High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Bryce Feist

Idaho Baseball POY: Bryce Feist

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: Bryce Feist


School: Rocky Mountain (Meridian, Idaho)
Grade: Senior
Position: 3B/RHP
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 190 pounds


Athletic achievement: Feist led the Grizzlies (27-1) to the Class 5A state championship this past season. He batted .471 with three home runs, 44 RBI and a 1.340 OPS. The 2012 Southern Idaho Conference Player of the Year, Feist also posted a 6-0 record on the mound along with a 1.87 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 33 innings pitched.

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

Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church community, he has volunteered locally on behalf of various charity fundraising initiatives in addition to donating his time as a youth baseball coach and camp counselor.

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Eye on POY: Idaho Baseball

May, 25, 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.

Bryce Feist
Senior third baseman/RHP, Rocky Mountain (Meridian)

2012 Team record: 27-1
2012 Team standing: Won Class 5A state title

2012 Batting average: .471
2012 RBI: 3
2012 Runs: 44

2012 W-L record: 6-0
2012 ERA: 1.87
2012 Strikeouts: 31
2012 Innings: 33

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Dixie State

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2012 First Team All-Conference; 2012 Conference Player of the Year; 2011 First Team All-League;

Levi Pereira
Junior catcher, Coeur D'Alene (ID)

2012 Team record: 24-3
2012 Team standing: Lost in Class 5A quarterfinals

2012 Batting average: .542
2012 RBI: 40
2012 Runs: 38

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

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-League; 2012 Team Captain

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.

Joey Martarano: Junior third baseman/RHP, Fruitland (ID)
Sean Anderson: Senior catcher, Boise (ID)
Mitch Bevacqua: Junior shortstop, Lake City (ID)

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.