High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Virginia

Virginia Boys Track AOY: Ahmed Bile

June, 21, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2012 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 50 fellow Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athletes of the Year winners, click here.


THE WINNER: Ahmed Bile

THE BASICS

School: Annandale (Va.)
Grade: Senior
Event(s): Middle-distance/distance
Height: 6-foot-3

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: The two-time Gatorade Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year, Bile won the 800-meter run with a time of 1:51.52 and the 1,600-meter run in 4:13.12 at the Group AAA state meet this spring, leading the Atoms to a share of the state title as a team. A two-time Foot Locker Cross Country All-American selection and the Washington Post 2011 All-Met Cross Country Runner of the Year, his season-best times in the 800 (1:51.52), 1,600 (4:08.29) and mile (4:04.11) all ranked among the nation’s top 30 performances by prep competitors in 2012 at the time of his selection.

Academic excellence: Bile has maintained a 3.31 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of his school’s Young Democrats of America chapter, he has volunteered locally as a youth soccer instructor and at electoral polling venues.

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Virginia Girls Track AOY: Megan Moye

June, 20, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2012 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For her 50 fellow Gatorade State Girls Track & Field Athletes of the Year winners, click here.


THE WINNER: Megan Moye

THE BASICS

School: Cosby (Midlothian, Va.)
Grade: Senior
Event(s): Middle-distance/distance
Height: 5-foot-7

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Moye won the 800-meter run and the 1,600-meter run at the Group AAA state meet this spring, leading the Titans to a second-place finish as a team. She also ran the anchor leg for Cosby’s 1,600-meter sprint medley team that finished first at this month’s New Balance Outdoor Nationals with a time of 3:55.17. Among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of her selection, Moye was ranked No. 7 nationally in the 1,600, No. 10 in the 800 and No. 13 in the 3,200. She is the only female runner in the country to rank in the top 30 in all three events.

Academic excellence: Moye has maintained a weighted 4.69 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of the National Arts Honor Society, she has volunteered locally in neighborhood-beautification projects and as part of multiple community service initiatives in association with her church youth group.

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Virginia Softball POY: Tori Finucane

June, 6, 2012
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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: Tori Finucane

THE BASICS

School: Bishop O’Connell (Arlington, Va.)
Grade: Junior
Position: Pitcher
Height: 5-foot-7

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Finucane led the Knights (27-1) to the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference tournament title and the Virginia Independent Schools state championship this past season. She posted a 27-1 record with a 0.09 ERA and 332 strikeouts in 161 innings pitched. Finucane allowed 41 hits and walked 22 batters, holding opponents to a .077 batting average. At the plate, the two-time WCAC Player of the Year hit .363 with two home runs and 25 RBI.

Academic excellence: Finucane has maintained a 3.57 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: Selected as the editor-in-chief of her school paper, The Visor, for the 2012-13 school year, she has volunteered locally as a youth softball coach and mentor.

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Virginia Baseball POY: Nathan Kirby

May, 30, 2012
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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.

For his 47 fellow Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Nathan Kirby

THE BASICS

School: James River (Midlothian, Va.)
Grade: Senior
Position: LHP/1B
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 180 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Kirby led the Rapids to a 17-6 record entering the Group AAA Central Region semifinals, scheduled for Wednesday. A Preseason Second Team All-American as named by Perfect Game USA, he owned an 8-1 record with a 1.39 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 50 innings pitched through 23 games. Kirby batted .434 with two home runs and 15 RBI. He produced a .642 slugging percentage and .474 on-base percentage.

Academic excellence: Kirby has maintained a 3.43 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: In addition to donating his time at the local hospital’s pediatric ward and as a youth baseball instructor, he has volunteered on behalf of the Special Olympics, Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation for cancer research, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and as part of Military Appreciation Day.

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Virginia Girls Soccer POY: Anna McClung

May, 23, 2012
5/23/12
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed this spring's Gatorade Girls Soccer Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2012 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For her 27 fellow Gatorade State Spring Girls Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.
For the 22 Gatorade State Fall Girls Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Anna McClung

THE BASICS

School: Gate City (Va.)
Grade: Junior
Position: Forward
Height: 5-foot-10

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: The returning Gatorade Virginia Girls Soccer Player of the Year, McClung led the Blue Devils to a 15-0 record entering this week’s regular-season finale against Lee (Springfield, Va.), scheduled for Wednesday. She scored a state-record 79 goals and passed for 15 assists through 15 games and had 14 games with at least four goals. A member of the U.S. Soccer Under-18 Women’s National Team, McClung is the state career record-holder with 206 goals, which she has tallied in just 48 starts. The 2011 Region D Player of the Year and a two-time Group A First team All-State selection, she scored a then-state record 65 goals as a freshman and 62 as a sophomore.

