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.
Senior Shortstop/Pitcher, MacArthur High (Levittown, NY)
2012 Team record: 20-4
2012 Team standing: Plays East Islip in Long Island Championship Game, June 5
2012 Batting average: .564
2012 RBI: 42
2012 Home Runs: 13
2012 W-L record: 8-3
2012 ERA: 2.27
2012 Strikeouts: 98
Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: North Carolina
How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Nassau County Player of the Year; Second Team All-State; 1.231 slugging percentage.
Junior Pitcher, Cicero-North Syracuse High (Syracuse, NY)
2012 Team record: 20-3
2012 Team standing: Plays Shenendehowa in Class AA quarterfinals, June 5
2012 Batting average: .434
2012 RBI: 31
2012 Home Runs: 7
2012 W-L record: 13-1
2012 ERA: 0.67
2012 Strikeouts: 181
Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Syracuse (verbal)
How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: First Team All-State; Central New York Player of the Year; Posted a 0.63 WHIP.
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.
Amanda Gisonni: Senior Pitcher, John Jay High (Hopewell Junction, NY)
Samantha Giovanniello: Senior Pitcher, Floral Park High (Floral Park, NY)
Caitlin Attfield: Senior Shortstop, Niagara Wheatfield High (Sanborn, NY)
Courtney Syrett: Junior Catcher, Bay Shore High (Bay Shore, NY)
Riley Johnson: Senior Shortstop, Greece Athena High (Rochester, NY)
Nadia Kemp: Junior Shortstop, John Jay High (Hopewell Junction, NY)
Leanne Iannucci: Senior Catcher, Carle Place High (Carle Place, NY)
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.