High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Lakeville North

Eye on POY: Minnesota volleyball

December, 4, 2011
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The window on the Gatorade State Volleyball 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.

Sarah Wilhite
file photoSarah Wilhite is a top candidate for Gatorade Minnesota Volleyball Player of the Year
Sarah Wilhite
Junior outside hitter, Eden Prairie (MN)

2011 Team record: 27-6
2011 Team standing: Won Class AA state title

2011 Kills: 636
2011 Blocks: 60
2011 Digs: 278
2011 Aces: 33

Academics:
A average
Collegiate destination: Wisconsin (verbally committed)

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 First Team All-Conference; 2009-2011 First Team All-Conference

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Eye on POY: Minnesota football

November, 16, 2011
11/16/11
5:08
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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.

Philip Nelson
file photo/ESPNHSPhilip Nelson is a top candidate for Gatorade Minnesota Football Player of the Year
Philip Nelson
Senior quarterback, Mankato West (Mankato, Minn.)

2011 Team record: 11-0
2011 Team standing: Will play in Class 4A quarterfinals vs. Bemidji on Friday

2011 COMP-ATT (%)-YDs: 135-196 (68.8)- 2,252
2011 TDs-INTs: 33-2

2011 Carries-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 118-1,060 (8.9)- 19

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: Minnesota (verbal commitment)

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2009-2011 First Team All-Conference selection; 2010 Conference Player of the Year; 2010 Second Team All-State

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