High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Kayla Bonstrom

Arizona Softball POY: Kayla Bonstrom

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: Kayla Bonstrom


School: Canyon del Oro (Oro Valley, Ariz.)
Grade: Senior
Position: P/OF
Height: 5-foot-8


Athletic achievement: Bonstrom led the Dorados (33-5) to the Division II state championship this past season. She batted .603 with 16 home runs, 71 runs scored, 63 RBI and a 1.293 slugging percentage. In the circle, the 2012 Division II Coaches High School Softball Player of the Year posted a 17-3 record with a 3.12 ERA and 128 strikeouts in 130 innings pitched. She won three state championships in four years and concluded her prep softball career with a .535 batting average and 34 home runs.

Academic excellence: Bonstrom has maintained a 4.35 weighted GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of the Mu Alpha Theta mathematics honor society and the Canyon del Oro Science Olympiad team, she has volunteered locally as a youth softball coach and mentor.

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