High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Lake Oswego

Eye on POY: Oregon baseball

May, 13, 2012
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The window on the Gatorade State Baseball 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.

Tyler Campbell
Senior SS, Lake Oswego (Ore.)

2012 Team record: 17-4 (Class 6A)
2012 Team standing: Class 6A state tournament begins on May 21

2012 Batting average: .479
2012 RBI: 12
2012 Runs: 17

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Producing a .685 slugging percentage and .512 on-base percentage. 10 stolen bases in 12 attempts. Owns a .934 fielding percentage. 2011 Area Code Games participant. 2011 Class 6A Second Team All-State selection. 2010 Class 6A First Team All-State selection.

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Oregon Boys Hoop POY: Calvin Hermanson

March, 22, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Boys Basketball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 50 fellow Gatorade State Boys Basketball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Calvin Hermanson

THE BASICS

School: Lake Oswego (Ore.)
Grade: Junior
Position: Guard/forward
Height: 6-foot-6
Weight: 190 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Hermanson averaged 23.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.0 steals per game this past season, leading the Lakers (22-6) to the Class 6A state championship game. The Three Rivers League Player of the Year, he shot 57.8 percent from the field, 38.8 percent from 3-point range and 73.3 percent from the free throw line. In his final three Class 6A state tournament games, Hermanson recorded 28.0 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest, capturing First Team All-Tournament honors.

Academic excellence: Hermanson has maintained a 3.47 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally as a youth basketball instructor to middle school players at the Pride of the Lake Basketball Camp.

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Oregon Football POY: Steven Long

December, 1, 2011
12/01/11
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A dedicated ESPNHS POY team managed the Gatorade State Football Player of the Year selection process, resulting in this winner based on the awards program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character. For his 50 fellow Gatorade State Football Player of the Year winners, click here.

Eye on POY: Steven Long
file photo/ESPNHSSteven Long leads Oregon's No. 1 ranked team into the Class 6A state tournament.
THE WINNER: Steven Long

THE BASICS: Anatomy of a POY

School: Lake Oswego (Ore.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Running back
Height: 5-foot-7
Weight: 175 pounds

THE PILLARS: Gatorade criteria

Athletic achievement: Long has led the Lakers to a 12-0 record and a berth in the Class 4A semifinals against Jesuit (Portland, Ore.), scheduled for Dec. 3. He rushed for 1,822 yards with 33 touchdowns on 235 carries through 12 games. A three-time First Team All-Conference selection, Long has averaged a touchdown once every 7.1 touches this season and has averaged 11.1 yards per carry during the 2011 postseason.

Academic excellence: Long has maintained a 3.14 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: Long has volunteered locally on behalf of multiple school fundraisers, as part of a substance abuse awareness campaign and as a youth sports referee and umpire.

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Eye on POY: Oregon football

November, 7, 2011
11/07/11
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The window on the Gatorade State Football Player of the Year race is closing, and time is running out for student-athletes to state their POY case. 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.

Eye on POY: Steven Long
file photo/ESPNHSSteven Long leads Oregon's No. 1 ranked team into the Class 6A state tournament.
Steven Long
Senior running back, Lake Oswego (Ore.)

2011 Team record: 9-0
2011 Team standing: Class 6A first round vs. Reynolds on Nov. 11

2011 Carries-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 177-1,328 (7.5)-22 [through 8 games]

Academics: 3.14 GPA
Collegiate destination: Portland State University (verbal)

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Team ranked No. 1 in the state. Named ESPNHS Regional Player of the Week on Sept. 23 after rushing for 423 yards and seven touchdowns in a 56-46 win over Skyline. 2010 Class 5A state championship game Most Valuable Player.

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