High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Colorado

Colorado Boys Track AOY: Raymond Bozmans

June, 21, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2012 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 50 fellow Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athletes of the Year winners, click here.


THE WINNER: Raymond Bozmans

THE BASICS

School: Fort Collins (Colo.)
Grade: Senior
Event(s): Sprints
Height: 6-foot
Weight: 155 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Bozmans won the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.51 seconds, the 200-meter dash in 21.42 and the 400-meter dash in 47.56 at the Class 4A state meet this spring, leading the Lambkins to the state championship as a team. The All-Colorado Boys Track Athlete of the Year as named by The Denver Post, he clocked a state-record 10.27 in the 100 at the Dakota Ridge Invitational and a 20.84 in the 200 at the Liberty Bell Invitational, each of which ranked among the nation’s top-10 performances among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of his selection.

Academic excellence: Also a football standout and accomplished saxophonist, Bozmans has maintained a 3.27 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church community and a member of his school’s band, he has volunteered as a youth athletic instructor on behalf of his community track club.

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Colorado Girls Track AOY: Valarie Allman

June, 20, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2012 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For her 50 fellow Gatorade State Girls Track & Field Athletes of the Year winners, click here.


THE WINNER: Valarie Allman

THE BASICS

School: Silver Creek (Longmont, Colo.)
Grade: Junior
Event(s): Throws
Height: 6-foot

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Allman captured the Class 4A state championship in the discus this spring with a state-record throw of 164 feet at the state meet, which ranked as the nation’s No. 5 distance among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of her selection. She also finished eighth in the shot put with an effort of 36 feet, 7.75 inches. Allman won the discus and placed second in the shot put at the 2011 USA Track & Field Colorado Junior Olympics Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Academic excellence: Allman has maintained a 4.00 GPA in the classroom, ranks No. 1 in her graduating class and serves as a member of her school’s student senate.

Exemplary character: In addition to donating her time to Silver Creek’s peer-leadership initiatives, she has volunteered on behalf of a senior center, the Humane Society and a food drive. Allman has also donated her time as part of multiple community-service initiatives, including Locks of Love, Hoops of Hope, Crayons to Calculators, Trick-or-Treat Street, Soles4Souls, Samaritan’s Purse International Relief and the Boulder County Police Halloween Haunted House.

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Colorado Softball POY: Rainey Gaffin

June, 6, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Softball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in this winner based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011-12 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For her 48 fellow Gatorade State Softball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Rainey Gaffin

THE BASICS

School: Legacy (Broomfield, Colo.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Right-handed pitcher
Height: 5-foot-10

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Gaffin led the Lightning (24-2) to their fifth consecutive Class 5A state championship this past season. She posted a 22-2 record with a 1.74 ERA in the circle, while batting .591 with 15 home runs and 48 RBI. Gaffin was MVP of the Class 5A state tournament, a First Team All-State selection and the Denver Post All-Colorado Player of the Year.

Academic excellence: Gaffin has maintained a 3.37 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: She has helped created a reading program for local elementary school students and has volunteered delivering food to area needy.

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Colorado Baseball POY: Ryan Warner

May, 30, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in this winner based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011-12 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 47 fellow Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Ryan Warner

THE BASICS

School: Pine Creek (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Grade: Senior
Position: OF/1B/RHP
Height: 6-foot-7
Weight: 195 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Warner batted .493 with six home runs and 31 RBI this past season, leading the Eagles (20-4) to the second round of the Class 5A state tournament. A returning Class 5A Honorable Mention All-State selection as named by The Denver Post, he produced a .971 slugging percentage and .611 on-base percentage in addition to scoring 32 runs. Warner owned a 7-1 record with a 2.18 ERA and 89 strikeouts in 51.1 innings pitched.

Academic excellence: Warner has maintained a 3.17 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: In addition to donating his time as a youth football instructor, he has participated in numerous fundraising events to benefit his school’s athletic department.

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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.

Haley Hutton
Junior Shortstop, Valley High (Gilcrest, CO)

2012 Team record: 24-1
2012 Team standing: Won Class 3A state title

2012 Batting average: .584
2012 RBI: 43
2012 Runs: 55

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Colorado State (verbal)

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Denver Post All-Colorado Team; First Team All-State; MVP of Class 3A state tournament.

