High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Karlee Koopman

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.

Heather Bowen
Sophomore Shortstop, Centennial High (Las Vegas, NV)

2012 Team record: 34-8
2012 Team standing: Won Class 4A state title

2012 Batting average: .480
2012 RBI: 54
2012 Runs: 60

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Utah (verbal)

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Hit school-record 16 HR; Las Vegas Review-Journal Class 4A Player of the Year; Went 6-for-7 with three doubles on final day of state tournament; First Team All-State.

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