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

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.

Alexis Perry
Senior Pitcher, Essex High (Essex Junction, VT)

2012 Team record: 17-0
2012 Team standing: Plays Missisquoi in Div. I semifinal, June 6

2012 W-L record: 14-0
2012 ERA: 0.43
2012 Strikeouts: 173

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: Merrimack College

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: First Team All-Metro; Eight shutouts; Outscored opponents 140-13.

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