High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Milford

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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Massachusetts Softball POY: Shannon Smith

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: Shannon Smith

THE BASICS

School: Milford (Mass.)
Grade: Junior
Position: RHP/1B
Height: 5-foot-8

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Smith led the Scarlet Hawks to a 20-0 record entering the Division I Central Division quarterfinals, scheduled for June 4. The state’s returning Gatorade Softball Player of the Year, she owned a 19-0 record with a 0.11 ERA and 286 strikeouts against just 19 walks in 130 innings pitched through 20 games. Also a first baseman, Smith batted .460 with seven home runs and 33 RBI, producing a .905 slugging percentage and .579 on-base percentage.

Academic excellence: Smith has maintained a 3.60 GPA in the classroom and serves as her school’s junior class secretary.

Exemplary character: In addition to donating her time as a youth softball instructor, she has volunteered on behalf of her church’s youth group and the Special Olympics.

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Eye on POY: Massachusetts softball

June, 1, 2012
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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.

Meghan Rico
Senior right-handed pitcher, King Philip (Wrentham, Mass.)

2012 Team record: 18-2 (Division 1)
2012 Team standing: Division 1 South first round vs. Wachusett on Monday

2012 Batting average: .350
2012 RBI: 8
2012 Runs: 8

2012 W-L record: 14-2
2012 ERA: 0.63
2012 Strikeouts: 209

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: George Washington University

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Recorded 1.9 strikeouts per inning in the regular season. 2011 Miss Softball as named by ESPN Boston. 2011 Boston Globe All-Scholastic Division I Player of the Year (Eastern Mass.). 2011 Hockomock League Most Valuable Player. 2010 and 2011 Division 1 state champion.

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Andrews gets a kick out of Gatorade trophy

May, 24, 2012
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MILFORD, N.H. -- She’s been considered one of America’s elite young soccer talents since her preteen years, but Morgan Andrews put a little space between herself and the rest of the field Thursday when she was named the 2011-12 Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year.

Andrews was surprised with the news in her Milford (N.H.) English class by a hero of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Ali Krieger, who earned Gatorade Virginia Player of the Year honors in 2002-03.

“I can’t believe this is happening,” said Andrews, who turned 17 on March 25. “I owe so much to so many for this. I wouldn’t be here without the love and support of this incredible, amazing community. I’m literally shaking. I just don’t believe it.”

The 5-foot-9 junior midfielder captained the U.S. Soccer Under-17 national team to the CONCACAF Women's Championship in Guatemala earlier this month, playing every minute as the Team USA went 5-0 and outscored opponents 26-0. She will lead the U.S. in its bid to win the FIFA U-17 World Cup title this fall in Azerbaijan (Sept. 22-Oct. 13) and will likely miss much of her senior year of prep competition.

Andrews scored 31 goals and passed for six assists at forward this past high school season, leading the Spartans (11-6-1) to the Division II state quarterfinals.

“We got her good on the surprise,” said Krieger, who played every minute for the U.S. women’s national team in the 2011 FIFA World Cup, scoring the decisive penalty kick in a quarterfinal win over Brazil. “It’s such an honor to share this with Morgan and to welcome her to the Gatorade Player of the Year family. It was such a validation for me just to win state player of the year in high school and it drove me to reach higher. I’m confident this will do the same for her.”

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New Hampshire Girls Soccer POY: Morgan Andrews

February, 9, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed this past fall's Gatorade State Girls Soccer 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 21 fellow Gatorade State Fall Girls Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Morgan Andrews

THE BASICS

School: Milford (N.H.)
Grade: Junior
Position: Forward
Height: 5-foot-9

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Andrews scored 31 goals and passed for six assists this past season, leading the Spartans (11-6-1) to the Division II state quarterfinals. The returning Gatorade New Hampshire Girls Soccer Player of the Year, she is captain of the U.S. Soccer Under-17 Women’s National Team and is a member of the Under-23 National Team. The 2011 National Soccer Coaches Association of America National Girls Youth Player of the Year for club play and a two-time NSCAA All-American selection, Andrews has 83 goals and 35 assists in three varsity campaigns.

Academic excellence: Andrews has maintained a 3.03 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally as a youth soccer coach and mentor, and she founded a local “Kicks for Cans” charity program that involves coaches and players donating their time in exchange for canned goods that are brought to area food banks.

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Eye on POY: New Hampshire girls soccer

February, 6, 2012
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The fall soccer season may have concluded, but the search for Gatorade State Girls 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. These athletes made a case in their respective conferences, but did they do enough on and off the field this past season to capture the prestigious statewide honor?

Morgan Andrews
Junior forward, Milford (N.H.)

2011 Team record: 11-6-1 (Division II)
2011 Team standing: Lost Division II state quarterfinals

2011 Goals: 31
2011 Assists: 6
2011 Points per game: 3.36

Collegiate destination: Boston College

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Has totaled 83 career goals and 35 career assists. 2010-11 Gatorade New Hampshire Girls Soccer Player of the Year. 2011 U.S. Soccer Under-17 Women’s National Team captain. 2011 U.S. Soccer Under-23 Women’s National Team member. 2011 NSCAA National Youth Player of the Year. Two-time NSCAA All-American. No. 1 ranked recruit in Class of 2013 as rated by ESPNHS.

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New Hampshire GXC ROY: Courtney Hawkins

January, 12, 2012
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Gatorade POY, Courtney Hawkins, New Hampshire, Milford
Courtesy of Hawkins familyNew Hampshire's Courtney Hawkins raced to the Meet of Champions individual title this past season.
A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Girls Cross Country Runner 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.

THE WINNER: Courtney Hawkins

THE BASICS

School: Milford (N.H.)
Grade: Junior
Height: 5-foot-1

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Hawkins raced to the Meet of Champions individual state championship this past season with a time of 18:34.1. The Runner of the Year as named by the Nashua Telegraph, she placed 13th at the New England Cross Country Championships in 18:52 in addition to finishing 30th at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional championships in 19:35.8. Hawkins captured first place at the Manchester Invitational large school race. She finished 21st at the 2010 Meet of Champions as a sophomore.

Academic excellence: Hawkins has maintained a 3.71 GPA in the classroom.

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POY Potential: Mass. All-State volleyball

October, 24, 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 Volleyball Player of the Year conversation at some point. Here they are:

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Return of the POY: N.H.'s Morgan Andrews

October, 11, 2011
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The 2011-12 Gatorade State Girls Soccer 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: Morgan Andrews

Position: Forward

Grade: Junior

School: Milford (N.H.)

College: Boston College (verbal)

Height: 5-foot-9

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade New Hampshire Girls Soccer Player of the Year ... led the Spartans (10-7) to the 2010 Division II state tournament ... 2010 U.S. Soccer Under-17 National Team player pool member ... 2010 U.S. Soccer Under-15 National Team captain ... 2010 NSCAA Youth All-American ... Division II leading scorer

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