High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Mariel Schlaefer

Eye on POY: Connecticut softball

May, 24, 2012
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.

Brooke Phelan
Senior shortstop, Foran (Milford, Conn.)

2012 Team record: 19-1 (Class L)
2012 Team standing: Class L state tournament begins Saturday

2012 Batting average: .446
2012 RBI: 12
2012 Runs: 26

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Quinnipiac University

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Producing a .581 slugging percentage and .481 on-base percentage. Has stolen 22 bases in her first 20 games. 2011 Class L state champion. 2011 All-Southern Connecticut Conference selection.

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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 Volleyball Player of the Year conversation at some point. Here they are …

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