High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Richards

Eye on POY: Illinois softball

June, 4, 2012
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.

Brianna LeBeau
Senior right-handed pitcher/infielder, Richards (Oak Lawn, Ill.)

2012 Team record: 30-5 (Class 4A)
2012 Team standing: Lost Class 4A sectional semis to Mother McAuley (Chicago, Ill.), 8-0

2012 Batting average: .591
2012 RBI: 41
2012 Runs: 48

2012 W-L record: 21-5
2012 ERA: 0.88
2012 Strikeouts: 158

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Northwestern University

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Produced a .989 slugging percentage and .658 on-base percentage. Belted 23 doubles, four triples and two home runs. Stole 22 bases. Recorded nine shutouts in the circle. 2010-11 Gatorade Illinois Softball Player of the Year. 2011 Chicago Tribune Female Athlete of the Year. 2011 First Team All-State selection as named by the Illinois Coaches Association. Three-time South Suburban Conference Player of the Year.

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Return of the POY: Illinois' Brianna LeBeau

May, 4, 2012
The Gatorade State Softball Players of the Year selection process is in full swing, 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: Brianna LeBeau
School: Richards (Oak Lawn, Ill.)

Grade: Senior
Position: RHP/IF

2011 W-L: 25-3
2011 IP: 182.1
2011 ERA: 1.07
2011 K: 176

2011 BA: .516
2011 2B: 18
2011 RBI: 56
2011 R: 46

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Illinois Softball Player of the Year. Led the Bulldogs (32-3) to the 2011 Class 4A super-sectionals. 2011 Female Athlete of the Year as named by the Chicago Tribune. 2011 First Team All-Area selection as named by the Chicago Sun-Times. 2010 Tribune Honorable Mention All-State selection. 2010 Sun-Times Third Team All-Area selection.

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