High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Dothan

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.

Kasey Cooper
Junior Pitcher, Dothan High (Dothan, AL)

2012 Team record: 41-17
2012 Team standing: Finished third in Class 6A

2012 Batting average: .599
2012 RBI: 58
2012 Runs: 72

2012 W-L record: 28-11
2012 ERA: 0.99
2012 Strikeouts: 344

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Auburn (verbal)

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Super All-State Team; All-State Tournament team; Tied state single season record with 106 hits.

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