High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Corey Ray

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.

Kyle Funkhouser

Senior Right-handed Pitcher, Oak Forest High (Oak Forest, IL)

2012 Team record: 24-6

2012 Team standing: Plays Olympia Fields in Regional Final, May 26

2012 W-L record: 9-1

2012 ERA: 0.71

2012 Strikeouts: 90

Academics: B-plus average

Collegiate destination: Louisville

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: First Team All-State; Conference Player of the Year; Rawlings/Perfect Game First Team All-Region.

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