A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Baseball 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.
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THE WINNER: Ryne Combs
School: Bryan Station (Lexington, Ky.)
Weight: 160 pounds
Athletic achievement: Combs led the Defenders to a 26-12 record entering the 11th Region semifinals against Lexington Catholic (Lexington, Ky.), scheduled for May 29. At the time of his selection, he owned a 7-1 record on the mound with two saves, a 0.55 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 52 innings. A three-time First Team All-State honoree, Combs also batted .427 with three home runs, 16 RBI and 17 stolen bases through 38 games.
Academic excellence: Combs has maintained a 3.83 in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church community, he has assisted in relief efforts for earthquake victims in Haiti and has donated his time as a Spanish tutor and youth baseball coach.
“Ryne Combs is a big game player,” said Bryan Station head coach Eddie Brooks. “When he’s on the mound he takes control of a game. He has earned the respect of his teammates on and off the field. He’s the kind of player who makes you look like a really great coach.”
THE FUTURE: Combs has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on an athletic scholarship at the University of Kentucky this fall.