High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Paige Lowary

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.

Aly Cappaert
Senior First Baseman, Ankeny High (Ankeny, IA)

2011 Team record: 35-8
2011 Team standing: Lost to Des Moines East in 4A state final

2011 Batting average: .582
2011 RBI: 51
2011 Home runs: 13

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: Iowa State

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Walked 70 times with just seven strikeouts; First Team All-State; Class 4A Co-Player of the Year.

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POY Potential: Iowa All-State softball

October, 17, 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 ESPNHS recruit rankings.

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