High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Indiana

Gatorade Male Athlete of the Year nominees

July, 9, 2012
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A dozen exceptional student-athletes -- already honored as National Player of the Year in their respective sports -- are contenders for the 10th annual Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year Award. On Tuesday in Los Angeles, one boy and one girl will be named prep sports’ Male and Female Athletes of the Year (ESPN3, 9:40 p.m. EDT), and both will be recognized at the ESPYS the following evening.

And the male nominees are (click here for the female nominees):

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Indiana Boys Track AOY: Futsum Zeinasellassie

June, 21, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Boys 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 his 50 fellow Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athletes of the Year winners, click here.


THE WINNER: Futsum Zeinasellassie

THE BASICS

School: North Central (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Grade: Senior
Event(s): Distance
Height: 5-foot-8

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Zeinasellassie broke a 37-year-old meet record and captured his fourth consecutive state title in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 8:51.15 this spring. The Gatorade National Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year, he also won the 3,200 at California’s Arcadia Invitational in a record time of 8:47.75 for an Indiana prep, which ranked as the nation’s No. 1 performance among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of his selection.

Academic excellence: Zeinasellassie has maintained a B average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church community, where his father is a pastor, he has volunteered with youth track programs and raised funds to benefit a school in Kenya. Zeinasellassie emigrated to the United States from the east African nation of Eritrea (AIR-ih-treeah) as a seventh grader.

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Indiana Girls Track AOY: Skyler Carpenter

June, 20, 2012
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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: Skyler Carpenter

THE BASICS

School: Westview (Topeka, Ind.)
Grade: Senior
Event(s): Hurdles/jumps
Height: 5-foot-7

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Carpenter won three individual state championships this spring and led the Warriors to a fourth-place finish as a team. She won the 100-meter high hurdles with a time of 14.13 seconds, the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in 42.20 and soared 18 feet, 10.5 inches to capture the long jump. Carpenter was also named Indiana Ms. Track and Field.

Academic excellence: Carpenter has maintained a 4.05 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: Also a soccer and basketball standout, she has volunteered locally on behalf of an elementary school reading program and an area Boys and Girls Club.

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Indiana Softball POY: Brooke Boetjer

June, 6, 2012
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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: Brooke Boetjer

THE BASICS

School: South Putnam (Greencastle, Ind.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Right-handed pitcher
Height: 6-foot

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Boetjer led the Eagles to a 30-0 record and a 53-game winning streak over two seasons entering the Class 2A state championship game against Adams Central (Monroe, Ind.), scheduled for Saturday. She owned a 21-0 record and a 0.11 ERA in the circle, and a .542 batting average with 40 RBI at the plate through 30 games. A First Team All-State selection and a Miss Softball finalist, Boetjer had 159 strikeouts against just 15 walks in 129 innings pitched.

Academic excellence: Boetjer has maintained a 3.59 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of the 4-H Club, she has volunteered locally as an elementary school tutor and youth softball instructor.

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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.

Brooke Boetjer
Senior Pitcher, South Putnam High (Greencastle, IN)

2012 Team record: 28-0
2012 Team standing: Top-ranked team in Class 2A

2012 Batting average: .545
2012 RBI: 36
2012 Runs: 24

2012 W-L record: 19-0
2012 ERA: 0.12
2012 Strikeouts: 142

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Indiana

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Miss Softball finalist; First Team All-State; Team has 53-game winning streak.

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Indiana Baseball POY: Will Coursen-Carr

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: Will Coursen-Carr

THE BASICS

School: South Side (Fort Wayne, Ind.)
Grade: Senior
Position: LHP/1B
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 205 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Coursen-Carr led the Archers (18-9) to a berth in the Class 4A regional tournament, scheduled to begin Saturday. At the time of his selection, he owned an 8-1 record with one save, a 0.37 ERA and 114 strikeouts in 56 innings. A 2011 First Team All-State honoree, Coursen-Carr also batted .500 with three home runs and 15 RBI through 27 games.

Academic excellence: Coursen-Carr has maintained a 4.01 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church community, he has volunteered locally as a youth baseball coach and on behalf of multiple community service initiatives in association with the National Honor Society.

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Eye on POY: Indiana Baseball

May, 25, 2012
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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.

