High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Essex

Vermont Softball POY: Alexis Perry

June, 6, 2012
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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: Alexis Perry

THE BASICS

School: Essex (Essex Junction, Vt.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Right-handed pitcher
Height: 5-foot-8

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Perry led the Hornets to a 17-0 record entering the Division I semifinals against Missisquoi, scheduled for Wednesday. She owned a 14-0 record and a 0.43 ERA in the circle, and a .511 batting average with 21 RBI at the plate through 17 games. A two-time First Team All-Metro selection, Perry recorded 173 strikeouts against just 15 walks in 98 innings pitched.

Academic excellence: Perry has maintained an A-minus average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of youth softball programs.

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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.

Alexis Perry
Senior Pitcher, Essex High (Essex Junction, VT)

2012 Team record: 17-0
2012 Team standing: Plays Missisquoi in Div. I semifinal, June 6

2012 W-L record: 14-0
2012 ERA: 0.43
2012 Strikeouts: 173

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: Merrimack College

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: First Team All-Metro; Eight shutouts; Outscored opponents 140-13.

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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.

Sarah Illingworth
Senior Center, Hartford High (White River Junction, VT)

2011-12 Team record: 15-5
2011-12 Team standing: Plays Otter Valley in state playoffs, 3/7

2011-12 Points per game: 12.8
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 10.3
2011-12 Blocks per game: 1.1
2011-12 Steals per game: 1.4

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: UMass-Lowell

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: VBCA Dream Dozen in 2011; First Team All-Marble Valley League; Third Team Burlington Free Press All-State in 2011.

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Eye on POY: Vermont girls cross country

December, 31, 2011
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The cross country season may have concluded, but the search for Gatorade State Girls 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. These state meet winners made a case in their respective classifications, but did they do enough on and off the course this past season to capture the prestigious statewide honor?

Markie Palermo
Junior, Essex High (Essex Junction, VT)

2011 Team postseason standing: 2nd (Div. I)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—19:15.3

Jaime Thomas
Junior, Harwood Union High (Moretown, VT)

2011 Team postseason standing: 1st (Div. II)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—20:42.4

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