High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Hamilton

Arizona Baseball POY: Mitch Nay

May, 30, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Baseball 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 his 47 fellow Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Mitch Nay

THE BASICS

School: Hamilton (City, State)
Grade: Senior
Position: Third baseman
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 198 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Nay batted .380 with 11 home runs and 31 RBI this past season, leading the Huskies (23-9) to the second round of the Division I state tournament. A returning Arizona Baseball Coaches Association First Team All-State selection, he produced an .837 slugging percentage and .520 on-base percentage in addition to scoring 33 runs. A member of the 2011 USA Baseball 18U National Team Trials Roster, he is the No. 9-ranked recruit in the Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNHS.

Academic excellence: Nay has maintained a 4.30 weighted GPA in the classroom and represents one of the state’s top academic candidates in meeting the Gatorade Award’s broad criteria.

Exemplary character: In addition to donating his time as a youth baseball instructor, he had volunteered on behalf of the Hope for Kids and Chandler Compadres organizations as well as part of a holiday gift-giving campaign to benefit the needy.

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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.

David Graybill
Senior first baseman/outfielder/right-handed pitcher, Brophy College Prep (Phoenix, Ariz.)

2012 Team record: 23-10 (Division I)
2012 Team standing: Lost Division I state final to Chaparral (Scottsdale, Ariz.), 5-3

2012 Batting average: .443
2012 RBI: 28
2012 Runs: 37

2012 W-L record: 4-1
2012 ERA: 2.95
2012 Strikeouts: 33

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Arizona State University

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Finished 8-for-20 with one home run and seven RBI in six Division I state tournament games. Owned a .925 slugging percentage and .538 on-base percentage. No. 247 ranked prospect in Class of 2012 as rated by Perfect Game USA. 2011 Area Code Games participant. 2011 Power Showcase Home Run Derby participant. 2011 Junior Sunbelt Classic All-Tournament selection. 2011 First Team All-Fiesta Region selection.

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Eye on POY: Arizona boys soccer

May, 8, 2012
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The window on the Gatorade State Boys 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.

Danny Arrubla
Senior forward, Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)

2012 Team record: 24-3
2012 Team standing: Division I state champions

2012 Goals: 41
2012 Assists: 14
Career goals: 72

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Colorado's Metropolitan State College

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2012 East Valley Tribune Player of the Year. 2012 All-Arizona selection as named by the Arizona Republic. Netted four goals (state playoff record) in a 5-0 win over Chaparral (Scottsdale, Ariz.) in the Division I state semifinals.

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POY Potential: Top 5 Ariz. Football Recruits

October, 6, 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 ESPNU's recruit rankings.

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

Andrus Peat
ESPNHSAndrus Peat is Arizona's No. 1 senior recruit.
1. Corona del Sol High (Tempe, Ariz.) offensive tackle Andrus Peat
  • ESPNU 150 rank: 16
  • Height: 6-foot-6
  • Weight: 280 pounds
  • College: Undecided
  • Traits: Run blocking, pass blocking, space blocking, physicality
  • ESPNU scouting report: "Peat is a very good athlete, demonstrating good explosion and playing strength at this stage of his development. Has the size for the offensive tackle position at the major level of competition and it appears his frame is very capable of adding the necessary bulk for the position over time."

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POY Potential: Top Alaska football recruits

October, 5, 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 ESPNU's recruit rankings.

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

Jeff Overbaugh
file photo/ESPNHSJeff Overbaugh is Alaska's No. 1 senior recruit
1. Service High (Anchorage, AK) long snapper Jeff Overbaugh

  • ESPNU 150 rank: No. 7 LS
  • Height: 6-foot-1
  • Weight: 225 pounds
  • College: Undecided
  • ESPNU scouting report: "Jeff is very motivated to become the best he can be and is very focused when it comes to his snapping craft. He has made great improvements over the last year and deserves to be one of the top snappers in the nation. At 240 pounds and 6'2" tall, Jeff has good straight away speed with the ability to cover and protect."

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