High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Kristen Brown

New York Softball POY: Kristen Brown

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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: Kristen Brown

THE BASICS

School: MacArthur (Levittown, N.Y.)
Grade: Senior
Position: SS/RHP
Height: 5-foot-9

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Brown led the Generals to a 20-4 record entering the Class AA Long Island Championship Game against East Islip, scheduled for June 5. She owned a .564 batting average with 14 home runs and 42 RBI at the plate, and an 8-3 record with a 2.27 ERA in the circle through 24 games. Brown is a two-time First Team All-Long Island selection and was a Second Team All-State honoree as a junior.

Academic excellence: Brown has maintained an A-minus average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: Also a volleyball standout, she has raised funds for breast cancer research and volunteered locally collecting Christmas gifts for needy children.

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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.

Kristen Brown
Senior Shortstop/Pitcher, MacArthur High (Levittown, NY)

2012 Team record: 20-4
2012 Team standing: Plays East Islip in Long Island Championship Game, June 5

2012 Batting average: .564
2012 RBI: 42
2012 Home Runs: 13

2012 W-L record: 8-3
2012 ERA: 2.27
2012 Strikeouts: 98

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: North Carolina

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Nassau County Player of the Year; Second Team All-State; 1.231 slugging percentage.

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