Will Coursen-Carr
Senior LHP/first baseman, South Side (Fort Wayne)

2012 Team record: 14-6
2012 Team standing: Will begin Class 4A sectional tournament on May 26

2012 W-L record: 7-1
2012 ERA: 0.29
2012 Strikeouts: 98
2012 Innings: 48.67

2012 Batting average: .500
2012 RBI: 3
2012 Runs: 15

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Indiana

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 and 2012 Team Captain; 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 and 2012 First Team All-Conference;

Nick McCarty
Senior RHP/outfielder, Cathedral (Indianapolis)

2012 Team record: 16-4
2012 Team standing: Lost in Class 4A Sectional Tournament

2012 W-L record: 8-2
2012 ERA: 1.69
2012 Strikeouts: 82
2012 Innings: 49.33

2012 Batting average: .429
2012 RBI: 22
2012 Runs: 23

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Notre Dame

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 and 2012 First Team All-Conference;

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.

Luke Stephenson: Senior RHP/infielder, Triton Central (Fairland)
Trey Ball: Junior LHP, New Castle (IN)
Jake Post: Senior RHP, Cesterton (IN)

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.

Indiana Boys Hoop POY: Gary Harris

March, 22, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Boys Basketball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 50 fellow Gatorade State Boys Basketball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Gary Harris

THE BASICS

School: Hamilton Southeastern (Fishers, Ind.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Shooting guard
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 180 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Harris averaged 25.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, 4.2 steals and 3.7 assists per game this past season, leading the Royals (22-3) to the Class 4A sectional final. A 2012 McDonald’s All-American Game selection and a 2012 Jordan Brand Classic game invitee, he is the No. 11 ranked recruit in the Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU.

Academic excellence: Harris has maintained a 3.55 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and as a youth basketball coach and camp counselor.

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Eye on POY: Indiana Boys Basketball

March, 17, 2012
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The window on the Gatorade State Boys Basketball 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.

Gary Harris
Senior shooting guard, Hamilton Southeastern (Fishers, IN)

2011-12 Team record: 22-3
2011-12 Team standing: Lost in Class 4A sectional final

2011-12 Points per game: 25.4
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 7.6
2011-12 Assists per game: 3.7
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.9
2011-12 Steals per game: 4.2

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: Michigan State

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2012 McDonald’s All-American Game selection; 2012 Jordan Brand Classic selection; Ranked No. 11 by ESPNU 100; 2010-2012 First Team All-State

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POY Alumni: Populating Wooden nominees

March, 8, 2012
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Skylar Diggins, Indiana, POY Alumni, Washington, girlsAssociated PressNotre Dame junior guard and John R. Wooden Award finalist Skylar Diggins captured 2008-09 Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year honors and two Gatorade Indiana Girls Basketball Player of the Year awards.
Of the 15 women finalists for this year’s John R. Wooden Award, a majority are former Gatorade Player of the Year honorees --nine in all.

Nominees include three former Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year winners in Notre Dame junior guard Skylar Diggins of Washington (South Bend, Ind.), Stanford senior forward Nneka Ogwumike of Cy-Fair (Cypress, Texas) and Stanford sophomore forward Chiney Ogwumike of Cy-Fair.

Five 2012 Wooden finalists were twice recognized as State Player of the Year during their high school career: Delaware junior wing Elena Delle Donne of Ursuline Academy (Wilmington, Del./2005-06, 2007-08) and Tennessee senior wing Shekinna Stricklen of Morrilton (Morrilton, Ark./2005-06, 2007-08) along with Diggins (2007-09), the elder Ogwumike sister (2006-08) and the only freshman among this year’s finalists, Duke center Elizabeth Williams of Princess Anne (Virginia Beach, Va./2009-11).

Other POY alumni contending for college basketball’s ultimate honor this year include Baylor junior center Brittney Griner of Nimitz (Texas/2008-09), Ohio State senior guard Samantha Prahalis of Commack (Commack, N.Y./2007-08) and Kentucky junior guard A’dia Mathies of Iroquois (Louisville, Ky.).

Last month, Delle Donne, who owns a 3.6 GPA, was named the NCAA Academic All-America of the Year.