Academic excellence: McClung has maintained an A average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally with the Special Olympics and as part of an area beautification project. McClung also won her school’s American Character Award as voted by the student body and the Citizenship Award as voted on by faculty.

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Eye on POY: Virginia baseball

May, 20, 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.

Nathan Kirby
Senior left-handed pitcher, James River (Midlothian, Va.)

2012 Team record: 15-5 (Group AAA)
2012 Team standing: Group AAA state tournament begins on June 5

2012 W-L record: 7-1
2012 ERA: 1.31
2012 Strikeouts: 63

2012 Batting average: .444
2012 RBI: 11
2012 Runs: 9

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

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Owns a 3-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio while striking out 1.5 batters per inning. No. 33 ranked prospect in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNHS. 2012 Dominion District Co-Player of the Year. 2012 Preseason Second Team All-American as named by Perfect Game USA. 2012 Preseason First Team All-State selection as named by ESPNHS. 2011 East Coast Professional Showcase participant. 2011 Perfect Game USA National Showcase participant. 2011 Preseason Underclassmen Third Team All-American as named by Perfect Game USA. 2010 Preseason Underclassmen Honorable Mention All-American as named by Perfect Game USA. 2010 Junior National Showcase participant.

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Eye on POY: Virginia girls soccer

May, 18, 2012
5/18/12
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The window on the Gatorade State Girls Soccer 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.

Elizabeth Ball
Sophomore forward, Deep Run (Glen Allen, Va.)

2012 Team record: 11-2 (Group AAA)
2012 Team standing: Regular season ends May 24

2012 Goals: 12
2012 Assists: 4
Career goals: 32
Career assists: 13

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Averaging 1.8 points per game this season. 2011 Central Region Player of the Year. 2011 All-Metro Player of the Year as named by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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Virginia Boys Soccer POY: Todd Wharton

May, 15, 2012
5/15/12
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed this spring's Gatorade Boys Soccer Player 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.

For his 19 fellow Gatorade State Spring Boys Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.
For the 30 Gatorade State Fall Boys Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Todd Wharton

THE BASICS

School: Deep Run (Glen Allen, Va.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5-foot-10
Weight: 155 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Wharton has led the Wildcats to a 13-1 record entering this week’s regular-season contest against Mills Godwin (Richmond, Va.), scheduled for Tuesday. He scored 31 goals and passed for 22 assists through 14 games. A 2011 Youth All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, Wharton was also the 2011 Colonial District Player of the Year. He is Deep Run’s career leader in scoring and assists with 70 goals and 52 assists.

Academic excellence: Wharton has maintained a 4.79 weighted GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of the National Society of High School Scholars, he has volunteered locally as a youth mentor, a sports camp counselor and with Young Life non-denominational Christian ministry.

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Eye on POY: Virginia boys soccer

May, 9, 2012
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The window on the Gatorade State Boys Soccer 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.

Schillo Tshuma
Senior midfielder, Episcopal (Alexandria, Va.)

2011 Team record: 12-6-4
2011 Team standing: Virginia Independent School Division I state champions

2011 Goals: 18
2011 Assists: 9
Career goals: 55
Career assists: 28

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: University of Maryland

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Averaging 1.23 points per game this season. 2011 Washington Post All-Met Player of the Year. Two-time VISAA State Player of the Year.

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Return of the POY: Virginia's Kelly Heinz

May, 4, 2012
5/04/12
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The Gatorade State Softball Players of the Year selection process is in full swing, and what better way to kick off coverage than with profiles of returning underclassmen winners? Repeating is no guarantee, but here's a snapshot of what this year’s challengers can shoot for.

Name: Kelly Heinz
School: Lee-Davis (Mechanicsville, Va.)

Grade: Senior
Position: RHP

2011 W-L: 22-1
2011 IP: 151
2011 ERA: 0.09
2011 K: 292

2011 BA: .455
2011 HR: 5
2011 RBI: 26

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Virginia Softball Player of the Year. Led the Confederates (26-1) to the 2011 Group AAA state championship. 2010 and 2011 Central Region Pitcher of the Year. 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State selection. 2010 and 2011 Richmond Times Dispatch All-Metro Pitcher of the Year.

