High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Cosby

Virginia Girls Track AOY: Megan Moye

June, 20, 2012
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: Megan Moye


School: Cosby (Midlothian, Va.)
Grade: Senior
Event(s): Middle-distance/distance
Height: 5-foot-7


Athletic achievement: Moye won the 800-meter run and the 1,600-meter run at the Group AAA state meet this spring, leading the Titans to a second-place finish as a team. She also ran the anchor leg for Cosby’s 1,600-meter sprint medley team that finished first at this month’s New Balance Outdoor Nationals with a time of 3:55.17. Among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of her selection, Moye was ranked No. 7 nationally in the 1,600, No. 10 in the 800 and No. 13 in the 3,200. She is the only female runner in the country to rank in the top 30 in all three events.

Academic excellence: Moye has maintained a weighted 4.69 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of the National Arts Honor Society, she has volunteered locally in neighborhood-beautification projects and as part of multiple community service initiatives in association with her church youth group.

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Eye on POY: Virginia baseball

May, 20, 2012
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.

Nathan Kirby
Senior left-handed pitcher, James River (Midlothian, Va.)

2012 Team record: 15-5 (Group AAA)
2012 Team standing: Group AAA state tournament begins on June 5

2012 W-L record: 7-1
2012 ERA: 1.31
2012 Strikeouts: 63

2012 Batting average: .444
2012 RBI: 11
2012 Runs: 9

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: University of Virginia

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Owns a 3-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio while striking out 1.5 batters per inning. No. 33 ranked prospect in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNHS. 2012 Dominion District Co-Player of the Year. 2012 Preseason Second Team All-American as named by Perfect Game USA. 2012 Preseason First Team All-State selection as named by ESPNHS. 2011 East Coast Professional Showcase participant. 2011 Perfect Game USA National Showcase participant. 2011 Preseason Underclassmen Third Team All-American as named by Perfect Game USA. 2010 Preseason Underclassmen Honorable Mention All-American as named by Perfect Game USA. 2010 Junior National Showcase participant.

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Return of the POY: Virginia's Luis Rendon

May, 2, 2012
The Gatorade State Boys Soccer Players of the Year spring 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.

Luis Rendon, Cosby, Virginia, Return of the POY, Gatorade
Susan Goldman/APLuis Rendon (left) receives his 2010-11 Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year award from Alecko Eskandarian.
Name: Luis Rendon
School: Cosby (Midlothian, Va.)

Grade: Senior
Position: Forward

2011 Goals: 18
2011 Assists: 16
2009-11 Total goals: 40
2009-11 Total assists: 40

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year. 2010-11 Gatorade Virginia Boys Soccer Player of the Year. No. 4 ranked recruit in Class of 2012 as ranked by ESPNHS. Has played just one game in the 2012 spring season due to injuries. U.S. Soccer Under-18 Men's National Team camp invitee. Led the Titans to the 2011 Central Region semifinals. 2011 Group AAA First Team All-State selection. 2010 Group AAA Second Team All-State selection.

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