High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Katera Eltsosie

New Mexico Softball POY: Katera Eltsosie

June, 6, 2012
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: Katera Eltsosie


School: Volcano Vista (Albuquerque, N.M.)
Grade: Senior
Position: RHP/3B
Height: 5-foot-5


Athletic achievement: Eltsosie led the Hawks (30-1) to the Class 5A state championship this past season. She posted a 16-0 record with a 1.51 ERA in the circle, and batted .496 with 12 home runs and 55 RBI at the plate. Eltsosie was named the District Player of the Year and the Albuquerque Journal Player of the Year.

Academic excellence: Eltsosie has maintained a 3.54 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics and fundraising to benefit a homeless shelter.

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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.

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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