High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Drew Nick

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.

Drew Nick
Senior Shortstop/Pitcher, Champlain Valley Union High (Hinesburg, VT)

2012 Team record: 9-1
2012 Team standing: Plays Missisquoi, May 18

2012 Batting average: .467
2012 RBI: 5
2012 Runs: 9

2012 W-L record: 4-0
2012 ERA: 0.00
2012 Strikeouts: 32

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: Bentley University

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Two-time First Team All-Metro; 1.174 OPS at the plate; 12 hits allowed in 24 IP.

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Eye on POY: Vermont football

November, 23, 2011
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The window on the Gatorade State Football 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.

Jake Stalcup
Junior quarterback, Burr and Burton Academy (Manchester, VT)

2011 Team record: 7-4
2011 Team standing: Lost in Division 2 state
2011 COMP-ATT (%)-YDs: 163-286 (56.9)- 2,448
2011 TDs-INTs: 31-10

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: HS Junior

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 ESPNHS preseason All-State selection. Led Burr and Burton Academy to Division 2 state final.

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