High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Cheverus

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.

Luke Fernandes

Senior Pitcher/Shortstop, Marshwood High (South Berwick, ME)

2012 Team record: 10-2

2012 Team standing: First in Class A West

2012 Batting average: .421

2012 RBI: 10

2012 Runs: 12

2012 W-L record: 3-1

2012 ERA: 1.57

2012 Strikeouts: 41

Academics: B average

Collegiate destination: Boston College

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: First Team All-State; Rawlings/Perfect Game First Team All-Northeast.

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POY Potential: Maine All-State football

October, 5, 2011
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 ESPNHS preseason All-State selections are sure to enter the 2011-12 Gatorade State Football Player of the Year conversation at some point. Here they are …

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