High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Washington

Washington Boys Track AOY: Marcus Dickson

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: Marcus Dickson

THE BASICS

School: White River (Buckley, Wash.)
Grade: Senior
Event(s): Middle-distance/distance
Height: 6-foot
Weight: 160 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Dickson won the 800-meter run in 1:52.84 and the 1,600-meter run in 4:10.79 at the Class 2A state meet this spring, leading the Hornets to a second-place finish as a team. He also placed second in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 9:04.91. A two-time South Puget Sound League Track Athlete of the Year, his best times in the 800 (1:49.33), 1,500 (3:54.44), 1,600 (4:05.83) and mile (4:03.18) all ranked among the nation’s top 15 performances by prep competitors in 2012 at the time of his selection.

Academic excellence: Dickson has maintained a 3.72 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: An Eagle Scout, he has volunteered locally with White River High special-needs students, in neighborhood beautification projects and as part of multiple community service initiatives in association with his church youth group.

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South Dakota Girls Track AOY: Kari Heck

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: Kari Heck

THE BASICS

School: Washington (Sioux Falls, S.D.)
Grade: Senior
Event(s): Sprints/jumps
Height: 5-foot-4

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Heck won three individual state championships this spring and led the Warriors to the Class AA state title as a team. She won the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.52 seconds, the 200-meter dash in 25.19, the 400-meter dash in 55.91 and earned second place in the long jump with a leap of 18 feet, six and one quarter inches. The 2010-11 Gatorade South Dakota Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year, Heck competed at the prestigious Arcadia Invitational in California where she earned 19th place in the 100 with a time of 12.39, 10th place in the 200 in 25.07 and third in the long jump (18 feet, eight inches). She also competed at June’s New Balance Outdoor National championships, where her third-place leap of 19 feet, three and one quarter inches ranked as the nation’s No. 22 long jump by a prep competitor at the time of her selection.

Academic excellence: Heck has maintained a 4.0 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A devoted member of her church community, she has volunteered locally on behalf of an area nursing home. She also organized a track and field fundraiser called “Jump for Joy” to benefit and increase awareness of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Washington Girls Track AOY: Amy-Eloise Neale

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: Amy-Eloise Neale

THE BASICS

School: Glacier Peak (Snohomish, Wash.)
Grade: Junior
Event(s): Middle-distance/distance
Height: 5-foot-10

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: A two-time Gatorade Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year and the state’s returning Gatorade Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year, Neale won the 800-meter run at the Class 3A state championships this spring with a meet-record time of 2:10.32 and led the Grizzlies to a third-place finish as a team. Also the state meet record-holder in the 1,600-meter run (4:46.56) and the 3,200-meter run (10:12.33), she was ranked in the top 40 nationally in 2012 among prep competitors in the 800, 1,500, 1,600, Mile and the 3,200 at the time of her selection.

Academic excellence: Neale has maintained a 4.0 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A pianist and flutist, she has volunteered locally as a member of her Girl Scout Troop, at a community garden and on behalf of a food bank.

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Washington Softball POY: Madi Schreyer

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: Madi Schreyer

THE BASICS

School: Woodinville (Wash.)
Grade: Junior
Position: Pitcher
Height: 5-foot-11

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Schreyer led the Falcons (26-0) to the Class 4A state championship this past season. She posted a 21-0 record with a 0.28 ERA and 189 strikeouts in 123 innings pitched. A member of the Canadian Junior National Team, Schreyer allowed 28 hits and walked 33 batters, holding opponents to a .088 batting average. In the state final, she gave up three hits and struck out eight in a 6-0 win over defending champion Walla Walla (Wash.).

Academic excellence: Schreyer has maintained a 3.91 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally as an elementary school teaching assistant, a peer mentor/tutor and as a youth softball coach.

