High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Grosse Pointe South

Michigan Girls Track AOY: Hannah Meier

June, 20, 2012
A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2012 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For her 50 fellow Gatorade State Girls Track & Field Athletes of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Hannah Meier


School: Grosse Pointe South
(Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.)
Grade: Junior
Event(s): Middle-distance/distance
Height: 5-foot-6


Athletic achievement: Meier won two individual state titles and anchored two victorious relays to lead the Blue Devils to the Division I state championship as a team this spring. The state’s returning Gatorade Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year, she won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:08.57 and the 1,600-meter run in 4:43.05, the latter of which ranked as the nation’s No. 4 time among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of her selection. The Grosse Pointe South 4x400-meter relay quartet won in 3:51.89 and Meier’s final leg lifted the 4x800-meter relay squad to the fourth-fastest time in U.S. prep history, 8:48.29.

Academic excellence: Meier has maintained a 3.85 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A devoted member of her church community, she has volunteered locally on behalf of area homeless shelters and youth track programs, and has served as a middle school tutor.

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Eye on POY: Michigan Baseball

May, 26, 2012
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.

Carmen Benedetti
Junior first baseman/LHP, Grosse Pointe South (Grosse Pointe)

2012 Team record: 13-10
2012 Team standing: Division 1 District Tournament begins May 29

2012 Batting average: .519
2012 RBI: 24
2012 Runs: 16

2012 W-L record: 2-0
2012 ERA: 2.67
2012 Strikeouts: 28
2012 Innings: 21

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Michigan

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2012 Louisville Slugger Pre-Season All-American; 2011 First Team All-State

Brett Sunde
Senior catcher, Bishop Foley (Madison Heights)

2012 Team record: 25-3
2012 Team standing: Division 3 District Tournament begins May 29

2012 Batting average: .500
2012 RBI: 32
2012 Runs: 31

Academics: X average
Collegiate destination: School Name (commitment)

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State; 2009-2011 First Team All-District; 2009-2011 First Team All-Region; 2010 and 2011 First Team All-League;

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign.

Jacob Cronenworth: Senior shortstop, St. Clair (MI)
Cam Gibson: Senior outfielder, Grosse Pointe South (Grosse Pointe)
Travis Maezes: Senior outfielder/shortstop, Pioneer (Ann Arbor)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.