High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: New Hampshire

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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New Hampshire Boys Track AOY: Romario Bailey

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: Romario Bailey

THE BASICS

School: Stevens (Claremont, N.H.)
Grade: Junior
Event(s): Sprints/hurdles
Height: 5-foot-9
Weight: 155 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Bailey won four individual state championships this spring and led the Cardinals to a second-place finish as a team at the Division III state meet. He won the 100-meter dash in 11.29 seconds, the 200-meter dash in 23.02, the 110-meter hurdles in 15.19 and the 300-meter hurdles in 39.82. Bailey went on to win the 300 hurdles (39.80) at the state Meet of Champions, then placed third in the 200 (22.23) and fourth in the 300 hurdles (39.83) at the New England Outdoor Championships.

Academic excellence: Bailey has maintained a 3.05 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally at an area food bank and at middle school track meets, and he was selected to the National Technical Honor Society based on his work in Project Lead the Way, a pre-engineering technical course.

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New Hampshire Girls Track AOY: Hillary Holmes

June, 20, 2012
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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: Hillary Holmes

THE BASICS

School: Exeter (N.H.)
Grade: Senior
Event(s): Jumps/hurdles
Height: 5-foot-6

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Holmes won three individual state championships at the Division I meet and the Meet of Champions this spring. At the Division I state meet, she won the long jump with a leap of 18 feet, 3.75 inches and the triple jump with a leap of 38-2 and led the Blue Hawks to the state title. Holmes also won the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 44.81 seconds and placed second in the 100-meter hurdles in 14.94. She concluded her prep track career with seven state titles and the state record in the indoor long jump (18-6.25).

Academic excellence: Holmes has maintained a 3.84 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: Selected to attend a state leadership convention for high school athletes, she has volunteered locally as part of fundraising campaigns to benefit the Special Olympics and food pantries and as a youth basketball instructor.

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Eye on POY: New Hampshire Softball

June, 4, 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.

Taylor Carbone
Senior RHP/first baseman, Alvirne (Hudson)

2012 Team record: 16-4
2012 Team standing: Will play in Division I semifinals on June 5

2012 W-L record: 13-2
2012 ERA:1.02
2012 Strikeouts: 131
2012 Innings pitched: 96

2012 Batting average: .581
2012 RBI: 28
2012 Runs: 24

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: UMass Amherst

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2010-2011 Gatorade New Hampshire Softball Player of the Year; 2009-2012 Team MVP; 2009 and 2011 Nashua Telegraph Player of the Year; 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State;

Nicole Gubellini
Senior RHP/first baseman, Salem (NH)

2012 Team record: 19-0
2012 Team standing: Will play in Division I semifinals on June 5
2012 W-L record: 13-0
2012 ERA: 0.61
2012 Strikeouts: 133
2012 Innings: 98

2012 Batting average: .493
2012 RBI: 24
2012 OBP: .545

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Quinnipiac

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 Lawrence Eagle Tribune All-Area Team;

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Softball 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.

Jacklyn Dubois: Senior catcher, Bishop Guertin (Nashua)
Lindsey Bolduc: Senior outfielder, Londonderry (NH)
Britney Bernard: Senior RHP, Pinkerton Academy (Derry)

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.

New Hampshire Baseball POY: Jordan Bean

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: Jordan Bean

THE BASICS

School: St. Thomas Aquinas (Dover, N.H.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Right-handed pitcher
Height: 5-foot-9
Weight: 175 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Bean led the Saints to a 15-1 record entering the Division 2 state tournament, scheduled to begin Thursday. Through 16 games, he owned a 5-0 record and a 1.29 ERA on the mound along with a .463 batting average with 14 RBI at the plate. Bean is a three-time All-State selection.

Academic excellence: Bean has maintained a 4.30 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A peer tutor in his school, he has volunteered locally on behalf of food drives to benefit the needy, youth baseball programs and in association with his church’s vacation Bible school.