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Return of the POY: Virginia's Anna McClung

May, 2, 2012
5/02/12
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The Gatorade State Girls Soccer Players of the Year spring selection process is in full swing, and what better way to kick off coverage than with profiles of returning underclassmen winners? Repeating is no guarantee, but here's a snapshot of what this year’s challengers can shoot for.

Name: Anna McClung
School: Gate City (Va.)

Grade: Junior
Position: Forward

2011 Goals: 62
2010 Goals: 65

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Virginia Girls Soccer Player of the Year. Led the Blue Devils (16-2) to the 2011 Group A state quarterfinals. Owns single-game and single-season state records for goals. U.S. Soccer Under-18 Women’s National Team memer. 2010 and 2011 Group A First Team All-State selection. No. 10 ranked recruit in Class of 2013 as rated by ESPNHS.

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Return of the POY: Virginia's Luis Rendon

May, 2, 2012
5/02/12
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The Gatorade State Boys Soccer Players of the Year spring selection process is in full swing, and what better way to kick off coverage than with profiles of returning underclassmen winners? Repeating is no guarantee, but here's a snapshot of what this year’s challengers can shoot for.

Luis Rendon, Cosby, Virginia, Return of the POY, Gatorade
Susan Goldman/APLuis Rendon (left) receives his 2010-11 Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year award from Alecko Eskandarian.
Name: Luis Rendon
School: Cosby (Midlothian, Va.)

Grade: Senior
Position: Forward

2011 Goals: 18
2011 Assists: 16
2009-11 Total goals: 40
2009-11 Total assists: 40

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year. 2010-11 Gatorade Virginia Boys Soccer Player of the Year. No. 4 ranked recruit in Class of 2012 as ranked by ESPNHS. Has played just one game in the 2012 spring season due to injuries. U.S. Soccer Under-18 Men's National Team camp invitee. Led the Titans to the 2011 Central Region semifinals. 2011 Group AAA First Team All-State selection. 2010 Group AAA Second Team All-State selection.

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Virginia Boys Hoop POY: Tyler Lewis

March, 22, 2012
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Tyler Lewis, Oak Hill Academy, Virginia, boys, Gatorade POY
Dave Telep/ESPNHSTyler Lewis led Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) to a perfect 34-0 record.
A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Boys Basketball Player 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.

For his 50 fellow Gatorade State Boys Basketball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Tyler Lewis

THE BASICS

School: Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Guard
Height: 5-foot-11
Weight: 165 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Lewis averaged 12.0 points, 7.9 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists this past season, leading the Warriors to a perfect 44-0 record. A McDonald’s All-American Game selection, he was the MVP of the Les Schwab Invitational Tournament in December. A transfer from Forsyth Country Day School (Lewisville, N.C.), Lewis departed as that school’s career scoring leader with 1,927 career points.

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Eye on POY: Virginia boys basketball

March, 16, 2012
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The window on the Gatorade State Boys Basketball 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.

Jordan Adams
Senior forward, Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)

2011-12 Team record: 44-0
2011-12 Team standing: No. 1 ESPNHS ranking

2011-12 Points per game: 18.3
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 6.1
2011-12 Assists per game: 2.4
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.7
2011-12 Steals per game: 2.6

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: UCLA (NLI)

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Les Schwab Invitational Tournament All-Tournament Team; ESPNHS Class of 2012 No. 38-rated recruit.

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Virginia Girls Hoop POY: Caroline Coyer

March, 8, 2012
3/08/12
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Girls Basketball Player 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.

For her 50 fellow Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Caroline Coyer

THE BASICS

School: Oakton (Va.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Guard
Height: 5-foot-10

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Coyer has led the Cougars to a 29-0 record and a berth in the Group AAA state semifinals against Woodside (Newport News, Va.), played Wednesday. She averaged 14.3 points, 5.2 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 3.6 steals entering the state final four. A two-time Northern Region Player of the Year and a 2011 Group AAA First Team All-State selection, Coyer has scored 1,556 points and recorded 584 assists in her prep basketball career as one of two Group AAA players ever to reach 1,500 points and 500 assists.

Academic excellence: Coyer has maintained a 3.67 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: She has donated her time creating graphics and marketing materials for Fund It America, which raises money for wounded veteran associations. She has also volunteered locally at battered women’s shelters and as a youth basketball and soccer coach.

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