High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Arkansas

Arkansas Boys Track AOY: Chase Lamers

June, 21, 2012
6/21/12
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2012 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 50 fellow Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athletes of the Year winners, click here.


THE WINNER: Chase Lamers

THE BASICS

School: Rogers (Ark.)
Grade: Junior
Event(s): Sprinter
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 175 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Lamers won the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.08 seconds and the 200-meter dash in 22.27 this spring, leading the Mountaineers to a fourth-place finish as a team at the Class 7A state meet. The 2012 Northwest Arkansas Media Big 6 Boys Track Runner of the Year, Lamers also won the 100 (11.04) and the 200 (22.24) at the Class 7A West Conference Meet.

Academic excellence: Lamers has maintained a 3.43 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of the National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI), the Arkansas Crisis Center and the Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

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Arkansas Girls Track AOY: Payton Stumbaugh

June, 20, 2012
6/20/12
5:47
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2012 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For her 50 fellow Gatorade State Girls Track & Field Athletes of the Year winners, click here.


THE WINNER: Payton Stumbaugh

THE BASICS

School: Har-Ber (Springdale, Minn.)
Grade: Sophomore
Event(s): Sprints/hurdles/jumps/pole vault
Height: 5-foot-10

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Stumbaugh won five individual state championships this spring, leading the Wildcats to a third-place finish as a team at the Class 7A state meet. She won the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.35 seconds, the 100-meter hurdles in 14.98, the 300-meter hurdles in 44.74, the high jump with a leap of five feet, three inches and the pole vault, soaring 10 feet, six inches. The 2012 Northwest Arkansas Times All-Big 6 Girls Track Newcomer of the Year, Stumbaugh also won the girls’ state heptathlon with 4,260 points, earning individual titles in the 100 with a time of 15.15, the 200 in 25.23 and the 800-meter run in 2:49.15.

Academic excellence: Stumbaugh has maintained a 3.70 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A devoted member of her church community, she has volunteered locally on behalf of St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, the Future Fisherman Foundation’s Hooked on Fishing Not Drugs program and as part of a literacy-outreach initiative.

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Arkansas Softball POY: Peyton Jenkins

June, 6, 2012
6/06/12
5:45
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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: Peyton Jenkins

THE BASICS

School: Bryant (Ark.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Pitcher
Height: 5-foot-6

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Jenkins led the Hornets (34-0) to a third straight Class 7A state championship this past season. She posted a 32-0 record with a 0.48 ERA and 260 strikeouts in 173.2 innings pitched. Jenkins allowed 72 hits and issued 33 walks. At the plate, the three-time First Team All-State selection batted .477 with six home runs, 22 doubles, 41 RBI and a slugging percentage of .881.

Academic excellence: Jenkins has maintained a 3.36 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally as a youth softball coach, as an aide in the Bryant High front office and with the Miracle League of Arkansas, a baseball league for physically and intellectually challenged children.

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Arkansas Baseball POY: Trey Killian

May, 30, 2012
5/30/12
5:44
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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: Trey Killian

THE BASICS

School: Mountain Home (Ark.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Right-handed pitcher
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 190 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Killian posted an 8-1 record on the mound along with a 0.88 ERA and 138 strikeouts in 64 innings this past season, leading the Bombers (17-15) to the Class 6A state quarterfinals. A 2011 First Team All-State selection and 2011 Under Armour All-American, he also batted .303 with 23 runs scored and nine stolen bases in nine attempts.

Academic excellence: Killian has maintained a 3.14 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church community, he has volunteered locally on behalf of fundraising initiatives to benefit cancer research and assisted in relief efforts for area flood victims.

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Arkansas Girls Soccer POY: Tayler Estrada

May, 23, 2012
5/23/12
5:24
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed this spring's Gatorade Girls Soccer Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2012 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For her 27 fellow Gatorade State Spring Girls Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.
For the 22 Gatorade State Fall Girls Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Tayler Estrada

THE BASICS

School: Bentonville (Ark.)
Grade: Junior
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5-foot-6

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Estrada led the Tigers to a 15-4-2 record and the Class 7A state championship this past season. The returning Gatorade Arkansas Girls Soccer Player of the Year, she scored 17 goals and passed for six assists in 2012. A two-time 7A West Conference Player of the Year, Estrada was a 2011 All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. She concluded her junior year with 42 goals and 26 assists in her prep career.

Academic excellence: Estrada has maintained a 3.55 weighted GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally at an area homeless shelter, an animal shelter and with the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter’s participation in the Toys for Tots program.

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Eye on POY: Arkansas girls soccer

May, 17, 2012
5/17/12
9:29
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The window on the Gatorade State Girls Soccer 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.

Alex Carter
Junior midfielder, Conway (Ark.)

2012 Team record: 20-1-1
2012 Team standing: Class 7A state championship vs. Bentonville on Friday

2012 Goals: 16
2012 Assists: 5
Career goals: 16
Career assists: 5

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: University of Kentucky (verbal)

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Averaging 1.0 points per game this season. First Arkansas player ever named to U.S. Soccer National Team (Under-14 Girls Team in 2009). Region II Olympic Development Program member.

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Eye on POY: Arkansas Baseball

May, 15, 2012
5/15/12
8:33
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The window on the Gatorade State Baseball 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.

