High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Rockhurst

Missouri Boys Soccer POY: Derek Schrick

February, 22, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed this past fall's Gatorade Boys Soccer Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 29 fellow Gatorade State Fall Boys Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Derek Schrick

THE BASICS

School: Rockhurst (Kansas City, Mo.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5-foot-11
Weight: 170 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Schrick scored 10 goals and passed for 24 assists this past season, leading the Hawklets (22-4-1) to the Class 3, District 13 championship match. An All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, he was the Missouri Soccer Coaches Association Class 3 Player of the Year and the Kansas City Star High School Player of the Year. Schrick concluded his prep soccer career with 45 goals and 67 assists.

Academic excellence: Schrick has maintained a 3.08 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of the Rockhurst Honors Choir, he has volunteered locally as a youth mentor to special-needs students, at a local hospice and as a youth soccer coach.

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Missouri Boys XC ROY: Zach Herriott

January, 23, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 50 fellow Gatorade State Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year winners, click here.


THE WINNER: Zach Herriott

THE BASICS

School: Rockhurst (Kansas City, Mo.)
Grade: Senior
Height: 6-foot-2

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Herriott raced to a ninth-place finish at the Nike Cross Nationals Final this past season with a time of 15:37.24. The state’s returning Gatorade Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year, he placed fourth at the Nike Cross Nationals Midwest Regional championships in 16:00.60. Also the Runner of the Year as named by Mo.MileSplit.com and the Kansas City Star, Herriott finished 13th at the Class 4 state meet in 16:34.26, leading the Hawklets to second place as a team. Herriott won the Kansas City Metro Championships in a course-record time of 15:21.30 this past fall. He won the 2010 Class 4 individual state championship as a junior.

Academic excellence: Also an accomplished singer as part of two performance choirs at his school, Herriott has maintained a 3.87 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society, he has volunteered more than 200 hours of community service on behalf of Rockhurst High in addition to donating his time as a peer tutor.

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The 2011-12 Gatorade State Cross Country Runners 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: Zach Herriott

Position: Distance runner

Grade: Senior

School: Rockhurst (Mo.)

College: Undecided

Height: 6-foot-3

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Missouri Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year ... 2010 DyeStat XC Top 25 series Honorable Mention selection ... 2010 Runner of the Year as named by the Kansas City Star ... 2010 Class 4 All-State qualifier ... 2010 Nike Cross Nationals Midwest Regional 12th-place finisher ... 2010 Class 4 state meet individual champion ... 2009 Class 4 state meet 26th-place finisher

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POY Potential: Top 5 Mo. football recruits

September, 30, 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 ESPNU's recruit rankings.

That being said, the state’s top five football recruits as ranked by ESPNU are sure to enter the 2011-12 Gatorade Football Player of the Year conversation at some point. Here they are …

Gatorade Missouri Football Player of the Year Dorial Green-Beckham
John Fedele/ESPNHSDorial Green-Beckham is Missouri's No. 1 senior recruit.
1. Hillcrest High (Springfield, Mo.) wide receiver and returning Gatorade Missouri Football Player of the Year Dorial Green-Beckham

  • ESPNU 150 rank: 3
  • Height: 6-foot-5
  • Weight: 220 pounds
  • College: Undecided
  • Traits: hands, speed, route-running, catch in traffic
  • ESPNU scouting report: "This guy is a hybrid of Julio Jones and Calvin Johnson and what makes Green-Beckham unique from other big wide receivers is he is a flexible athlete with fluid movements and quick-twitch athleticism. He is big, strong, rangy and deceptively quick for his size."

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