High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Bismarck Century

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.

Sabra Bertsch
Senior Midfielder, Bismarck Century High (Bismarck, ND)

2012 Team record: 7-2-3
2012 Team standing: 1st in Western Dakota Conference

2012 Goals: 6
2012 Assists: 3
2012 Points per game: 0.90
Career goals: 24
Career assists: 11

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: University of Mary

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: All-State Tournament Team; Won state title in 2011; Second Team All-Conference

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Eye on POY: North Dakota Girls Basketball

March, 5, 2012
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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.

Alexis Jacobs
Senior forward, Century (Bismarck, ND)

2011-12 Team record: 19-3
2011-12 Team standing: Will begin Class A state tournament on March 8

2011-12 Points per game: 13.6
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 7.3
2011-12 Assists per game: 0.7
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.6
2011-12 Steals per game: 1.9

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Led Century to Western Dakota Association championship; 2011 First Team All-State

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Eye on POY: North Dakota volleyball

December, 9, 2011
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The window on the Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year race is closing, and time is running out for student-athletes to state their POY case. 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.

Hadley Steffen
Senior outside hitter, Red River (Grand Forks, N.D.)

2011 Team record: 36-0
2011 Team standing: Won Class A state title

2011 Kills: 438
2011 Blocks: 57
2011 Digs: 282
2011 Aces: 52

Academics:
A-minus average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

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

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Eye on POY: North Dakota football

November, 20, 2011
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The window on the Gatorade State Football Player of the Year race is closing, and time is running out for student-athletes to state their POY case. 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.

Devin Coyle
Senior Quarterback, Mandan High (Mandan, ND)

2011 Team record: 9-2
2011 Team standing: Lost in Class AAA semifinals

2011 COMP-ATT (%)-YDs: 79-155 (.510)-1,525
2011 TDs-INTs: 18-6

2011 Carries-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 70-428 (6.1)-8

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Western Dakota Association Senior Athlete of the Year; Second Team All-State in 2010; Team averaged 37.6 points per game.

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The Gatorade Player of the Year Program honors athletes who meet comprehensive and exacting criteria in high school sports. Candidates are judged on athletic production and impact in the current season. Contenders also must demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Senior status has no bearing on a candidate’s merit and selections are made independent of ESPNHS recruit rankings.

That being said, the state’s returning All-State selections are sure to enter the 2011-12 Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year conversation at some point. Here they are …
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POY Potential: N.D. football contenders

October, 7, 2011
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Contenders for this year's Gatorade North Dakota Football Player of the Year Award come in all shapes and sizes. Running backs, quarterbacks, receivers and linemen are among the leading candidates.

The state's most highly recruited prospect is 6-foot-5, 295-pound tackle/defensive tackle Dustin Adams of Minot High (Minot, ND). Adams, who was the first 2012 commit for the University of Hawaii, has been a stalwart on both sides of the ball for 4-2 Minot, despite dealing with the loss of his family's home to flooding.

Adams isn't the only big man on the watch list, however. Bismarck Century High (Bismarck, ND) senior Conrad Schwarzkopf has been a monster on both sides of the ball and was the only junior lineman to earn a spot on the Class AAA All-State First Team a year ago.

Dynamic senior quarterback Devin Coyle, who tossed 18 TD passes a year ago, has guided Mandan High (Mandan, ND) to a 6-0 start, but he's had plenty of help from senior running back/linebacker Seth Westby and big-play wide receiver Aaron Janz.

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