High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Merrimack

New Hampshire Boys Hoop POY: Tyler Gendron

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.

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THE WINNER: Tyler Gendron

THE BASICS

School: Merrimack (N.H.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Forward
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 195 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Gendron led the Tomahawks to a 19-6 record and the Division I state title this past season. He averaged 15 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three blocks per game. Also the state’s 2012 Mr. Basketball as named by the New Hampshire Basketball Coaches Organization, Gendron scored 10 points with nine rebounds in the state title-clinching win over Central (Manchester, N.H.).

Academic excellence: Gendron has maintained a 4.03 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of the youth-empowerment Leo Club, as a math tutor and youth basketball coach.

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Eye on POY: New Hampshire boys basketball

March, 19, 2012
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The window on the Gatorade State Boys 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.

Tyler Gendron
Senior forward, Merrimack (N.H.)

2011-12 Team record: 18-6 (Division I)
2011-12 Team standing: Division I state champions

2011-12 Points per game: 15
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 9
2011-12 Assists per game: 3
2011-12 Blocks per game: 3
2011-12 Steals per game: 1

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2012 New Hampshire Mr. Basketball. 2012 First Team All-State selection. 2011 and 2012 All-Academic Team member.

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Eye on POY: New Hampshire volleyball

December, 8, 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.

Kelsey Berry
Senior outside hitter, Hollis-Brookline (Hollis, N.H.)

2011 Team record: 20-2
2011 Team standing: Won Division I state title

2011 Kills: 224
2011 Blocks: 4
2011 Digs: 220
2011 Aces: 73
2011 Assists: 21

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Division I First Team All-State selection. 17 kills, 15 digs in state championship match.

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