Hudson, N.H.)
Grade: Senior
Position: RHP/1B
Height: 5-foot-10

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Carbone led the Broncos (16-4) to the Division I semifinals, scheduled for June 5. She posted a 13-2 record in the circle along with a 1.02 ERA and 131 strikeouts in 96 innings pitched through 20 games. Also the 2010-11 Gatorade New Hampshire Softball Player of the Year, Carbone owned a .581 batting average with three home runs, 28 RBI and a .951 slugging percentage entering the state final four.

Academic excellence: Carbone has maintained a 3.35 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of the US Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation and has donated her time collecting baseball equipment for needy youth players in Nicaragua.

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Eye on POY: New Hampshire Softball

June, 4, 2012
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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.

Taylor Carbone
Senior RHP/first baseman, Alvirne (Hudson)

2012 Team record: 16-4
2012 Team standing: Will play in Division I semifinals on June 5

2012 W-L record: 13-2
2012 ERA:1.02
2012 Strikeouts: 131
2012 Innings pitched: 96

2012 Batting average: .581
2012 RBI: 28
2012 Runs: 24

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: UMass Amherst

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2010-2011 Gatorade New Hampshire Softball Player of the Year; 2009-2012 Team MVP; 2009 and 2011 Nashua Telegraph Player of the Year; 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State;

Nicole Gubellini
Senior RHP/first baseman, Salem (NH)

2012 Team record: 19-0
2012 Team standing: Will play in Division I semifinals on June 5
2012 W-L record: 13-0
2012 ERA: 0.61
2012 Strikeouts: 133
2012 Innings: 98

2012 Batting average: .493
2012 RBI: 24
2012 OBP: .545

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Quinnipiac

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 Lawrence Eagle Tribune All-Area Team;

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.

Jacklyn Dubois: Senior catcher, Bishop Guertin (Nashua)
Lindsey Bolduc: Senior outfielder, Londonderry (NH)
Britney Bernard: Senior RHP, Pinkerton Academy (Derry)

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.

Return of the POY: New Hampshire's Taylor Carbone

May, 4, 2012
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The Gatorade State Softball Players of the Year selection process is in full swing, and what better way to kick off coverage than with profiles of returning underclassmen winners? Repeating is no guarantee, but here's a snapshot of what this year’s challengers can shoot for.

Name: Taylor Carbone
School: Alvirne (Hudson, N.H.)

Grade: Senior
Position: RHP/1B

2011 W-L: 18-3
2011 IP: 139
2011 ERA: 132
2011 K: 205-27

2011 BA: .522
2011 HR: 3
2011 RBI: 26

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade New Hampshire Softball Player of the Year. Led the Broncos (20-3) to the 2011 Division I state championship. Owned a .794 slugging percentage as a junior. Three-time First Team All-State selection. Three-time Nashua Telegraph Player of the Year. Three-time Nashua Telegraph and Lowell Sun First Team All-Star.

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