High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Norco

California Softball POY: Emily Lockman

June, 6, 2012
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: Emily Lockman


School: Norco (Calif.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Pitcher
Height: 5-foot-4


Athletic achievement: Lockman led the Cougars (31-2) to the Southern Section Division I championship this past season. She posted a 31-2 record with a 0.35 ERA and 145 strikeouts in 220 innings pitched, allowing just 111 hits and 11 walks. At the plate, Lockman, a two-time First Team All-Big VIII League selection, batted .389 with four home runs, nine doubles and 33 RBI. In five postseason games, she pitched 35 innings, allowing one earned run on 16 hits with 19 strikeouts and one walk.

Academic excellence: Lockman has maintained a 3.95 weighted GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally at a retirement home and as a youth softball coach.

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POY Alumni: Toby Gerhart gets in gear

October, 31, 2011
POY Alumni: Toby GerhartKirby Lee/WireImageThe 2005-06 Gatorade California Football Player of the Year and a standout at Stanford University, Toby Gerhart continues to impress with the Vikings.
Toby Gerhart will never supplant Adrian Peterson as the Vikings' lead back, but the 2005-06 Gatorade California Football Player of the Year did his part in helping Minnesota outlast Cam Newton and Carolina on Sunday, 24-21.

A second-year fullback out of Stanford, Gerhart, whose 9,662 career rushing yards at Norco High (Norco, Calif.) rank sixth in prep history, gained 27 yards on four carries during a 12-play Minnesota scoring drive in the third quarter that consumed 5:41 on the clock and tied the game at 21-21. The Vikings eventually won on a 31-yard field goal with 2:43 remaining in regulation.

Gerhart has now rushed for 100 yards on 17 carries this season in addition to catching four passes for 54 yards. His five carries against the Panthers represent a season high and helped Minnesota (2-6) end a two-game slide.

In high school, Gerhart set a California state record for career rushing yards and led Norco to the CIF Division 5 Southern Section title in 2005. Gerhart also played baseball and graduated as valedictorian of his high school class.

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