High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: District of Columbia

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.

Andrew Culp
Junior RHP/first baseman, Maret School (D.C.)

2012 Team record: 18-9
2012 Team standing: Lost in Mid-Atlantic Conference semifinals

2012 W-L record: 6-2
2012 ERA: 2.31
2012 Strikeouts: 57
2012 Innings: 60

2012 Batting average: .500
2012 RBI: 23
2012 Runs: 18

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: HS Junior

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-Conference; 2012 Team MVP

Danny O'Donnell
Senior RHP, St. John's College High (D.C.)

2012 Team record: 26-3
2012 Team standing: Lost in Washington Catholic Athletic Conference semifinals

2012 W-L record: 6-2
2012 ERA: 0.34
2012 Strikeouts: 43

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: George Washington

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2012 WCAC Player of the Year

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.

Robinson Mateo: Senior RHP/shortstop, Wilson (D.C.)
Michael Flax: Senior shortstop, St. John's (D.C.)
David Steinbach: Senior shortstop, Sidwell Friends (D.C.)

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.

Eye on POY: D.C. girls basketball

February, 23, 2012
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The window on the Gatorade State Girls 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.

Katie Gillespie
Senior guard, Georgetown Visitation Prep (Washington, D.C.)

2011-12 Team record: 22-4
2011-12 Team standing: Independent School League AA quarterfinals on Friday

2011-12 Points per game: 21
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 11.3
2011-12 Assists per game: 4.9
2011-12 Steals per game: 3.1

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Holy Cross

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2011-12 Team MVP, 2010-2012 First Team All-League, 2012 Washington Post All-Met Watch List.

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The cross country season may have concluded, but the search for Gatorade State Boys Cross Country Runners of the Year is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated. The District of Columbia doesn't have a state meet, but the top finishers in the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association Championships and the Maryland/D.C. Private School Championships have certainly made a case for award consideration. Did they do enough on and off the course this past season to capture the prestigious honor?

Mike Crozier
Senior, Gonzaga College High (Washington, D.C.)

2011 Team postseason standing: 5th at MD/DC Private School Championships
2011 MD/DC Private School Championships (Place—time): 1st—15:58

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 4th—15:16.5
2011 Nike Cross Nationals Finals (Place—time): 13th—15:41

Simon Gigli
Senior, Woodrow Wilson High (Washington, D.C.)

2011 Team postseason standing: 1st at DCIAA Championships
2011 DCIAA Championships finish (Place—time): 1st—17:57

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Eye on POY: District of Columbia volleyball

December, 8, 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.

Darian Dozier
file photoDarian Dozier is a top candidate for Gatorade District of Columbia Volleyball Player of the Year
Darian Dozier
Senior outside hitter, St. John's (D.C.)

2011 Team record: 21-7
2011 Team standing: Lost in Washington Catholic Athletic Conference semifinals

2011 Kills: 438
2011 Kill percentage: .514
2011 Digs: 167
2011 Aces: 49

Academics:
B average
Collegiate destination: South Carolina

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2010 and 2011 Fragile X Classic All-Tournament selection; 2011 Washington Post First Team All-Met; AVCA Under Armour All-American Second Team;

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