High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Rainey Gaffin

Colorado Softball POY: Rainey Gaffin

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: Rainey Gaffin


School: Legacy (Broomfield, Colo.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Right-handed pitcher
Height: 5-foot-10


Athletic achievement: Gaffin led the Lightning (24-2) to their fifth consecutive Class 5A state championship this past season. She posted a 22-2 record with a 1.74 ERA in the circle, while batting .591 with 15 home runs and 48 RBI. Gaffin was MVP of the Class 5A state tournament, a First Team All-State selection and the Denver Post All-Colorado Player of the Year.

Academic excellence: Gaffin has maintained a 3.37 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: She has helped created a reading program for local elementary school students and has volunteered delivering food to area needy.

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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.

Haley Hutton
Junior Shortstop, Valley High (Gilcrest, CO)

2012 Team record: 24-1
2012 Team standing: Won Class 3A state title

2012 Batting average: .584
2012 RBI: 43
2012 Runs: 55

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Colorado State (verbal)

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Denver Post All-Colorado Team; First Team All-State; MVP of Class 3A state tournament.

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POY Potential: Colorado All-State softball

October, 19, 2011
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 …

A dedicated POY team at ESPNHS manages the Gatorade Player of the Year program selection process and oversees all research, reporting, comparative analysis and criteria-compliance on the award program’s behalf.

Return of the POY: Colo.'s Rainey Gaffin

October, 5, 2011
The 2011-12 Gatorade State Softball Players of the Year selection process is underway, and what better way to kick off coverage than with profiles of returning underclassmen winners? Repeating is no guarantee, but here's a snapshot of what this year’s challengers can shoot for …

Name: Rainey Gaffin

Position: Right-handed pitcher

Grade: Senior

School: Legacy (Broomfield, Colo.)

College: University of Tennessee (verbal)

Height: 5-foot-10

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Colorado Softball Player of the Year ... 2011 Colorado Sportswoman of the Year ... 2010 Class 5A state champion ... 2010 Class 5A state tournament Most Valuable Player ... 2010 All-Colorado Player of the Year as named by the Denver Post ... 2010 First Team All-State selection

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