High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Emily Crane

Missouri Softball POY: Emily Crane

June, 6, 2012
A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Softball 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 her 48 fellow Gatorade State Softball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Emily Crane


School: Troy Buchanan (Troy, Mo.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Shortstop
Height: 5-foot-7


Athletic achievement: Crane led the Trojans (29-4) to the Class 4A state championship this past season. She batted .563 with five home runs, 52 runs scored, 28 RBI and 24 stolen bases, while setting a state single-season record with 63 base hits. The Gateway Athletic Conference South and All-Metro Player of the Year, Crane was also a three-time First Team All-State selection and broke state career records for hits (205) and runs scored (168).

Academic excellence: Crane has maintained a 3.92 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A devoted member of her church youth group and a volunteer math tutor in her school, she has also donated her time on behalf of local food and blood-donation drives.

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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.

Paige Parker
Sophomore Pitcher, Truman High (Independence, MO)

2012 Team record: 22-8
2012 Team standing: Lost to Liberty in first round of 4A state tournament

2012 Batting average: .469
2012 RBI: 23
2012 Runs: 28

2012 W-L record: 20-5
2012 ERA: 0.85
2012 Strikeouts: 298

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Oklahoma (verbal)

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: First Team All-State; First Team All-Metro; First Team All-Region.

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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 ESPNHS recruit rankings.

That being said, the state’s returning First Team All-State selections are sure to enter the 2011-12 Gatorade State Softball Player of the Year conversation at some point. Here they are …

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