High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Green Hope

Eye on POY: North Carolina girls soccer

May, 18, 2012
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The window on the Gatorade State Girls Soccer 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.

Caroline Gentry
Senior forward, Leesville Road (Raleigh, N.C.)

2012 Team record: 25-1-1 (Class 4A)
2012 Team standing: Class 4A state semifinal vs. Green Hope on Friday

2012 Goals: 28
2012 Assists: 11
Career goals: 105
Career assists: 57

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: N.C. State University

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Averaged 1.5 points per game through her first 26 games this season. 2011 Class 4A Player of the Year. 2011 NSCAA All-American. No. 141 ranked recruit in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNHS.

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Eye on POY: North Carolina girls basketball

February, 26, 2012
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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.

Eye on POY, Tiffany Mitchell, Providence Day School, North Carolina, girls
Glenn Nelson/ESPNHSTiffany Mitchell led Providence Day School (Charlotte, N.C.) to a third consecutive state championship this season.
Tiffany Mitchell
Senior guard, Providence Day School (Charlotte, N.C.)

2011-12 Team record: 29-4 (NCISAA Class 3A)
2011-12 Team standing: NCISAA Class 3A state champions

2011-12 Points per game: 19.8
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 6.9
2011-12 Assists per game: 2.9
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.3
2011-12 Steals per game: 4.1

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: University of South Carolina

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Amassed 20 points and nine rebounds in a 66-42 victory against Greensboro Day School (Greensboro, N.C.) in the NCISAA Class 3A state championship game. Faced opponents with a .622 winning percentage. Averaged 30.2 points, 10.5 rebounds, 6.3 steals and 4.4 assists per 32 minutes of action. Shooting 48.5 percent from the field, 24.5 percent from 3-point range and 67.1 percent from the free throw line. No. 46 ranked recruit in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNHS. 2010 USA Basketball Women’s U17 World Championship Team trials roster. Two-time returning First Team All-State selection as named by the Associated Press. Three-time returning NCISAA Class 3A First Team All-State selection. 2010 and 2011 NCISAA Class 3A state champion. 2009 NCISAA Class 3A state runner-up.

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Eye on POY: North Carolina volleyball

December, 9, 2011
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The window on the Gatorade State Volleyball 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.

Eye on POY: Madison Bugg
Randy Rimland/Carolina Sports PhotographyMadison Bugg captured 2009-10 Gatorade North Carolina Volleyball Player of the Year honors.
Madison Bugg
Senior outside hitter, Cardinal Gibbons (Raleigh, N.C.)

2011 Team record: 22-3
2011 Team standing: Won third straight Class 3A state title

2011 Kills: 271
2011 Blocks: 20
2011 Digs: 182
2011 Aces: 31
2011 Assists: 20

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Stanford

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2009-10 Gatorade North Carolina Volleyball Player of the Year; 2009-2011 Class 3A state tournament MVP; 2011-12 AVCA Under Armour First Team All-American; Ranked No. 5 nationally by PrepVolleyball.com "Senior Aces."

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POY Potential: Top N.C. volleyball recruits

October, 18, 2011
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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 PrepVolleyball.com's Senior Aces rankings.

That being said, the state’s top recruits as ranked by PrepVolleyball.com are sure to enter the 2011-12 Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year conversation at some point. Here they are …

1. Cardinal Gibbons High (Raleigh, N.C.) setter Madison Bugg
  • PrepVolleyball Senior Aces rank: No. 5
  • Height: 6-foot
  • Club: Triangle
  • College: Stanford University (verbal)
  • John Tawa, publisher of PrepVolleyball.com: "Bugg has immense physical skills. She is tall, quick and blessed with great hands. She can make any set from just about any position on the floor. A strong right side blocker, Bugg has even excelled as an outside hitter, a role she’s taken on for her high school team the past two years. A mature and athletic decision maker, Bugg does what the great players do: she makes those around her better and she understands the intricacies of the game from her side of the net. She knows who to set and when to set them. While her physical skills rank among the top players in the Class of 2012, her competitiveness and creativity on the floor separate Bugg from the field. The Stanford recruit is a great leader and teammate who will excel at the highest level of college volleyball.”

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