High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Haley Hutton

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.

Haley Hutton
Junior Shortstop, Valley High (Gilcrest, CO)

2012 Team record: 24-1
2012 Team standing: Won Class 3A state title

2012 Batting average: .584
2012 RBI: 43
2012 Runs: 55

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Colorado State (verbal)

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Denver Post All-Colorado Team; First Team All-State; MVP of Class 3A state tournament.

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POY Potential: Colorado All-State softball

October, 19, 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 …

A dedicated POY team at ESPNHS manages the Gatorade Player of the Year program selection process and oversees all research, reporting, comparative analysis and criteria-compliance on the award program’s behalf.