High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Jonesport-Beals

Maine Boys Hoop POY: Garet Beal

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: Garet Beal

THE BASICS

School: Jonesport-Beals (Jonesport, Maine)
Grade: Junior
Position: Guard/forward
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 200 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Beal led the Royals to a 19-2 record and the Class D state championship this past season. He recorded 16 points and 10 rebounds in a 75-62, title-clinching victory against Forest Hills (Jackman, Maine), capturing First Team All-Tournament honors for the second consecutive season. The returning Third Team All-State selection as named by the Bangor Daily News averaged 22.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3.8 steals, 3.6 assists and 1.6 blocks. He shot 61.5 percent from the field, 46.7 percent from 3-point range and 81.2 percent from free throw line.

Academic excellence: Beal has maintained an A-minus average in the classroom and serves as a member of his school’s student council.

Exemplary character: In addition to donating his time on behalf of the National Honor Society, he has volunteered as a positive mentor to elementary school students and as part of both community fundraisers and cleanup efforts.

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Eye on POY: Maine boys basketball

March, 14, 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.

Garet Beal
Junior guard/forward, Jonesport-Beals (Jonesport, Maine)

2011-12 Team record: 19-2 (Class D)
2011-12 Team standing: Class D state champions

2011-12 Points per game: 22.3
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 8.7
2011-12 Assists per game: 3.6
2011-12 Blocks per game: 1.6
2011-12 Steals per game: 3.8

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Averaged 16.5 points and 9.0 rebounds in four Class D state tournament victories. Recorded 16 points and 10 rebounds in a 58-35 win over Forest Hills in the state championship game. Shot 61.5 percent from the field, 46.7 percent from 3-point range and 81.2 percent from free throw line. 2012 Class D Eastern Maine Tournament Most Valuable Player. 2011 and 2012 First Team All-Tournament selection. 2011 Third Team All-State selection as named by the Bangor Daily News.

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