High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Legacy

Gatorade Female Athlete of the Year nominees

July, 9, 2012
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A dozen exceptional student-athletes -- already honored as National Player of the Year in their respective sports -- are contenders for the 10th annual Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year Award. On Tuesday in Los Angeles, one boy and one girl will be named prep sports’ Male and Female Athletes of the Year (ESPN3, 9:40 p.m. EDT), and both will be recognized at the ESPYS the following evening.

And the female nominees are (click here for the male nominees):

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Texas sweeps national track AOY honors

June, 27, 2012
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Abraham HallSusan Goldman/GatoradeDallas Cowboys legend Emmitt Smith stuns South Grand Prairie (Texas) senior Abraham Hall with the Gatorade National Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year trophy.
As the first running back in prep history to rush for 100 yards in 45 games and the second to reach 8,000 career yards, Emmitt Smith is no stranger to extraordinary achievement as a high school athlete. In many ways, the Florida native, Texas icon and former national Gatorade Player of the Year was the perfect pick to surprise South Grand Prairie (Texas) senior Abraham Hall and Legacy (Mansfield, Texas) senior Shelbi Vaughan with 2011-12 Gatorade National Track and Field Athlete of the Year honors.

Gatorade made the announcement Wednesday afternoon at the Omni Hotel in Fort Worth with Smith posing as a celebrity reporter conducting a mock television interview with the teens before breaking the news.

“It's nice to know there are kids today who understand the significance of their role in their schools and communities," said Smith, the NFL leader in career rushing yards with 18,355, who won the 1986-87 Gatorade National Football Player of the Year trophy as a high school senior. "They're willing to make the sacrifice to be one of the best athletes in the country, and to be able to recognize them for that is a wonderful thing. They're humble, classy kids who have been given a tremendous opportunity, and I know they'll do their best to make the most of that opportunity."

Hall, a 5-foot-11 senior, won the 100-meter dash with a personal-best time of 10.19 seconds and the 200-meter dash in a personal-best 20.58 at the Class 5A state championships, leading the Warriors to a fourth-place finish as a team. The 100-meter clocking ranks No. 8 in prep history while the 200 time ranks No. 18 in history. Only seven boys in high school history rank in the top 10 of one event and the top 20 of the other.

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Texas Girls Track AOY: Shelbi Vaughan

June, 20, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2012 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For her 50 fellow Gatorade State Girls Track & Field Athletes of the Year winners, click here.


THE WINNER: Shelbi Vaughan

THE BASICS

School: Legacy (Mansfield, Texas)
Grade: Senior
Event(s): Throws
Height: 6-foot-2

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Vaughan launched the discus 198 feet, 9 inches at this month’s USA Track and Field Junior Outdoor Championships, setting the national high school and junior records in the event. She won the discus at the Class 5A state championships with a throw of 187 feet, 10 inches, and also took first by launching the shot put 50 feet, 1.25 inches.

Academic excellence: Vaughan has maintained a B-plus average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally feeding the homeless and assisting physically challenged students in her school.

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Colorado Softball POY: Rainey Gaffin

June, 6, 2012
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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: Rainey Gaffin

THE BASICS

School: Legacy (Broomfield, Colo.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Right-handed pitcher
Height: 5-foot-10

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Gaffin led the Lightning (24-2) to their fifth consecutive Class 5A state championship this past season. She posted a 22-2 record with a 1.74 ERA in the circle, while batting .591 with 15 home runs and 48 RBI. Gaffin was MVP of the Class 5A state tournament, a First Team All-State selection and the Denver Post All-Colorado Player of the Year.

Academic excellence: Gaffin has maintained a 3.37 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: She has helped created a reading program for local elementary school students and has volunteered delivering food to area needy.

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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.

Haley Hutton
Junior Shortstop, Valley High (Gilcrest, CO)

2012 Team record: 24-1
2012 Team standing: Won Class 3A state title

2012 Batting average: .584
2012 RBI: 43
2012 Runs: 55

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Colorado State (verbal)

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Denver Post All-Colorado Team; First Team All-State; MVP of Class 3A state tournament.

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POY Potential: Colorado All-State softball

October, 19, 2011
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The Gatorade Player of the Year Program honors athletes who meet comprehensive and exacting criteria in high school sports. Candidates are judged on athletic production and impact in the current season. Contenders also must demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Senior status has no bearing on a candidate’s merit and selections are made independent of ESPNHS recruit rankings.

That being said, the state’s returning First Team All-State selections are sure to enter the 2011-12 Gatorade State Softball Player of the Year conversation at some point. Here they are …
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A dedicated POY team at ESPNHS manages the Gatorade Player of the Year program selection process and oversees all research, reporting, comparative analysis and criteria-compliance on the award program’s behalf.

Return of the POY: Colo.'s Rainey Gaffin

October, 5, 2011
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The 2011-12 Gatorade State Softball Players of the Year selection process is underway, and what better way to kick off coverage than with profiles of returning underclassmen winners? Repeating is no guarantee, but here's a snapshot of what this year’s challengers can shoot for …

Name: Rainey Gaffin

Position: Right-handed pitcher

Grade: Senior

School: Legacy (Broomfield, Colo.)

College: University of Tennessee (verbal)

Height: 5-foot-10

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Colorado Softball Player of the Year ... 2011 Colorado Sportswoman of the Year ... 2010 Class 5A state champion ... 2010 Class 5A state tournament Most Valuable Player ... 2010 All-Colorado Player of the Year as named by the Denver Post ... 2010 First Team All-State selection

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POY Potential: Top 5 Nev. Football Recruits

October, 3, 2011
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The Gatorade Player of the Year Program honors athletes who meet comprehensive and exacting criteria in high school sports. Candidates are judged on athletic production and impact in the current season. Contenders also must demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Senior status has no bearing on a candidate’s merit and selections are made independent of ESPNU's recruit rankings.

That being said, the state’s top five football recruits as ranked by ESPNU are sure to enter the 2011-12 Gatorade Football Player of the Year conversation at some point. Here they are …

Ronnie Stanley
file photo/ESPNHSRonnie Stanley is Nevada's No. 1 senior recruit.
1. Bishop Gorman High (Las Vegas, Nev.) offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley

  • Height: 6-foot-6
  • Weight: 285 pounds
  • College: Undecided
  • Traits: Run blocking, strength, physicality
  • ESPNU scouting report: "Stanley uses his excellent size and upper body playing strength to dominate lesser opponents when run blocking. Has the big frame and athleticism for the offensive tackle position at the major level of competition. His frame appears capable of adding solid body mass over time."

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