High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Central Catholic

Eye on POY: Oregon boys cross country

January, 10, 2012
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The cross country season may have concluded, but the search for Gatorade State Boys Cross Country Runners of the Year is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated. These state meet winners made a case in their respective classifications, but did they do enough on and off the course this past season to capture the prestigious statewide honor?

Joseph Ewers
Senior, Central Linn High (Linn, OR)

2011 Team postseason standing: 9th (Class 1A-2A-3A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—16:02

Paul Adams
Senior, Mazama High (Klamath Falls, OR)

2011 Team postseason standing: Did not qualify in Class 4A
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—15:48

2011 Foot Locker regional (Place—time): 69th—16:49

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Oregon Volleyball POY: Martenne Bettendorf

December, 14, 2011
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in this winner based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For her 49 fellow Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year winners, click here.

Gatorade POY: Martenne Bettendorf
PrepVolleyball.comMartenne Bettendorf amassed more than 1,800 kills in her prep career.
THE WINNER: Martenne Bettendorf

THE BASICS

School: Central Catholic (Portland, Ore.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Outside hitter
Height: 6-foot-1

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Bettendorf led the Rams to a 33-0 record and a third straight Class 6A state title this past season. She recorded 511 kills, 149 digs, 57 blocks and 30 service aces while posting a hitting percentage of .481. The 2011 Class 6A Player of the Year, Bettendorf was also an American Volleyball Coaches Association Under Armour First Team All-American selection. She concluded her prep volleyball career with a school-record 1,839 kills.

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

Exemplary character: Bettendorf has volunteered locally at an area homeless shelter, with the Special Olympics and donated hair to Locks of Love.

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Eye on POY: Oregon volleyball

December, 4, 2011
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The window on the Gatorade State Volleyball 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.

Martenne Bettendorf
Senior outside hitter, Central Catholic (Portland, Ore.)

2011 Team record: 33-0
2011 Team standing: Won Class 6A state title

2011 Kills: 511
2011 Blocks: 57
2011 Digs: 149
2011 Aces: 24

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Oregon (verbal)

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Under Armour First Team All-American selection; PrepVolleyball.com No. 41 Senior Aces.

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POY Potential: Oregon All-State volleyball

October, 28, 2011
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The Gatorade Player of the Year Program honors athletes who meet comprehensive and exacting criteria in high school sports. Candidates are judged on athletic production and impact in the current season. Contenders also must demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Senior status has no bearing on a candidate’s merit and selections are made independent of ESPNHS recruit rankings.

That being said, the state’s returning First Team All-State selections from The Oregonian are sure to enter the 2011-12 Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year conversation at some point. Here they are …
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POY Potential: Top Neb. volleyball recruits

October, 26, 2011
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The Gatorade Player of the Year Program honors athletes who meet comprehensive and exacting criteria in high school sports. Candidates are judged on athletic production and impact in the current season. Contenders also must demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Senior status has no bearing on a candidate’s merit and selections are made independent of PrepVolleyball.com's Senior Aces rankings.

That being said, the state’s top senior recruits as ranked by PrepVolleyball.com are sure to enter the 2011-12 Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year conversation at some point. Here they are …

POY Potential: Lauren Sieckmann
USA VolleyballLauren Sieckmann is Nebraska's No. 1 senior recruit.
1. Elkhorn South (Elkhorn, Neb.) setter and 2009-10 Gatorade Nebraska Volleyball Player of the Year Luaren Sieckmann
  • PrepVolleyball Senior Aces rank: No. 51
  • Height: 5-foot-10
  • Club: Nebraska Juniors
  • College: University of Nebraska (verbal)
  • John Tawa, publisher of PrepVolleyball.com: "One of Nebraska’s best prep players since her freshman year, Sieckmann was named Nebraska High School Gatorade Player of the Year in 2009 after leading Marian High School to the Class A state title as a sophomore. A point-scoring attacker and setter as a prep player, look for Sieckmann to be a setter only at the collegiate level. She is a dynamic assist maker with quick feet, great touch and superb location. A winner at the high school and club levels and internationally as a member of the USA Youth National Team, Sieckmann has committed to the Nebraska Cornhuskers. She transferred from Marian to Elkhorn South this year in preparation for an early move into John Cook’s Husker program next spring."

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POY Potential: Top 5 Ore. football recruits

October, 4, 2011
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The Gatorade Player of the Year Program honors athletes who meet comprehensive and exacting criteria in high school sports. Candidates are judged on athletic production and impact in the current season. Contenders also must demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Senior status has no bearing on a candidate’s merit and selections are made independent of ESPNU's recruit rankings.

That being said, the state’s top five football recruits as ranked by ESPNU are sure to enter the 2011-12 Gatorade Football Player of the Year conversation at some point. Here they are …

Isaac Seumalo
file photo/ESPNHSIsaac Seumalo is Oregon's No. 1 senior recruit
1. Corvallis High (Corvallis, OR) offensive guard Isaac Seumalo
  • ESPNU 150 rank: No. 64
  • Height: 6-foot-3
  • Weight: 280 pounds
  • College: Oregon State (verbal)
  • Traits: Run blocking, pass blocking, space blocking, toughness
  • ESPNU scouting report: "Seumalo is a coaches son and mixes a high effort and physical style of play with a good feel for the game. He plays on both sides of the ball in high school and could receive interest as a defensive tackle, but we feel his best fit and likely best upside is on offense. He plays tackle in high school, but at the next level will slide inside to guard. He has solid size. He will need to work to try and add some more good bulk to his frame, but does come across as a kid with a thick and sturdy build. He is a physical and tenacious run blocker."

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