High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Reese McGuire

The window on the Gatorade State Baseball 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.

Trevor Lane
Senior LHP/outfielder, Mount Si (Snoqualmie)

2012 Team record: 20-4
2012 Team standing: Lost in Class 3A quarterfinals

2012 W-L record: 7-1
2012 ERA: 2.15
2012 Strikeouts: 77
2012 Innings: 48.67

2012 Batting average: .446
2012 RBI: 19
2012 Runs: 23

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-League; 2012 Team Captain

Reese McGuire
Junior catcher, Kentwood (Covington)

2012 Team record: 25-2
2012 Team standing: Won Class 4A state title

2012 Batting average: .460
2012 RBI: 30
2012 Runs: 21

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: San Diego (verbal commitment)

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-League; 2011 Area Code Games Participant; 2012 Under Armour All-American invitee;

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign.

Jonny Locher: Senior outfielder, Highline (Burien)
Sam Brown: Senior LHP, Jackson (Mill Creek)
Clint Coulter: Senior catcher, Union (Camas)
Reese Karalus: Senior RHP, Mount Si (Snoqualmie)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.

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