High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Hillsboro

Eye on POY: Kansas Volleyball

December, 1, 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 ...

Paige Brown -- Senior setter, St. James Academy (Lenexa, KS) Thunder

2011 KILLS: 59
2011 BLOCKS: 70
2011 DIGS: 312
2011 ACES: 45
2011 ASSISTS: 1,010

2011 Team record: 45-1
2011 Team standing: Won Class 4A state title

Collegiate destination: Appalachian State (verbally committed)

Additional considerations: 2011 Evelyn Gates Award winner; 2009-2011 First Team All-State; Class 4A Kansas Volleyball Association Player of the Year; 2011 American Volleyball Coaches Association nominee

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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 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 …
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