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

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 York Boys Track AOY: Nick Ryan

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 Ryan

THE BASICS

School: Fayetteville-Manlius (Manlius, N.Y.)
Grade: Junior
Event(s): Distance
Height: 6-foot

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Ryan won the 1,600-meter run with a meet-record time of 4:05.24 and captured the 3,200-meter run in 9:03.81 at the New York state championship meet this spring. His winning trip in the 1,600 is ranked as the nation’s No. 2 time among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of his selection. He is also the state’s reigning Gatorade Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year.

Academic excellence: Ryan has maintained a B-plus average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of a homeless shelter and a youth arts program.

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New York Girls Track AOY: Mary Cain

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: Mary Cain

THE BASICS

School: Bronxville (N.Y.)
Grade: Sophomore
Event(s): Distance/middle-distance
Height: 5-foot-4

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Cain captured the state championship in the 1,500-meter run this spring with a time of 4:19.78. She also clocked the second-fastest time in U.S. prep history (4:14.74) while winning the 1,500 at this month’s USA Track and Field Junior Outdoor Championships, and finished first in the mile at the Penn Relays in 4:39.28, which ranked as the nation’s No. 1 time among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of her selection. Her season-best time of 2:03.34 in the 800-meter run ranked as the second-fastest time in the nation this spring.

Academic excellence: Cain has maintained a 4.10 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf the Westchester Shore Humane Society and youth track programs.

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New York Softball POY: Kristen Brown

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: Kristen Brown

THE BASICS

School: MacArthur (Levittown, N.Y.)
Grade: Senior
Position: SS/RHP
Height: 5-foot-9

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Brown led the Generals to a 20-4 record entering the Class AA Long Island Championship Game against East Islip, scheduled for June 5. She owned a .564 batting average with 14 home runs and 42 RBI at the plate, and an 8-3 record with a 2.27 ERA in the circle through 24 games. Brown is a two-time First Team All-Long Island selection and was a Second Team All-State honoree as a junior.

Academic excellence: Brown has maintained an A-minus average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: Also a volleyball standout, she has raised funds for breast cancer research and volunteered locally collecting Christmas gifts for needy children.

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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.

Kristen Brown
Senior Shortstop/Pitcher, MacArthur High (Levittown, NY)

2012 Team record: 20-4
2012 Team standing: Plays East Islip in Long Island Championship Game, June 5

2012 Batting average: .564
2012 RBI: 42
2012 Home Runs: 13

2012 W-L record: 8-3
2012 ERA: 2.27
2012 Strikeouts: 98

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: North Carolina

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Nassau County Player of the Year; Second Team All-State; 1.231 slugging percentage.

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New York Baseball POY: Alex Robinson

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: Alex Robinson

THE BASICS

School: Holy Trinity (Hicksville, N.Y.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Left-handed pitcher
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 225 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Robinson led the Titans to a 15-8 record and the Nassau-Suffolk Catholic High School Athletic Association championship series against St. John the Baptist Diocesan (West Islip, N.Y.), scheduled for May 29. Through 23 games, he owned a 7-0 record on the mound with a 0.41 ERA, recording 109 strikeouts and allowing just 14 hits in 51 innings pitched. An All-Long Island selection, Robinson was also the CHSAA Pitcher of the Year.

Academic excellence: Robinson has maintained a B-plus average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A math and science tutor for grade school students, he has volunteered locally on behalf of youth baseball programs.

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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.

Alex Robinson
Senior Pitcher, Holy Trinity High (Hicksville, NY)

2012 Team record: 13-7
2012 Team standing: Second in CHSAA

2012 W-L record: 5-0
2012 ERA: 0.57
2012 Strikeouts: 86

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Maryland

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: CHSAA Pitcher of the Year; All-Long Island; Threw 19-strikeout no-hitter.

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New York Boys Hoop POY: Omar Calhoun

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.

Gatorade POY, New York, Omar Calhoun, boys, Christ the King
Steve Boyle/ESPNHSOmar Calhoun concluded his Christ the King (Middle Village, N.Y.) career as the school's leading scorer.
THE WINNER: Omar Calhoun

THE BASICS

School: Christ the King
(Middle Village, N.Y.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Guard
Height: 6-foot-5

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Calhoun averaged 25.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.2 steals this past season, leading the Royals to a 19-8 record. A First Team All-State selection, he is the Catholic High School Athletic Association Player of the Year and finished his prep career as the school record-holder for points scored, with 1,770.

