High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Courtney Roberts

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.

Carley Hoover
Junior Pitcher, D.W. Daniel High (Central, SC)

2012 Team record: 25-7
2012 Team standing: Lost in Class 3A finals

2012 Batting average: .475
2012 Home Runs: 7
2012 Runs: 34

2012 W-L record: 16-4
2012 ERA: 0.50
2012 Strikeouts: 296

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Stanford (verbal)

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: All-State; All-Region; High School Sports Report Class 3A Co-Player of the Year; Struck out 2.13 batters per inning; Drew a state record 59 bases on balls.

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