High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: North Kingstown

Eye on POY: Rhode Island boys basketball

March, 16, 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.

Jarell Lawson
Senior guard/forward, Central (Providence, R.I.)

2011-12 Team record: 19-4
2011-12 Team standing: Won Open State Tournament title

2011-12 Points per game: 19.0
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 10.9
2011-12 Assists per game: 1.5
2011-12 Blocks per game: 2.0
2011-12 Steals per game: 1.0

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Unanimous First Team All-Division I selection; First Team All-League selection; Rhode Island Basketball Coaches Association All-Star

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Eye on POY: Rhode Island girls cross country

January, 4, 2012
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The cross country season may have concluded, but the search for Gatorade State Girls Cross Country Runners 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. These state class meet winners made a case in their respective classifications, but did they do enough on and off the course this past season to capture the prestigious statewide honor?

Aisha McAdams
Junior, North Kingstown (R.I.)

2011 Team postseason standing: 3rd (Class A)
2011 Class meet finish (Place—time): 1st—19:19.07

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 39th—19:58.40

Paige Ethier
Senior, South Kingstown (Wakefield, R.I.)

2011 Team postseason standing: 4th (Class B)
2011 Class meet finish (Place—time): 1st—19:14.15

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POY Potential: R.I. All-State football

October, 11, 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 ESPNU's recruit rankings.

That being said, the state’s ESPNHS preseason All-State selections are sure to enter the 2011-12 Gatorade Football Player of the Year conversation at some point. Here they are …
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