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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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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.

Jordan Bean
Senior Pitcher/Shortstop, St. Thomas Aquinas High (Dover, NH)

2012 Team record: 12-0
2012 Team standing: First place in Div. 2

2012 Batting average: .469
2012 RBI: 12
2012 Runs: 13

2012 W-L record: 4-0
2012 ERA: 1.68
2012 Strikeouts: 45

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Tufts

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Helped end Portsmouth's national-record 89-game winning streak; Three-time All-State selection.

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Return of the POY: New Hampshire's Taylor Carbone

May, 4, 2012
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The Gatorade State Softball Players of the Year selection process is in full swing, 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: Taylor Carbone
School: Alvirne (Hudson, N.H.)

Grade: Senior
Position: RHP/1B

2011 W-L: 18-3
2011 IP: 139
2011 ERA: 132
2011 K: 205-27

2011 BA: .522
2011 HR: 3
2011 RBI: 26

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade New Hampshire Softball Player of the Year. Led the Broncos (20-3) to the 2011 Division I state championship. Owned a .794 slugging percentage as a junior. Three-time First Team All-State selection. Three-time Nashua Telegraph Player of the Year. Three-time Nashua Telegraph and Lowell Sun First Team All-Star.

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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.

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

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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New Hampshire Girls Hoop POY: Kirsten O’Neil

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: Kirsten O’Neil

THE BASICS

School: Winnacunnet (N.H.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Point guard
Height: 5-foot-7

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: O'Neil has led the Warriors to a 21-1 record and a berth in the Division I state semifinals against Londonderry (N.H.), played Wednesday. She averaged 15.6 points, 10.2 assists, 4.0 steals, 3.0 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game entering the state final four as Winnacunnet chases its sixth straight state title. The Warriors own a 70-1 record with the 2011 Division I Second Team All-State selection and three-year starter in the lineup.

Academic excellence: O’Neil has maintained a 3.02 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A two-time Division I First Team All-State forward on the Winnacunnet girls soccer team, she has volunteered locally as a youth basketball and youth soccer instructor and as a peer leader for Winnacunnet High freshmen.

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Eye on POY: New Hampshire girls basketball

March, 5, 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.

Meghan Green
Junior center, Bishop Guertin (Nashua, N.H.)

2011-12 Team record: 23-1
2011-12 Team standing: Play Manchester Memorial in Division I semifinals March 7

2011-12 Points per game: 18.9
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 13.5
2011-12 Assists per game: 1.5
2011-12 Blocks per game: 2.2
2011-12 Steals per game: 2.5

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: H.S. junior

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 37 points, 27 rebounds in 73-66 win to end Winnacunnet's 84-game win streak; 2011 Division I Second Team All-State.

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New Hampshire Boys Soccer POY: Brian Hart

February, 22, 2012
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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: Brian Hart

THE BASICS

School: Phillips Exeter Academy (Exeter, N.H.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Forward
Height: 6-foot-2

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Hart scored 35 goals and passed for 13 assists this past season to lead the Big Red (18-2) to the New England Prep School Athletic Council semifinals. A Boston Globe All-Scholastic and the NEPSAC Class A MVP, he broke the school’s single-season and career records for goals scored.

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

Exemplary character: Also a hockey standout, he has volunteered locally on behalf of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and a youth skating program.

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Eye on POY: New Hampshire 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.

Andrew Chaput
Senior Defender/Midfielder, Manchester Central High (Manchester, NH)

2011 Team record: 18-0-1
2011 Team standing: Won Div. I state title

2011 Goals: 2
2011 Assists: 10
2011 Points per game: 0.63
Career goals: 10
Career assists: 35

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: New Hampshire

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: First Team All-State; Captain of state championship team; Reached 2010 state title game.

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New Hampshire Girls Soccer POY: Morgan Andrews

February, 9, 2012
2/09/12
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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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