High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Salem

Eye on POY: New Hampshire Softball

June, 4, 2012
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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.

Taylor Carbone
Senior RHP/first baseman, Alvirne (Hudson)

2012 Team record: 16-4
2012 Team standing: Will play in Division I semifinals on June 5

2012 W-L record: 13-2
2012 ERA:1.02
2012 Strikeouts: 131
2012 Innings pitched: 96

2012 Batting average: .581
2012 RBI: 28
2012 Runs: 24

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: UMass Amherst

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2010-2011 Gatorade New Hampshire Softball Player of the Year; 2009-2012 Team MVP; 2009 and 2011 Nashua Telegraph Player of the Year; 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State;

Nicole Gubellini
Senior RHP/first baseman, Salem (NH)

2012 Team record: 19-0
2012 Team standing: Will play in Division I semifinals on June 5
2012 W-L record: 13-0
2012 ERA: 0.61
2012 Strikeouts: 133
2012 Innings: 98

2012 Batting average: .493
2012 RBI: 24
2012 OBP: .545

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Quinnipiac

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 Lawrence Eagle Tribune All-Area Team;

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Softball 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.

Jacklyn Dubois: Senior catcher, Bishop Guertin (Nashua)
Lindsey Bolduc: Senior outfielder, Londonderry (NH)
Britney Bernard: Senior RHP, Pinkerton Academy (Derry)

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.

Eye on POY: New Hampshire football

November, 18, 2011
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The window on the Gatorade State Football Player of the Year race is closing, and time is running out for student-athletes to state their POY case. 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.

Jerickson Fedrick
Senior running back/defensive back, Salem (N.H.)

2011 Team record: 7-4
2011 Team standing: Lost in Division I first round

2011 Carries-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 211-1,670 (7.9)-21
2011 Catches-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 6-67 (11.2)-1
2011 Kickoff returns-AVG.-TDs: 12-42.8-3

2011 Tackles: 23
2011 Interceptions: 2 (1 TD)

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Returned two kickoffs for touchdown and ran for four more TDs in 50-28 win over Manchester Central. Recorded 356 yards rushing and five touchdowns on 19 carries in 59-20 win over Timberlane. Career totals of 4,437 rushing yards and 63 rushing TDs.

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POY Potential: Top 3 N.H. football recruits

October, 12, 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 three 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 …

1. New Hampton School (New Hampton, N.H.) quarterback/cornerback Jake Kiley
  • Height: 6-foot-1
  • Weight: 175 pounds
  • College: Penn State (verbal)
  • Traits: Ball skills, instincts
  • ESPNU scouting report: "Kiley is a tall, leaner cornerback prospect with good instincts and athleticism. Could be falling under the radar as he's not playing in a football hotbed versus strong competition week in and week out. Instincts and awareness around the ball are good."

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