High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Thornton Academy

Maine Softball POY: Julia Geaumont

June, 6, 2012
A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Softball 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.

For her 48 fellow Gatorade State Softball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Julia Geaumont


School: Thornton Academy (Saco, Maine)
Grade: Senior
Position: Right-handed pitcher
Height: 5-foot-6


Athletic achievement: Geaumont led the Trojans to a 14-2 record entering the Class A state quarterfinals, scheduled for Thursday. She posted a 14-2 record in the circle along with a 0.84 ERA and 136 strikeouts in 96 innings pitched. A two-time First Team All-State selection, Geaumont is batting .679 with 10 home runs and a 1.509 slugging percentage through 16 games.

Academic excellence: Geaumont has maintained a 4.09 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: The vice president of her school’s chapter of the National Honor Society, she has volunteered locally as a student tutor, a youth softball coach and on behalf of fundraiser walks to benefit cancer research.

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Eye on POY: Maine Softball

June, 2, 2012
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.

Julia Geaumont
Senior RHP, Thornton Academy (Saco)

2012 Team record: 14-1
2012 Team standing: Will play in Class A quarterfinals on June 7

2012 W-L record:
2012 ERA: 0.84
2012 Strikeouts: 136
2012 Innings: 96

2012 Batting average: .679
2012 RBI: 35
2012 OPS: 2.251

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Bowdoin

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State; 2009 Second Team All-State

Alyssa Williamson
Sophomore RHP/first baseman, Scarborough (ME)

2012 Team record: 15-0
2012 Team standing: Will play in Class A quarterfinals on June 7

2012 Batting average: .577
2012 RBI: 28
2012 OPS: 1.619

2012 W-L record: 5-0
2012 ERA: 0.25
2012 Strikeouts: 35
2012 Innings: 28

Academics: B-plusaverage
Collegiate destination: HS Sophomore

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 All-Tournament selection

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.

Mo Hannon: Senior RHP/shortstop, Scarborough (ME)
Erin Bogdanovich: Junior RHP, South Portland (ME)
Maddie Pearson: Junior outfielder, Fryeburg Academy (Fryeburg)

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.