High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Nevada

Nevada Boys Track AOY: Nick Hartle

June, 21, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Boys 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 his 50 fellow Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athletes of the Year winners, click here.


THE WINNER: Nick Hartle

THE BASICS

School: Centennial (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Grade: Senior
Event(s): Sprints/middle-distance/distance
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 140 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: A two-time Gatorade Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year and the returning Gatorade Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year, Hartle won four individual state championships this spring and led the Bulldogs to a Class 4A state championship. Over two days, he won the 400-meter dash with a time of 47.79 seconds, the 800 meters in 1:52.53, the 1,600 in 4:18.03 and the 3,200 in 9:28.27. Hartle set a state record in the 800 at the Great Southwest Classic with a time of 1:49.48, which ranked No. 6 nationally among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of his selection. He also owns the state records in the 1,600 (4:10.23) and as a member of Centennial’s 4x800-meter relay and distance medley relay teams.

Academic excellence: Hartle has maintained a 3.98 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of a charity thrift store and the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and as a youth track coach.

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Nevada Girls Track AOY: Gabby Williams

June, 20, 2012
6/20/12
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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: Gabby Williams

THE BASICS

School: Reed (Sparks, Nev.)
Grade: Sophomore
Event(s): Hurdles/jumps
Height: 5-foot-9

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: The returning Gatorade Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year, Williams won three individual state championships this spring and led the Raiders to a third-place finish as a team. She won the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 14.11 seconds, the 300-meter hurdles in 42.86 and the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 11 inches. Williams cleared 6-1.5 in the high jump at the Northern Regional meet which ranked as the No. 1 performance among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of her selection.

Academic excellence: Williams has maintained a weighted 3.59 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally providing Christmas gifts to disadvantaged children and as a youth basketball coach and instructor.

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Nevada Softball POY: Heather Bowen

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: Heather Bowen

THE BASICS

School: Centennial (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Grade: Sophomore
Position: Shortstop
Height: 5-foot-10

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Bowen led the Bulldogs (34-8) to the Class 4A state championship this past season. She batted .480 with 60 runs scored, 54 RBI and a school-record 16 home runs. Bowen is a First Team All-State selection and the Las Vegas Review-Journal Class 4A Player of the Year.

Academic excellence: Bowen has maintained a 3.81 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally feeding the homeless and as a youth softball instructor.

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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.

Heather Bowen
Sophomore Shortstop, Centennial High (Las Vegas, NV)

2012 Team record: 34-8
2012 Team standing: Won Class 4A state title

2012 Batting average: .480
2012 RBI: 54
2012 Runs: 60

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Utah (verbal)

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Hit school-record 16 HR; Las Vegas Review-Journal Class 4A Player of the Year; Went 6-for-7 with three doubles on final day of state tournament; First Team All-State.

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Nevada Baseball POY: Joey Gallo

May, 30, 2012
5/30/12
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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: Joey Gallo

THE BASICS

School: Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Grade: Senior
Position: 3B/RHP
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 215 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Gallo led the Gaels (40-3) to their seventh consecutive Class 4A state championship this past season. He batted .509 with 21 home runs, 80 RBI and 66 runs scored, posting a 1.167 slugging percentage. The No. 5 ranked prospect in the Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNHS, he also produced a 1.85 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 11.1 innings pitched, including a complete-game no-hitter over top-ranked Gloucester Catholic (Gloucester City, N.J.) in mid-April.

Academic excellence: Gallo has maintained a B average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of Matthew’s Closet, an area non-profit organization that provides clothing for needy families and as a youth baseball coach for physically challenged children.

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Nevada Girls Soccer POY: Haley Wingender

May, 23, 2012
5/23/12
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed this spring's Gatorade Girls Soccer Player 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 27 fellow Gatorade State Spring Girls Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.
For the 22 Gatorade State Fall Girls Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Haley Wingender

THE BASICS

School: Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Forward
Height: 5-foot-7

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Wingender led the Gaels to a 17-3-2 record and the Class 4A state title this past season. She scored 33 goals and passed for 20 assists, including two goals and an assist in Gorman’s 4-0 win over Green Valley (Henderson, Nev.) in the state championship match. A three-time First Team All-Sunset Region selection and the 2011 Southwest League Player of the Year, Wingender was a three-time Class 4A First Team All-Southern Nevada honoree. She concluded her prep soccer career with 93 goals and 51 assists.