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Colorado Girls Soccer POY: Janine Beckie

May, 23, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed this spring's Gatorade Girls Soccer Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2012 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For her 27 fellow Gatorade State Spring Girls Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.
For the 22 Gatorade State Fall Girls Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Janine Beckie

THE BASICS

School: Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Forward/midfielder
Height: 5-foot-8

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Beckie scored 24 goals and passed for 17 assists this past season, leading the Eagles (11-5-3) to the Class 4A state semifinals. A member of the U.S. Soccer Under-18 Women’s National Team and a 2011 Class 4A First Team All-State selection, she concluded her prep soccer career with 63 goals and 35 assists.

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

Exemplary character: A member of the Valor Student Athletic Leadership Council, she has volunteered locally as a youth soccer coach and on behalf of World Vision, a charity which sponsors children in Africa.

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Eye on POY: Colorado girls soccer

May, 17, 2012
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The window on the Gatorade State Girls Soccer 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.

Janine Beckie
Senior forward/midfielder, Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)

2012 Team record: 11-4-3
2012 Team standing: Class 4A state semifinals vs. Air Academy on Saturday

2012 Goals: 23
2012 Assists: 17
Career goals: 62
Career assists: 35

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Texas Tech

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Averaging 2.5 points per game through 17 games this season. U.S. Soccer Under-18 Women’s National Team member. Amassed four goals and three assists in her first two playoff games. No. 123 ranked recruit in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNHS.

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Eye on POY: Colorado baseball

May, 13, 2012
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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.

Ryan Burr
Senior RHP, Highlands Ranch (Colo.)

2012 Team record: 15-6 (Class 5A)
2012 Team standing: Class 5A first round vs. Grandview on Friday

2012 W-L record: 4-2
2012 ERA: 3.05
2012 Strikeouts: 65

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Arizona State University

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: No. 72 ranked prospect in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNHS. 2012 Louisville Slugger First Team All-American as named by Collegiate Baseball. 2011 Class 5A First Team All-State selection as named by The Denver Post. 2010 USA Baseball 16U National Team member.

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Colorado Boys Hoop POY: Josh Scott

March, 22, 2012
3/22/12
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Boys 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 his 50 fellow Gatorade State Boys Basketball Player of the Year winners, click here.

Gatorade POY, Josh Scott, Colorado, Boys, Lewis-Palmer
Eric Bellamy/ESPNHSJosh Scott led Lewis-Palmer (Monument, Colo.) to the Class 4A state title this past season.
THE WINNER: Josh Scott

THE BASICS

School: Lewis-Palmer (Monument, Colo.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Center
Height: 6-foot-10
Weight: 220 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Scott led the Rangers to a 27-1 record and the Class 4A state championship this past season. He amassed 23 points and five rebounds in a 44-43, title-clinching victory against Sierra (Colorado Springs, Colo.), capturing tournament Most Valuable Player honors. A returning Class 4A First Team All-State selection as named by The Denver Post, Scott averaged 28.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, 1.4 steals and 1.2 assists per game. He shot 72.3 percent from the field and 75.8 percent from the free throw line.

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Eye on POY: Colorado boys basketball

March, 14, 2012
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The window on the Gatorade State Boys 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.

Josh Adams
Senior guard, Chaparral (Parker, Colo.)

2011-12 Team record: 25-3 (Class 5A)
2011-12 Team standing: Class 5A state champions

2011-12 Points per game: 18.0
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 3.7
2011-12 Assists per game: 1.9
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.6
2011-12 Steals per game: 1.5

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: University of Wyoming

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Made a miraculous tip-in at the buzzer to defeat Arapahoe 69-67 in the Class 5A state championship game. Totaled 19 points, seven rebounds and two steals in the title game. Shot 47 percent from the field, 32 percent from 3-point range and 76 percent from the free throw line. Named 2012 Class 5A state tournament Most Valuable Player. 2011 Class 5A Honorable Mention All-State selection as named by The Denver Post.

