High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Mater Dei

California Baseball POY: Ty Moore

May, 30, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Baseball 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 his 47 fellow Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Ty Moore

THE BASICS

School: Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
Grade: Senior
Position: RHP/1B
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 190 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Moore led the Monarchs to a 24-5 record and a berth in the Division I CIF Southern Section semifinals against Newbury Park (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), scheduled for May 29. At the time of his selection, he had posted a 12-1 record on the mound with a 0.83 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 67.1 innings. A 2011 Louisville Slugger All-American and First Team All-State selection, Moore also batted .412 with 23 RBI, 30 runs scored and 10 stolen bases in 10 attempts.

Academic excellence: Moore has maintained a 3.77 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church community, he has volunteered locally at an area food bank and homeless shelter and on behalf multiple community service initiatives in association with the National Honor Society.

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California Girls Hoop POY: Nirra Fields

March, 8, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Girls 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 her 50 fellow Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year winners, click here.

Gatorade POY, girls, Nirra Fields, Mater Dei, California
HoopGurlz/ESPNHSMater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) senior guard Nirra Fields is a member of Canada's U19 Women's National Team.
THE WINNER: Nirra Fields

THE BASICS

School: Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Guard
Height: 5-foot-10

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Fields led the Monarchs to a 30-3 record, the Southern Section Division I-AA championship and a berth in the state tournament against Burbank (Calif.), played Wednesday. She averaged 22.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.5 steals and 2.4 assists through 33 games. A member of Canada’s U19 Women’s National Team, Fields is both a McDonald’s All-American Game and a Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-America Game selectee.

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The window on the Gatorade State Girls Basketball 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.

Nirra Fields
Senior Guard, Mater Dei High (Santa Ana, CA)

2011-12 Team record: 29-3
2011-12 Team standing: Plays Brea Olinda in Southern Section Div. 1AA final, 3/2; Ranked No. 10 in ESPNHS Fab 50

2011-12 Points per game: 21.4
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 7.2
2011-12 Assists per game: 2.2
2011-12 Steals per game: 4.0

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: UCLA

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Ranked No. 11 senior by ESPNHS; McDonald's and WBCA All-American; Standout for Canada's U-19 Women's National Team.

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Eye on POY: Indiana girls basketball

February, 29, 2012
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The window on the Gatorade State Girls Basketball 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.

Stephanie Mavunga
Junior forward, Brownsburg (Ind.)

2011-12 Team record: 18-3
2011-12 Team standing: Lost in Class 4A Ben Davis Sectional first round

2011-12 Points per game: 21.6
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 12.4
2011-12 Assists per game: 1.5
2011-12 Blocks per game: 5.1
2011-12 Steals per game: 2.4

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: HS junior

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Averaged 10.6 points and 6.4 rebounds to help lead United States to gold medal at FIBA Americas U16 Championships; HoopGurlz No. 15-rated prospect in Class of 2013; 2011 Third Team All-State

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Eye on POY: Indiana boys soccer

February, 16, 2012
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The fall soccer season may have concluded, but the search for Gatorade State Boys Soccer Players of the Year 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.

Femi Hollinger-Janzen
Senior midfielder, Bethany Christian (Goshen, Ind.)

2011 Team record: 18-4-1 (Class 1A)
2011 Team standing: Lost Class 1A state semifinals

2011 Goals: 29
2011 Assists: 8
2011 Points per game: 1.61
Career goals: 67
Career assists: 23

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Indiana University

How he’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Totaled nine goals and two assists in six postseason matches. 2011 Indiana Soccer Coaches Association State Player of the Year. Netted the game-winning goal in 12 of Bethany Christian's 18 wins. Had a direct hand in 37 of the Bruins' 86 goals (43.0 percent). Scored the winning goal for the West team in December's High School All-American Game in Birmingham, Ala. 2011 NSCAA State Player of the Year. 2011 NSCAA All-American. Two-time Northern Indiana Soccer Conference Player of the Year.

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