Trey Killian
Senior RHP, Mountain Home (AR)

2012 Team record:17-15
2012 Team standing: Lost in Class 6A quarterfinals

2012 W-L record: 8-1
2012 ERA: 0.88
2012 Strikeouts: 138
2012 Innings Pitched: 64

2012 Batting average: .303
2012 RBI: 21
2012 Runs: 23

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Arkansas

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-State; 2010 and 2011 First Team All-Conference

Tanner Ring

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Arkansas Boys Soccer POY: Nelson Landaverde

May, 15, 2012
5/15/12
5:16
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed this spring's Gatorade Boys 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 his 19 fellow Gatorade State Spring Boys Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.
For the 30 Gatorade State Fall Boys Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Nelson Landaverde

THE BASICS

School: Springdale (Ark.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5-foot-8
Weight: 150 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Landaverde has led the Bulldogs to an 18-1 record and a berth in the Class 7A state final against Catholic (Little Rock, Ark.), scheduled for Friday. He scored six goals and passed for 13 assists through 19 games. The 7A West Conference Most Valuable Player, Landaverde is a two-time Class 7A First Team All-State selection and a four-year starter.

Academic excellence: Landaverde has maintained a B average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally as part of a fundraising campaign to benefit ALS research and has served as a youth soccer coach and mentor.

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Eye on POY: Arkansas boys soccer

May, 8, 2012
5/08/12
5:37
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The window on the Gatorade State Boys Soccer 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.

Nelson Landaverde
Senior midfielder, Springdale (Ark.)

2012 Team record: 17-1
2012 Team standing: Class 7A state tournament begins on Thursday

2012 Goals: 6
2012 Assists: 13
Career goals: 23
Career assists: 25

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Two-time Class 7A First Team All-State selection. 2011 Class 7A All-State Tournament Team selection. Four-year starter.

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Return of the POY: Arkansas' Tayler Estrada

May, 2, 2012
5/02/12
4:32
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The Gatorade State Girls Soccer Players of the Year spring 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: Tayler Estrada
School: Bentonville (Ark.)

Grade: Junior
Position: Midfielder

2011 Goals: 8
2011 Assists: 10

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Arkansas Girls Soccer Player of the Year. Led the Tigers (17-2-3) to the 2011 Class 7A state championship match. Region III 1995 Olympic Development Program Team member. 2010 and 2011 Class 7A First Team All-State selection. 2010 Class A All-Tournament Team selection. 2010 7A West Conference Newcomer of the Year.

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Arkansas Boys Hoop POY: Archie Goodwin

March, 22, 2012
3/22/12
5:47
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Boys Basketball 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 his 50 fellow Gatorade State Boys Basketball Player of the Year winners, click here.

Return of the POY, Archie Goodwin, Arkansas, Sylvan Hills
Steven Johnson/ESPNHSArchie Goodwin is the returning Gatorade Arkansas Boys Basketball Player of the Year.
THE WINNER: Archie Goodwin

THE BASICS

School: Sylvan Hills (Sherwood, Ark.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Guard
Height: 6-foot-5

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Goodwin led the Bears to a 27-5 record and the Class 5A state championship this past season. The state’s returning Gatorade Boys Basketball Player of the Year, he averaged 25.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 2.2 assists per game. A three-time All-State honoree, Goodwin was selected to play in the Jordan Brand Classic and the McDonald’s All-American games. He is rated as the nation’s No. 15 recruit in the Class of 2012 by ESPNU.

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The window on the Gatorade State Boys 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.

Archie Goodwin
Senior Guard, Sylvan Hills High (Sherwood, AR)

2011-12 Team record: 27-5
2011-12 Team standing: Won Class 5A state title

2011-12 Points per game: 25.0
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 6.1
2011-12 Assists per game: 2.2
2011-12 Blocks per game: 1.1
2011-12 Steals per game: 2.3

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Kentucky

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: McDonald's All-American; Ranked No. 15 senior by ESPNU; Scored 27 points in state title game.

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Arkansas Girls Hoop POY: Tyler Scaife

March, 8, 2012
3/08/12
5:04
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Girls Basketball 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 50 fellow Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year winners, click here.

Gatorade POY, Hall, Arkansas, Tyler Scaife, girls
HoopGurlz/ESPNHSTyler Scaife is the No. 10 ranked recruit in the Class of 2013 as rated by ESPNHS.
THE WINNER: Tyler Scaife

THE BASICS

School: Hall (Little Rock, Ark.)
Grade: Junior
Position: Guard
Height: 5-foot-9

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Scaife led the Warriors to a 23-6 record and the Class 7A state semifinals this past season. She averaged 25.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 3.7 steals per game. A three-time All-State selection, Scaife is rated as the nation’s No. 10 recruit in the Class of 2013 by the HoopGurlz ESPNU Super 60.

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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.

Tyler Scaife
Junior Guard, Hall High (Little Rock, AR)

2011-12 Team record: 23-5
2011-12 Team standing: Plays Cabot in state semifinals, 3/3

2011-12 Points per game: 25.2
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 5.9
2011-12 Assists per game: 5.2
2011-12 Blocks per game: 1.0
2011-12 Steals per game: 3.7

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: HS Junior

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Three-time All-State; Ranked No. 10 Junior by ESPNHS; Scored 41 in 54-50 win over Texas power Southlake Carroll.

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Return of the POY: Arkansas' Archie Goodwin

January, 27, 2012
1/27/12
3:10
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The 2011-12 Gatorade State Boys Basketball Players of the Year selection process is underway, 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.

Return of the POY, Archie Goodwin, Arkansas, Sylvan Hills
Steven Johnson/ESPNHSArchie Goodwin is the returning Gatorade Arkansas Boys Basketball Player of the Year.
Name: Archie Goodwin
School: Sylvan Hills (Little Rock, Ark.)

Grade: Senior
Position: Shooting guard

Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 181 pounds

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Arkansas Boys Basketball Player of the Year. 2009-10 and 2010-11 All-State and All-Conference selection. Member of the 2010 AAU national champion Arkansas Wings. No. 14 ranked recruit in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU. Led the Bears (25-4) to the 2010-11 Class 5A state championship game.
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