High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Butler

The Gatorade State Baseball Players of the Year 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: Taylore Cherry
School: Butler (Vandalia, Ohio)

Grade: Senior
Position: RHP

Height: 6-foot-10
Weight: 290 pounds

2011 W-L-S: 5-1-2
2011 IP: 47.2
2011 ERA: 0.63
2011 K-BB: 82-19

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Ohio Baseball Player of the Year. No. 43 ranked prospect in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNHS. Led the Aviators (27-3) to the 2011 Division I state quarterfinals. 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State selection. 2011 Aflac All-American.

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Eye on POY: North Carolina football

November, 17, 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.

Eye on POY: Riley Ferguson
file photo/ESPNHSRiley Ferguson is a finalist for Gatorade North Carolina Football Player of the Year.
Riley Ferguson
Junior quarterback, Butler (Matthews, N.C.)

2011 Team record: 11-1
2011 Team standing: Class 4A sectional round vs. Page on Friday

2011 COMP-ATT (%)-YDs: 168-246 (68.3)-3,002
2011 TDs-INTs: 45-6

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: HS Junior

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Leads an offense that averages 47.6 points per game. Averages 12.2 yards per attempt. Owns a 226.29 NCAA Pass Efficiency Rating. Class of 2013 ESPNU 150 Watch List selection. 2011 First Team All-State preseason selection as named by ESPNHS. 2009 and 2010 Class 4AA state champion.

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