High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Davis

Utah Boys Track AOY: Brad Nye

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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: Brad Nye

THE BASICS

School: Davis (Kaysville, Utah)
Grade: Senior
Event(s): Middle-distance/distance
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 150 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Nye won three individual state championships this spring and led the Darts to a Class 3A state championship. He won the 800-meter run with a time of 1:52.69, the 1,600-meter run in 4:19.74 and the 3,200-meter run in 9:19.59. The state record holder in the 800 (1:51.89), the 1,600 (4:09.67) and the mile (4:04.46), he was the 2012 New Balance Nationals Indoors champion in the mile with a time of 4:08.67.

Academic excellence: Nye has maintained a 3.69 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: An Eagle Scout, he has volunteered locally in neighborhood beautification projects, as a youth track coach and official and is an active member of his church youth group.

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The window on the Gatorade State Boys 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.

Taylor Fankhauser
Senior Forward/Midfielder, Brighton High (Cottonwood Heights, UT)

2012 Team record: 13-1
2012 Team standing: Top-ranked team in Class 5A

2012 Goals: 8
2012 Assists: 14
2012 Points per game: 1.57
Career goals: 16
Career assists: 31

Academics: A-plus average
Collegiate destination: BYU

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Salt Lake Tribune Second Team All-State in 2011; First Team All-Region; Team ranked No. 48 in ESPNHS Fab 50.

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Eye on POY: Washington boys basketball

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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.

Jordan Chatman
Senior guard, Union (Camas, Wash.)

2011-12 Team record: 21-8 (Class 4A)
2011-12 Team standing: Lost Class 4A state semifinal to Central Valley (Spokane Valley, Wash.), 52-51

2011-12 Points per game: 20.7
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 6.3
2011-12 Assists per game: 2.7
2011-12 Blocks per game: 1.0
2011-12 Steals per game: 1.9

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Brigham Young University

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Averaged 27.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.3 assists in three Class 4A state tournament games. Sunk a full-court shot as time expired in the 52-51 state semifinal loss to Central Valley. Played a schedule of opponents with a .576 winning percentage and 20 games against winning teams. No. 51 ranked point guard in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU. 2012 State Player of the Year as named by the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association. 2012 First Team All-State selection as named by The Seattle Times and The News Tribune. 2012 Class 4A state tournament Most Valuable Player.

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Eye on POY: Utah volleyball

December, 6, 2011
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The window on the Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year race is closing, and time is running out for student-athletes to state their POY case. 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.

Bailey Farris
Senior Middle Blocker, Morgan High (Morgan, UT)

2011 Team record: 25-4
2011 Team standing: Won Class 3A state title

2011 Kills: 405
2011 Blocks: 91
2011 Digs: 111
2011 Aces: 32

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Utah Valley University (letter of intent)

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Deseret News Miss Volleyball; Four-time All-State selection.

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Return of the ROY: Utah's Shea Martinez

October, 28, 2011
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The 2011-12 Gatorade State Cross Country Runners of the Year selection process is underway, 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 …

Return of the ROY: Shea Martinez
file photo/ESPNHSShea Martinez is the returning Gatorade Utah Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year.
Name: Shea Martinez

Position: Distance runner

Grade: Junior

School: Davis (Kaysville, Utah)

College: Undecided

Height: 5-foot-8

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Utah Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year ... 2010 Nike Cross Nationals Final 60th-place finisher ... 2010 Nike Cross Nationals Southwest Regional fourth-place finisher ... 2010 Class 5A state meet individual and team champion

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POY Potential: Top 5 Utah football recruits

October, 12, 2011
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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 top five football recruits as ranked by ESPNU are sure to enter the 2011-12 Gatorade Football Player of the Year conversation at some point. Here they are …

1. Bingham High (South Jordan, Utah) outside linebacker Jared Afalava
  • ESPNU position rank: No. 20 OLB
  • Height: 6-foot-2
  • Weight: 220 pounds
  • College: Undecided
  • Traits: inside run support, outside run support, tackling, coverage skill
  • ESPNU scouting report: "Afalava demonstrates very good playing speed; displays the playing strength to dominate against the run while showing the flexibility, balance and agility to play in space as a pass defender. Has the size and athleticism for the outside linebacker position at the major level of competition."

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