High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Chelsea Wilkinson

The window on the Gatorade State Softball 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.

Lexi Davis
Senior Pitcher, Porter Ridge High (Indian Trail, NC)

2012 Team record: 31-1
2012 Team standing: No. 3 in ESPNHS Fab 50

2012 Batting average: .457
2012 RBI: 42
2012 Home Runs: 8

2012 W-L record: 31-1
2012 ERA: 0.25
2012 Strikeouts: 262

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Auburn

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: All-State; Three-time Conference Player of the Year; District Pitcher of the Year; Pitched 1-0, 2-hitter against Alexander in state playoffs.

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Return of the POY: North Carolina's Chelsea Wilkinson

May, 4, 2012
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The Gatorade State Softball 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: Chelsea Wilkinson
School: Alexander Central (Taylorsville, N.C.)

Grade: Senior
Position: RHP

2011 W-L: 31-2
2011 IP: 212
2011 ERA: 0.66
2011 K: 370

2011 BA: .358
2011 HR: 7
2011 RBI: 34

Notes: 2009-10 and 2010-11 Gatorade North Carolina Softball Player of the Year. Led the Cougars (31-2) to the 2011 Class 4A state championship. Three-time Charlotte Observer Player of the Year. 2011 First Team All-American as named by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. 2009 and 2010 NFCA Second Team All-American. 2009 Class 4A state champion. Two-time state championship game Most Valuable Player.

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