High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Brett Sunde

Michigan Baseball POY: Brett Sunde

May, 30, 2012
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: Brett Sunde


School: Bishop Foley Catholic
(Madison Heights, Mich.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Catcher
Height: 6-foot
Weight: 195 pounds


Athletic achievement: Sunde led the Ventures (34-3) to a Catholic League title entering the Division 3 state tournament, scheduled to begin May 29. At the time of his selection, he batted .500 with 43 RBI, 40 runs scored and a .664 on-base percentage. A two-time First Team All-State honoree, Sunde also helped Bishop Foley win the 2011 Division 3 state title as a junior.

Academic excellence: Sunde has maintained a 3.27 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of the Salvation Army and as a youth baseball coach, and participated in an effort to remodel a handicapped-accessible home for an area quadriplegic resident.

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Eye on POY: Michigan Baseball

May, 26, 2012
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.

Carmen Benedetti
Junior first baseman/LHP, Grosse Pointe South (Grosse Pointe)

2012 Team record: 13-10
2012 Team standing: Division 1 District Tournament begins May 29

2012 Batting average: .519
2012 RBI: 24
2012 Runs: 16

2012 W-L record: 2-0
2012 ERA: 2.67
2012 Strikeouts: 28
2012 Innings: 21

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Michigan

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2012 Louisville Slugger Pre-Season All-American; 2011 First Team All-State

Brett Sunde
Senior catcher, Bishop Foley (Madison Heights)

2012 Team record: 25-3
2012 Team standing: Division 3 District Tournament begins May 29

2012 Batting average: .500
2012 RBI: 32
2012 Runs: 31

Academics: X average
Collegiate destination: School Name (commitment)

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State; 2009-2011 First Team All-District; 2009-2011 First Team All-Region; 2010 and 2011 First Team All-League;

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Baseball 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.

Jacob Cronenworth: Senior shortstop, St. Clair (MI)
Cam Gibson: Senior outfielder, Grosse Pointe South (Grosse Pointe)
Travis Maezes: Senior outfielder/shortstop, Pioneer (Ann Arbor)

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.