High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Caroline Coyer

Virginia Girls Hoop POY: Caroline Coyer

March, 8, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For her 50 fellow Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Caroline Coyer

THE BASICS

School: Oakton (Va.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Guard
Height: 5-foot-10

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Coyer has led the Cougars to a 29-0 record and a berth in the Group AAA state semifinals against Woodside (Newport News, Va.), played Wednesday. She averaged 14.3 points, 5.2 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 3.6 steals entering the state final four. A two-time Northern Region Player of the Year and a 2011 Group AAA First Team All-State selection, Coyer has scored 1,556 points and recorded 584 assists in her prep basketball career as one of two Group AAA players ever to reach 1,500 points and 500 assists.

Academic excellence: Coyer has maintained a 3.67 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: She has donated her time creating graphics and marketing materials for Fund It America, which raises money for wounded veteran associations. She has also volunteered locally at battered women’s shelters and as a youth basketball and soccer coach.

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Eye on POY: Virginia girls basketball

March, 4, 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.

Caroline Coyer
Senior guard, Oakton (Va.)

2011-12 Team record: 29-0
2011-12 Team standing: Play Woodside in Group AAA state semifinals March 7

2011-12 Points per game: 14.8
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 4.2
2011-12 Assists per game: 5.2
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.3
2011-12 Steals per game: 3.6

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: Villanova (NLI)

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Two-time Northern Region Player of the Year; Two-time Concorde District Player of the Year; 2011 Group AAA First Team All-State selection.

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