High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Jasmine Casados

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.

Katera Eltsosie
Senior Pitcher/Third Baseman, Volcano Vista High (Albuquerque, NM)

2012 Team record: 30-1
2012 Team standing: Won Class 5A state title

2012 Batting average: .496
2012 RBI: 55
2012 Runs: 52

2012 W-L record: 16-0
2012 ERA: 1.51
2012 Strikeouts: 131

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: Lubbock Christian

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: District Player of the Year; Albuquerque Journal Player of the Year; First Team All-State; All-Metro; Hit 12 home runs.

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