High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Radnor

Pennsylvania Softball POY: Christy Von Pusch

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: Christy Von Pusch


School: Radnor (Pa.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Right-handed pitcher
Height: 5-foot-9


Athletic achievement: Von Pusch posted a 14-2 record in 103.1 innings this past season, compiling a 0.81 ERA, 205 strikeouts and leading the Raiders (19-2) to their first Central League title since 1984. She also batted .455 with three home runs and 21 RBI. Von Pusch is a First Team All-State selection and the Delco Times Player of the Year.

Academic excellence: Von Pusch has maintained a 3.81 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of a soup kitchen and youth softball programs.

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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.

Taylor Henry
Senior Pitcher, Central Dauphin High (Harrisburg, PA)

2012 Team record: 19-3
2012 Team standing: Plays Hatboro-Horsham in first round of Class 4A tourney

2012 Batting average: .511
2012 RBI: 26
2012 Runs: 27

2012 W-L record: 18-3
2012 ERA: 1.12
2012 Strikeouts: 192

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Pittsburgh

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: First Team All-State; First Team All-Conference

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