High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Parkersburg

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.

Tommy Trupo

Senior forward, Charleston Catholic High (Charleston, WV)

2011 Team record: 23-0-2

2011 Team standing: Won Class AA-A state title

2011 Goals: 40

2011 Assists: 17

2011 Points per game: 2.28

Career goals: 102

Career assists: 37

Academics: A average

Collegiate destination: Marshall

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Class AA-A Player of the Year; NSCAA All-American; Three goals and an assist in state title game; Returning Gatorade West Virginia Boys Soccer Player of the Year.

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Eye on POY: West Virginia volleyball

December, 9, 2011
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The window on the Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year race is closing, and time is running out for student-athletes to state their POY case. 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 Allen
Senior outside hitter, Musselman (Inwood, W.Va.)

2011 Team record: 39-9-1
2011 Team standing: Lost in Group AAA state final

2011 Kills: 472
2011 Blocks: 16
2011 Digs: 322
2011 Aces: 86
2011 Assists: 14

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2011 West Virginia Sports Writers Association Player of the year. Three-time Group AAA First Team All-State. Three-time (Martinsburg) Journal Player of the Year.

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Eye on POY: West Virginia football

November, 25, 2011
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The window on the Gatorade State Football Player of the Year race is closing, and time is running out for student-athletes to state their POY case. 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.

Ryan Switzer
Junior running back, George Washington (Charleston, WV)

2011 Team record: 12-0
2011 Team standing: Will play in Class AAA semifinals vs. Bridgeport tonight

2011 Carries-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 244-2,362 (9.7)- 36
2011 Catches-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 4-130 (32.5)- 2

2011 Tackles: 25
2011 Interceptions: 4

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: HS Junior

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 Don Nehlen Chapter of the National Football Foundation High School Player of the Year; ESPNHS East Region Player of the Week for Nov. 9; 2010 First Team All-State; 2010 First Team All-Conference;

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POY Potential: W.V. All-State volleyball

October, 28, 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 as named by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association are sure to enter the 2011-12 Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year conversation at some point. Here they are …
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