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.
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THE WINNER: Garet Beal
School: Jonesport-Beals (Jonesport, Maine)
Weight: 200 pounds
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.
“Garet is a dream to coach,” said Jonesport-Beals head coach Gordon Faulkingham. “He’s a coach on the floor, the first to practice and the last to leave. He’s too unselfish at times and a great teammate.”
THE FUTURE: Beal will begin his senior year of high school this fall.