High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Dillon

South Carolina Baseball POY: Jamie Callahan

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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: Jamie Callahan

THE BASICS

School: Dillon (S.C.)
Grade: Senior
Position: RHP
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 210 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Callahan posted a 7-1 record on the mound with one save, a 0.89 ERA and 113 strikeouts in 50 innings this past season, leading the Wildcats (17-4) to the second round of the Class AA Lower State tournament. A 2011 Under Armour All-American Game participant and the No. 57 ranked prospect in the Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNHS, he also batted .439 with five home runs, 32 RBI and 28 runs-scored, compiling a 1.356 OPS.

Academic excellence: Callahan has maintained a 3.93 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, he has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics as well as food and clothing drives for needy families.

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Eye on POY: South Carolina Baseball

May, 25, 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.

Jamie Callahan
Senior right-handed pitcher, Dillon (S.C.)

2012 Team record: 17-4
2012 Team standing: Lost in second round Class AA Lower State tournament

2012 W-L record: 7-1
2012 ERA: 0.89
2012 Strikeouts: 113
2012 Innings: 50

2012 Batting average: .439
2012 RBI: 32
2012 Runs: 28

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: South Carolina

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 Under Armour All-American; Ranked No 57 in the Class of 2012 by ESPNHS.

Austin LaBounty
Senior RHP/outfielder, Gilbert (S.C.)

2012 Team record: 25-1
2012 Team standing: Won Class AA state title

2012 Batting average: .453
2012 RBI: 38
2012 Runs: 23

2012 W-L record: 8-0
2012 ERA: 2.01
2012 Strikeouts: 47
2012 Innings: 45.67

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: South Carolina

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-Conference;

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Baseball 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.

Austin Livingston: Senior RHP, Ashley Ridge (S.C.)
Alex Cunningham: Senior shortstop/RHP, Byrnes (Duncan)
David Houser: Senior catcher, AC Flora (Forest Acres)

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.

POY Potential: Top 5 S.C. football recruits

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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 …

Shaq Roland
file photo/ESPNHSShaq Roland is South Carolina's No. 1 senior recruit.
1. Lexington High (Lexington, SC) athlete Shaq Roland

  • ESPNU 150 rank: No. 46
  • Height: 6-foot-1
  • Weight: 180 pounds
  • College: South Carolina (verbal)
  • Traits: Versatility, playmaker, ball skills
  • ESPNU scouting report: "There are not many athletes as tall, fast and smooth as Roland in 2012. This guy could be productive in all three phases of the game at the next level and get recruited at a few different positions. We feel he will either settle in at receiver or safety. Defensive back may be an easier transition but his upside is at receiver. Needs to continue filling out but has good height for a projected skill player and very good movement skills."

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