High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Brophy College Prep

Arizona Boys Track AOY: Devon Allen

June, 21, 2012
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: Devon Allen


School: Brophy College Prep (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Grade: Junior
Event(s): Hurdles
Height: 6-foot
Weight: 180 pounds


Athletic achievement: Allen won the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.58 seconds and the 300-meter hurdles in 36.94 at the Division I state meet, leading the Broncos to second place as a team. Also the Athlete of the Year as named by The Arizona Republic and East Valley Tribune, he captured second place in both the 100-meter dash (10.49) and 200 (20.75). Allen’s state-record 110 hurdles time of 13.52 seconds and state-record 300 hurdles time of 36.39 at the Arcadia Invitational, as well as his 200 time at the state meet, all ranked as the nation’s No. 4 performance among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of his selection.

Academic excellence: An accomplished pianist and saxophonist, Allen has maintained a 3.24 GPA in the classroom and serves on his school’s Black Student Union and Red and White Club.

Exemplary character: In addition to donating his time as a youth football and soccer coach, he has volunteered locally on behalf of New Horizon Youth Homes, Far West Pop Warner Football, St. Gregory Parish, St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, the Valley of the Sun YMCA and American Youth Football.

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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.

David Graybill
Senior first baseman/outfielder/right-handed pitcher, Brophy College Prep (Phoenix, Ariz.)

2012 Team record: 23-10 (Division I)
2012 Team standing: Lost Division I state final to Chaparral (Scottsdale, Ariz.), 5-3

2012 Batting average: .443
2012 RBI: 28
2012 Runs: 37

2012 W-L record: 4-1
2012 ERA: 2.95
2012 Strikeouts: 33

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Arizona State University

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Finished 8-for-20 with one home run and seven RBI in six Division I state tournament games. Owned a .925 slugging percentage and .538 on-base percentage. No. 247 ranked prospect in Class of 2012 as rated by Perfect Game USA. 2011 Area Code Games participant. 2011 Power Showcase Home Run Derby participant. 2011 Junior Sunbelt Classic All-Tournament selection. 2011 First Team All-Fiesta Region selection.

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Return of the POY: Arizona's Riggs Lennon

January, 25, 2012
The Gatorade State Boys Soccer Players of the Year winter 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.

Name: Riggs Lennon
School: Brophy College Prep (Phoenix, Ariz.)

Position: Striker
Grade: Junior

Height: 6-foot
Weight: 175 pounds

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Arizona Boys Soccer Player of the Year. 2011 Player of the Year as named by the Arizona Republic and East Valley Tribune. 2011 Class 5A Player of the Year as named by the coaches association. No. 15 recruit in Class of 2013 as rated by TopDrawerSoccer.com. Led the Broncos (23-1-2) to the 2011 Class 5A, Division I state championship. Averaged 1.5 points per game as a sophomore. 2010 U.S. Soccer Under-17 Men's National Team resident.

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