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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.

Omar Calhoun
Senior Guard, Christ the King High (Middle Village, NY)

2011-12 Team record: 19-8
2011-12 Team standing: Lost in CHSAA quarterfinals

2011-12 Points per game: 26.0
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 8.0
2011-12 Assists per game: 3.0
2011-12 Steals per game: 1.2

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Connecticut

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: CHSAA Player of the Year; First Team All-State; Ranked No. 52 Senior by ESPNU; School's career scoring leader.

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New York Girls Hoop POY: Breanna Stewart

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.

Return of the POY, Breanna Stewart, Cicero-North Syracuse, New York
Glenn Nelson/ESPNHSBreanna Stewart is the returning Gatorade New York Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
THE WINNER: Breanna Stewart

THE BASICS

School: Cicero-North Syracuse
(Cicero, N.Y.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Forward
Height: 6-foot-4

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Stewart has led the Northstars to an 18-3 record, the Section 3 Class AA championship and a berth in the Class AA state tournament against Colonie (N.Y.), scheduled for Saturday. The state’s returning Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year, she averaged 25.5 points, 13.2 rebounds, 3.5 blocks, 3.2 assists and 3.2 steals through 21 games. A member of the USA Basketball Women’s U19 National Team which won the 2011 FIBA World Championships, Stewart has been selected for both the McDonald’s All-American Game and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-America Game. The Section III career leader for points scored, she is rated as the nation’s No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2012 by the HoopGurlz ESPNU 100.

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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.

Brianna Butler
Senior Guard, Nazareth (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

2011-12 Team record: 15-2
2011-12 Team standing: 15th in ESPNHS Fab 50

2011-12 Points per game: 19.0
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 13.0
2011-12 Assists per game: 3.0
2011-12 Blocks per game: 2.0
2011-12 Steals per game: 4.0

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Syracuse

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: McDonald's All-American; WBCA Honorable Mention All-American.

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New York Boys Soccer POY: Dakota Edwards

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: Dakota Edwards

THE BASICS

School: Sayville (West Sayville, N.Y.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Defender
Height: 6-foot-2

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Edwards scored eight goals and passed for 12 assists this past season, leading the Golden Flashes (14-3-1) to the Suffolk County finals. An All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, he is also the NSCAA New York Player of the Year, the Long Island Player of the Year and a two-time All-State honoree.

Academic excellence: Edwards has maintained a B-plus average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of an area soup kitchen and youth soccer programs.

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Eye on POY: New York 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.

Dakota Edwards
Senior Defender, Sayville High (West Sayville, NY)

2011 Team record: 14-3-1
2011 Team standing: Lost in Suffolk County title game

2011 Goals: 8
2011 Assists: 12
2011 Points per game: 1.11
Career goals: 24
Career assists: 30

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Maryland

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: NSCAA All-American; NSCAA New York Player of the Year; Long Island Player of the Year; All-State; Ranked No. 40 senior by ESPNHS.

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New York Girls Soccer POY: Cari Roccaro

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: Cari Roccaro

THE BASICS

School: East Islip (Islip Terrace, N.Y.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Midfielder/defender
Height: 5-foot-6

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Roccaro scored 11 goals and passed for four assists this past season, leading the Redmen to an 11-3-1 record. A First Team ESPNHS All-American, she is also a two-time All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and was named the Long Island Player of the Year. Roccaro is a member of the U.S. Soccer Federation Under-20 Women’s National Team, which is currently competing at the Four Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain.

Academic excellence: Roccaro has maintained an A average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society, she has volunteered locally on behalf of a soccer program for children diagnosed with autism.

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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. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Cari Roccaro
Senior midfielder/defender, East Islip High (Islip Terrace, NY)

2011 Team record: 11-3-1
2011 Team standing: Lost in Suffolk County sectionals

2011 Goals: 11
2011 Assists: 4
2011 Points per game: 1.0
Career goals: 36
Career assists: 19

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Notre Dame

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: NSCAA All-American in 2010, 2011; Long Island Player of the Year; NSCAA New York Player of the Year; Ranked No. 4 senior by ESPNHS; Member of the U-20 Women's National Team.

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