Academic excellence: Wingender has maintained a 3.32 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of her school’s chess club, she has volunteered locally on behalf of a beautification project at the St. Therese Center and as part of a project to remodel the Trendz Youth Center in addition to donating her time with the Special Olympics.

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Eye on POY: Nevada girls soccer

May, 18, 2012
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The window on the Gatorade State Girls Soccer 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.

Kaitlyn Fahrner
Junior goalkeeper, Coronado (Henderson, Nev.)

2012 Team record: 14-2-4 (Class 4A)
2012 Team standing: Lost Class 4A Sunrise Region championship game

2012 Goals allowed: 9
2012 Shutouts: 9
Career shutouts: 35

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: University of Oklahoma (verbal)

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Allowed just 0.6 goals per game this season. U.S. Youth Soccer Region IV Olympic Development Program team member. 2012 Southeast League Player of the Year. Two-time First Team All-Southern Nevada honoree.

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Eye on POY: Nevada Baseball

May, 14, 2012
5/14/12
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The window on the Gatorade State Baseball 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.

Joey Gallo
Senior third baseman/RHP, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)

2012 Team record: 37-3
2012 Team standing: Will begin Class 4A state tournament on May 17

2012 Batting average: .519
2012 HR: 20
2012 RBI: 79
2012 Runs: 63

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Louisiana State

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Rated No. 5 in the Class of 2012 by ESPNHS; Went 5-for-5 with four HRs with eight RBIs in a win over Clark (Las Vegas); 2011 Team MVP; 2011 First Team All-State; Helped Bishop Gorman to sixth straight Class 4A state title in 2011

Evan Van Hoosier
Senior second baseman, Green Valley (Henderson)

2012 Team record: 20-16
2012 Team standing: Lost in first round of Class 4A Regional Tournament

2012 Batting average: .567
2012 RBI: 36
2012 Runs: 44

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: UNLV

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-State; 2012 Southeast Player of the Year

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign.

Zach Quintana: Senior RHP/INF, Arbor View (Las Vegas)
A.J. Van Meetren: Senior outfielder, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
Dillon Fahr: Senior outfielder, Coronado (Henderson)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.

Nevada Boys Hoop POY: Shabazz Muhammad

March, 22, 2012
3/22/12
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Shabazz Muhammad, Nevada, boys
Dave Telep/ESPNHSShabazz Muhammad led Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) to the Class 4A state title.
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.

For his 50 fellow Gatorade State Boys Basketball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Shabazz Muhammad

THE BASICS

School: Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Shooting guard
Height: 6-foot-6
Weight: 205 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Muhammad led the Gaels to a 28-4 record and the Class 4A state championship this past season. He averaged 30.2 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game while shooting at 63.1 percent from the floor. A 2012 McDonald’s All-American Game selection and a 2012 Jordan Brand Classic game invitee, Muhammad was named the 2012 Naismith High School Player of the Year and the 2012 Morgan Wooten Player of the Year. He is the No. 2 ranked recruit in the Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU.

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Eye on POY: Nevada Boys Basketball

March, 14, 2012
3/14/12
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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.

Marcus Allen
Junior shooting guard, Centennial (Las Vegas, NV)

2011-12 Team record: 24-4
2011-12 Team standing: Lost in Class 4A regional semifinals

2011-12 Points per game: 20.2
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 5.3
2011-12 Assists per game: 2.8
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.3
2011-12 Steals per game: 3.1

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: HS Junior

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2012 First Team All-Conference; 2012 Conference MVP; 2012 Team Captain

Shabazz Muhammad
Senior shooting guard, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV)

2011-12 Team record: 28-4
2011-12 Team standing: Won Class 4A state title

2011-12 Points per game: 30.2
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 10.4
2011-12 Assists per game: 2.2
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.3
2011-12 Steals per game: 1.2

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2010-11 Gatorade Nevada Boys Basketball Player of the Year; 2012 Naismith High School Player of the Year; 2012 McDonald’s High School All-American Game selection; 2012 Jordan Brand Classic selection;. No. 1 ranked recruit in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU; 2011 Elite 24 invitee; 2010-11 First Team All-American as named by ESPNHS; 2010-11 City of Palms All-Tournament selection; 2009-10 and 2010-11 Class 4A First Team All-State selection; 2009-2012 First Team All-Conference selection;

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Boys Basketball Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign.