Indiana Girls Hoop POY: Stephanie Mavunga

March, 8, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For her 50 fellow Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Stephanie Mavunga

THE BASICS

School: Brownsburg (Ind.)
Grade: Junior
Position: Forward
Height: 6-foot-3

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Mavunga averaged 21.6 points, 12.4 rebounds, 5.1 blocks, 2.4 steals and 1.5 assists per game this past season, leading the Bulldogs (18-3) to the Class 4A state tournament. A member of the USA Basketball U16 National Team that won the gold medal at the FIBA Americas Championships in July, 2011, she was a 2011 Associated Press Third Team All-State selection and a member of the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association All-State Underclassmen team. Mavunga has scored 1,188 points in her prep basketball career.

Academic excellence: Mavunga has maintained a 3.48 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: The vice president of the Brownsburg High House of Representatives, she has volunteered locally as a church aide and with Family Career and Community Leaders of America.

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Eye on POY: Indiana girls basketball

February, 29, 2012
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The window on the Gatorade State Girls Basketball 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.

Stephanie Mavunga
Junior forward, Brownsburg (Ind.)

2011-12 Team record: 18-3
2011-12 Team standing: Lost in Class 4A Ben Davis Sectional first round

2011-12 Points per game: 21.6
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 12.4
2011-12 Assists per game: 1.5
2011-12 Blocks per game: 5.1
2011-12 Steals per game: 2.4

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: HS junior

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Averaged 10.6 points and 6.4 rebounds to help lead United States to gold medal at FIBA Americas U16 Championships; HoopGurlz No. 15-rated prospect in Class of 2013; 2011 Third Team All-State

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Indiana Boys Soccer POY: Femi Hollinger-Janzen

February, 22, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed this past fall's Gatorade Boys Soccer Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 29 fellow Gatorade State Fall Boys Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Femi Hollinger-Janzen

THE BASICS

School: Bethany Christian (Goshen, Ind.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Midfielder
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 180 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Hollinger-Janzen scored 29 goals and passed for eight assists this past season, leading the Bruins (18-4-1) to the Class 1A state semifinals. The Indiana Soccer Coaches Association State Player of the Year, he was an All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and a two-time Northern Indiana Soccer Conference Player of the Year. Hollinger-Janzen concluded his prep soccer career with 67 goals and 23 assists.

Academic excellence: Janzen has maintained a B average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A drummer in his church’s worship band, he has volunteered locally at a food bank and as a youth soccer coach in addition to serving as a youth mentor at his church and in association with the Boys & Girls Club of America.

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Eye on POY: Indiana boys soccer

February, 16, 2012
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The fall soccer season may have concluded, but the search for Gatorade State Boys Soccer Players of the Year 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.

Femi Hollinger-Janzen
Senior midfielder, Bethany Christian (Goshen, Ind.)

2011 Team record: 18-4-1 (Class 1A)
2011 Team standing: Lost Class 1A state semifinals

2011 Goals: 29
2011 Assists: 8
2011 Points per game: 1.61
Career goals: 67
Career assists: 23

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Indiana University

How he’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Totaled nine goals and two assists in six postseason matches. 2011 Indiana Soccer Coaches Association State Player of the Year. Netted the game-winning goal in 12 of Bethany Christian's 18 wins. Had a direct hand in 37 of the Bruins' 86 goals (43.0 percent). Scored the winning goal for the West team in December's High School All-American Game in Birmingham, Ala. 2011 NSCAA State Player of the Year. 2011 NSCAA All-American. Two-time Northern Indiana Soccer Conference Player of the Year.

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Indiana Girls Soccer POY: Brooke Backes

February, 9, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed this past fall's Gatorade State Girls Soccer Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For her 21 fellow Gatorade State Fall Girls Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Brooke Backes

THE BASICS

School: Carmel (Ind.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Forward
Height: 5-foot-6

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Backes led the Greyhounds to a 22-0-1 record and the Class 2A state championship this past season. She scored 16 goals and passed for nine assists, scoring the lone goal in Carmel’s 1-0 state title-clinching win over Hamilton Southeastern (Fishers, Ind.). The 2011 Indiana Soccer Coaches Association’s Miss Soccer, Backes is a two-time Indianapolis Star Player of the Year and an All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. She concluded her prep soccer career with 42 goals and 26 assists.

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

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally at an area homeless shelter and food bank, on behalf of a fundraising campaign to benefit cancer research and as part of multiple community service initiatives in association with her church youth group.

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