High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Haylie McCleney

Alabama Softball POY: Haylie McCleney

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: Haylie McCleney


School: Mortimer Jordan (Kimberly, Ala.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Centerfielder
Height: 5-foot-4


Athletic achievement: McCleney compiled a state-record .692 batting average with nine home runs, 64 runs scored and 28 RBI this past season, leading the Blue Devils (25-18) to the Class 5A state finals. A three-time First Team All-State selection, she also stole 65 bases in 66 attempts. As a junior, McCleney was the Birmingham News Girls Metro Athlete of the Year and was named to the Super All-State team.

Academic excellence: McCleney has maintained a 4.37 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of the local Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter, she has volunteered in her area on behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

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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.

Kasey Cooper
Junior Pitcher, Dothan High (Dothan, AL)

2012 Team record: 41-17
2012 Team standing: Finished third in Class 6A

2012 Batting average: .599
2012 RBI: 58
2012 Runs: 72

2012 W-L record: 28-11
2012 ERA: 0.99
2012 Strikeouts: 344

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Auburn (verbal)

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Super All-State Team; All-State Tournament team; Tied state single season record with 106 hits.

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