Durrell McDonald: Senior guard, Green Valley (Henderson, NV)
Erik Brewer: Senior forward/center, Cimarron Memorial (Las Vegas, NV)
Justin Yamzon: Junior guard, Lake Mead (Henderson, NV)
Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.

Nevada Girls Hoop POY: Jada Brown

March, 8, 2012
3/08/12
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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.

THE WINNER: Jada Brown

THE BASICS

School: Centennial (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Grade: Junior
Position: Forward
Height: 6-foot

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Brown averaged 13.5 points, nine rebounds and 1.5 assists this past season, leading the Bulldogs (29-3) to the Class 4A semifinals. The 2012 Northwest League MVP, she was a 2011 First Team All-State selection and the 2011 and 2012 Las Vegas Holiday Classic MVP.

Academic excellence: Brown has maintained a 3.82 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics, the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation and multiple fundraising campaigns to benefit cancer research.

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Eye on POY: Nevada Girls Basketball

March, 5, 2012
3/05/12
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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.

Jada Brown
Junior forward, Centennial (Las Vegas, NV)

2011-12 Team record: 29-3
2011-12 Team standing: Lost in Class 4A semifinals

2011-12 Points per game: 13.5
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 9
2011-12 Assists per game: 1.5
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.5
2011-12 Steals per game: 0.3

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: HS Junior

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2012 Northwest League MVP; 2011 and 2012 Las Vegas Holiday Classic MVP; 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 First Team All-Conference

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Nevada Boys Soccer POY: Ruben Duran

February, 22, 2012
2/22/12
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed this past fall's Gatorade Boys 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 his 29 fellow Gatorade State Fall Boys Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Ruben Duran

THE BASICS

School: Eldorado (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5-foot-10

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Duran scored 30 goals and passed for 23 assists this past season, leading the Sun Devils (17-1-1) to the Class 4A state semifinals. The 2011 Las Vegas Review Journal Boys Soccer Player of the Year, he was also the 2011 Northeast League MVP. Duran spent his junior year with the U.S. Soccer Under-17 Men’s National Team Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla., and concluded his prep soccer career with 42 goals and 31 assists.

Academic excellence: Duran has maintained a weighted 4.25 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally as a youth soccer coach and on behalf of his church in addition to serving as a charitable fundraiser to help send fellow soccer players to camps and clinics.

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Eye on POY: Nevada boys soccer

February, 15, 2012
2/15/12
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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.

Mike Tonetti
Senior forward, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.)

2011 Team record: 18-2-1 (Class 4A)
2011 Team standing: Lost Sunset Region semifinals

2011 Goals: 23
2011 Assists: 12
2011 Points per game: 1.84
Career goals: 42
Career assists: 25

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Occidental College

How he’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Recorded a goal and assist in two Sunset Region tournament games. Netted one hat trick and six two-goal games. Scored a point in all but two games. Had a direct hand in 35 of his team's 99 goals (35.4 percent). 2011 First Team All-State selection. 2011 Las Vegas Review First Team selection.

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Return of the POY: Nevada's Shabazz Muhammad

January, 31, 2012
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Return of the POY, Shabazz Muhammad, Nevada, Bishop Gorman
J. Anthony Roberts/ESPNHSShabazz Muhammad is the returning Gatorade Nevada Boys Basketball Player of the Year.
The 2011-12 Gatorade State Boys Basketball 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: Shabazz Muhammad
School: Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.)

Grade: Senior
Position: Guard/forward

Height: 6-foot-6
Weight: 205 pounds

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Nevada Boys Basketball Player of the Year. No. 1 ranked recruit in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU. 2011 Elite 24 invitee. Led the Gaels (25-6) to the 2011 Class 4A state semifinals. 2010-11 First Team All-American as named by ESPNHS. 2010-11 City of Palms All-Tournament selection. 2009-10 and 2010-11 Class 4A First Team All-State selection. Three-time First Team All-Conference selection.
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