High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Geri Ann Glasco

Gatorade Female Athlete of the Year nominees

July, 9, 2012
A dozen exceptional student-athletes -- already honored as National Player of the Year in their respective sports -- are contenders for the 10th annual Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year Award. On Tuesday in Los Angeles, one boy and one girl will be named prep sports’ Male and Female Athletes of the Year (ESPN3, 9:40 p.m. EDT), and both will be recognized at the ESPYS the following evening.

And the female nominees are (click here for the male nominees):

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Glasco snares National Player of the Year

June, 13, 2012
video Geri Ann Glasco thought she was recording an interview with television analyst and international softball legend Jessica Mendoza, but the only sound bite cameras captured was the stunned teen's gasp when the two-time Olympic medalist unveiled the Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year trophy.

Fittingly, Mendoza was the first to inform the Oconee County (Watkinsville, Ga.) standout that she'd joined softball royalty such as Alicia Hollowell and Cat Osterman, who have won the award previously. The surprise abruptly concluded the mock Q&A orchestrated at the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association North/South All-Star Softball Classic in Rome, Ga.

"I thought it was going to be a typical interview, and then Jessica Mendoza is the first person I see," Glasco said. "I recognized it was a bigger deal than I thought, so I got a little nervous and answered her questions as best I could. Then, she dropped the news. I had no idea I was being considered for this. It's really exciting, really surreal. It's awesome to receive such great recognition and be on a list with people I've grown up watching. It really shows hard work pays off, and I'm so grateful."

The 5-foot-6 senior right-handed pitcher led the Warriors (38-2) to the Class AAA state title this past season. Glasco posted a 19-0 record with a 0.50 ERA in the circle, while batting .564 with 62 RBI and a state single-season record 24 home runs. A four-time first-team all-state selection, she struck out 213 batters in 113 innings, firing 13 shutouts and four no-hitters. Glasco set the state career record for home runs (47) and doubles (58) in addition to finishing second in Georgia history with 207 career hits and fourth with 167 RBIs.

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Georgia Softball POY: Geri Ann Glasco

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: Geri Ann Glasco


School: Oconee County (Watkinsville, Ga.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Right-handed pitcher
Height: 5-foot-6


Athletic achievement: Glasco led the Warriors (38-2) to the Class 3A state championship this past season. The Class 3A Player of the Year, she posted a 19-0 record with a 0.50 ERA in the circle, while batting .564 batting average with 62 RBI and a state-record 24 home runs. A four-time First Team All-State selection, Glasco struck out 213 batters in 113 innings and also broke the state record for home runs in a career (47).

Academic excellence: Glasco has maintained a B-plus average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A devoted member of her church community, she has volunteered locally as a youth softball instructor and on behalf of an elementary school literacy-outreach initiative.

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POY Potential: Ga. All-State Softball

October, 20, 2011
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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