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Colorado Girls Hoop POY: Michaela Neuhaus

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: Michaela Neuhaus

THE BASICS

School: Highlands Ranch (Colo.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Point guard
Height: 5-foot-7

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Neuhaus has led the Falcons to a 22-4 record entering Wednesday's Class 5A semifinals. She averaged 23 points, 4.5 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game while shooting at 85 percent from the free throw line through 26 games. A 2011 First Team All-State selection, Neuhaus helped Highlands Ranch to the Class 5A state title as a junior.

Academic excellence: Neuhaus has maintained a 3.62 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, she has volunteered locally on behalf of an annual holiday toy drive and multiple fundraising campaigns to benefit cancer research.

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Eye on POY: Colorado Girls Basketball

February, 29, 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.

Michaela Neuhaus
Senior point guard, Highlands Ranch (CO)

2011-12 Team record: 20-4
2011-12 Team standing: Will play in Class 5A quarterfinals on Feb. 29

2011-12 Points per game: 23
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 2
2011-12 Assists per game: 4.5
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.6
2011-12 Steals per game: 2.5

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: Denver

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-Tournament; 2011 Second Team All-State; 2011 First Team All-League; 2011 Nike Tournament of Champions All-Tournament Team

Marquelle Dent
Senior point guard, Regis Jesuit (Aurora, CO)

2011-12 Team record: 20-4
2011-12 Team standing: Will play in Class 5A quarterfinals on Feb. 29

2011-12 Points per game: 11.5
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 3
2011-12 Assists per game: 9
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.4
2011-12 Steals per game: 4.3

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Wyoming

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2011 Second Team All-State; 2011 First Team All-League; 2010-11 Aurora Sentinel Player of the Year

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign.

Katie Heckman: Senior forward, Regis Jesuit (Aurora, CO)
Kailey Edwards: Senior guard, Legacy (Broomfield, CO)
Alexus Johnson: Senior forward, Monarch (Louisville, CO)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.

Colorado Boys Soccer POY: Shane O'Neill

February, 22, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed this past fall's Gatorade Boys Soccer 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 his 29 fellow Gatorade State Fall Boys Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Shane O'Neill

THE BASICS

School: Fairview (Boulder, Colo.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Forward/midfielder
Height: 6-foot-2
Height: 180 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: O'Neill scored 19 goals and passed for six assists this past season, leading the Knights (13-3-3) to the second round of the Class 5A state tournament. A First Team All-Colorado selection by the Denver Post, he was the West team MVP of December’s national High School All-American Game in Birmingham, Ala. The 2011 Front Range Conference Player of the Year, O'Neill concluded his prep soccer career with 48 goals and 27 assists.

Academic excellence: O’Neill has maintained a B average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally as a youth mentor and as an aide to the elderly.

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Eye on POY: Colorado boys soccer

February, 16, 2012
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The fall soccer season may have concluded, but the search for Gatorade State Boys Soccer Players 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 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.

Mark Dotseth
Senior defender, Air Academy (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

2011 Team record: 15-3 (Class 4A)
2011 Team standing: Lost Class 4A state quarterfinals

2011 Goals: 7
2011 Assists: 11
2011 Points per game: 1.00
Career goals: 36
Career assists: 44

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Loyola Marymount University

How he’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Had a direct hand in 18 of Air Academy’s 75 goals (24 percent). Led a defense that allowed one goal in three postseason games. Named Most Valuable Player of the 2010 Class 4A state championship match as the Kadets won the state title. Two-time Denver Post Class 4A State Player of the Year. 2011 NSCAA All-American. 2011 Colorado Springs Gazette Boys Soccer Athlete of the Year. Two-time Class 4A First Team All-State selection.

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Colorado Boys XC ROY: Ty Williams

January, 23, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Boys Cross Country Runner 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 his 50 fellow Gatorade State Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year winners, click here.


THE WINNER: Ty Williams

THE BASICS

School: Telluride (Colo.)
Grade: Senior
Height: 5-foot-11

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Williams raced to his third consecutive Class 1A-2A individual state championship this past season with a time of 16:26.03, leading the Miners to fourth place as a team. He also won the St. Vrain Invitational, the Ron Keller Invitational, the Delta Invitational and the Region 4 championship. He was 12th at the Foot Locker Midwest Regional championships.

Academic excellence: Williams has maintained a 3.30 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally assisting the elderly and has served as president of his county’s 4-H club.

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