High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Roosevelt

Eye on POY: Iowa baseball

May, 28, 2012
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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.

Calvin Mathews
Senior RHP/IF, Davis County (Bloomfield, Iowa)

2011 Team record: 33-4 (Class 2A)
2011 Team standing: Class 2A state champions

2011 Batting average: .467
2011 RBI: 39
2011 Runs: 32

2011 W-L record: 12-1
2011 ERA: 0.51
2011 Strikeouts: 158

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: University of Iowa

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Belted 13 home runs and six doubles last season, producing a .967 slugging percentage. Enters his senior season with a career record of 37-4 with a 0.84 ERA and 464 strikeouts in 249.2 innings pitched. He also had 21 career homers. No. 183 ranked recruit in Class of 2012 as rated by Perfect Game USA. 2011 All-State Super Team selection as named by the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association. Three-time First Team All-South Central Conference pitcher.

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South Dakota Girls XC ROY: Alex Hess

January, 12, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Girls 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.

THE WINNER: Alex Hess

THE BASICS

School: Roosevelt (Sioux Falls, S.D.)
Grade: Senior
Height: 5-foot-5

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Hess raced to the Class AA individual state championship this past season with a time of 14:19.5, setting a state meet course record. A 2011 First Team All-State selection, she earned 59th place at the 2011 Nike Cross Nationals Heartland Regional championships in 19:31 and placed 101st at the Foot Locker Midwest Regional championships, crossing the line in 19:40.

Academic excellence: Hess has maintained a 4.0 GPA in the classroom and is a National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalist.

Exemplary character: An active member of her church community, she has volunteered locally on behalf of the American Cancer Society, the Boys and Girls Club of America, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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Eye on POY: South Dakota Girls Cross Country

January, 6, 2012
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The cross country season may have concluded, but the search for Gatorade State Girls Cross Country Runners of the Year is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated. These state meet winners made a case in their respective classifications, but did they do enough on and off the course this past season to capture the prestigious statewide honor?

Alex Hess
Senior, Roosevelt (Sioux Falls, SD)

2011 Team postseason standing: 12th (Class AA)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): First—14:19.5

2011 Foot Locker regional (Place—time): 101st—19:40

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional
(Place—time): 59th—19:31

Kelsey Barrett
Senior, Britton-Hecla (Britton, SD)

2011 Team postseason standing: DNQ (Class A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): First—14:49.45

Rachel Propst
Freshman, T.F. Riggs (Pierre, SD)

2011 Team postseason standing: Fourth (Class AA)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 12th—15:08.40

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 37th—19:16.2

Winning the state meet isn't a prerequisite for Gatorade State Cross Country Runner of the Year, so here are some more of many other harriers whose performances this past season vaulted them into the conversation during this 2011 campaign.


Emily Person: Freshman, Stevens (Rapid City, SD)
Savannah Childers: SO, Spearfish (SD)

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

POY Potential: S.D. All-State volleyball

October, 25, 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 ESPNHS recruit rankings.

That being said, the state’s returning First Team All-State selections are sure to enter the 2011-12 Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year conversation at some point. Here they are …
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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 Perfect Game USA's prospect rankings.

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

1. Davis County (Bloomfield, Iowa) senior right-handed pitcher/third baseman Calvin Mathews
  • Perfect Game USA class rank: 183
  • Height/Weight: 6-foot-4, 200 pounds
  • Bats/Throws: Right/Right
  • College: University of Iowa (verbal)
  • Perfect Game USA scouting report: "Athletic, projectable body with strength and room to fill. Pitches from high 3/4 arm slot with plus arm speed. High leg kick, online delivery with extension out front and downhill extension. Fastball sat in high 80s, up to 89 and he projects for more velocity in future. Changeup is very good pitch with sink and good arm action at 82. Curveball with 11/5 break is another good off-speed pitch. Big potential."

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