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Washington Baseball POY: Trevor Lane

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: Trevor Lane

THE BASICS

School: Mount Si (Snoqualmie, W.Va.)
Grade: Senior
Position: LHP/OF/1B
Height: 6-foot
Weight: 195 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Lane posted a 7-1 record on the mound along with a 2.15 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 48.67 innings this past season, leading the Wildcats (20-4) to the Class 3A state semifinals. A 2011 First Team All-State selection, he also batted .446 with 19 RBI, 23 runs-scored and 11 stolen bases in 12 attempts.

Academic excellence: Lane has maintained a 3.18 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally in association with his school’s Food Ball, preparing meals and gathering canned goods for needy families. He has also donated his time as a youth baseball coach.

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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.

Trevor Lane
Senior LHP/outfielder, Mount Si (Snoqualmie)

2012 Team record: 20-4
2012 Team standing: Lost in Class 3A quarterfinals

2012 W-L record: 7-1
2012 ERA: 2.15
2012 Strikeouts: 77
2012 Innings: 48.67

2012 Batting average: .446
2012 RBI: 19
2012 Runs: 23

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-League; 2012 Team Captain

Reese McGuire
Junior catcher, Kentwood (Covington)

2012 Team record: 25-2
2012 Team standing: Won Class 4A state title

2012 Batting average: .460
2012 RBI: 30
2012 Runs: 21

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: San Diego (verbal commitment)

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-League; 2011 Area Code Games Participant; 2012 Under Armour All-American invitee;

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Baseball 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.

Jonny Locher: Senior outfielder, Highline (Burien)
Sam Brown: Senior LHP, Jackson (Mill Creek)
Clint Coulter: Senior catcher, Union (Camas)
Reese Karalus: Senior RHP, Mount Si (Snoqualmie)

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.

Washington Boys Soccer POY: Jordan Morris

May, 15, 2012
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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: Jordan Morris

THE BASICS

School: Mercer Island (Wash.)
Grade: Junior
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5-foot-11
Weight: 175 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Morris has led the Islanders to an 11-1-4 record and a berth in the Class 3A state tournament, scheduled to begin Wednesday. He scored 21 goals and passed for 15 assists in the regular season. The 2012 KingCo League MVP, Morris is a two-time First Team All-League selection. He entered the postseason with 31 goals and 26 assists in his prep soccer career.

Academic excellence: Morris has maintained a 3.92 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally with a fundraising campaign to benefit juvenile diabetes research, as a peer mentor and advisor and as part of multiple community service initiatives in association with his church youth group.

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Eye on POY: Washington 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.

Jordan Morris
Junior midfielder, Mercer Island (Wash.)

2012 Team record: 11-1-4
2012 Team standing: Class 3A state tournament begins May 16

2012 Goals: 21
2012 Assists: 15
Career goals: 31
Career assists: 26

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Stanford University (verbal)

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Averaging 2.4 points per game this season. 2012 KingCo League Most Valuable Player. 2011 First Team All-KingCo League selection.

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Return of the POY: Washington's Alyson Ambler

May, 4, 2012
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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: Alyson Ambler
School: Walla Walla (Wash.)

Grade: Senior
Position: RHP/1B

2011 W-L: 15-0
2011 IP: 98
2011 ERA: 0.57
2011 K-BB: 171-20

2011 BA: .506
2011 HR: 9
2011 RBI: 34
2011 R: 36

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Washington Softball Player of the Year. Led the Blue Devils (27-1) to the 2011 Class 4A state championship. Owned a 1.011 slugging percentage and .581 on-base percentage as a junior. 2011 Columbia Basin Big 9 4A Division Most Valuable Player. Two-time Columbia Basin Big 9 4A Division First Team selection.

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Washington Boys Hoop POY: Jordan Chatman

March, 22, 2012
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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: Jordan Chatman

THE BASICS

School: Union (Camas, Wash.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Guard
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 195 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Chatman averaged 20.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.9 steals per game this past season, leading the Titans (21-8) to a third-place finish at the Class 4A state tournament. In three games at the state championships, he averaged 27.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.3 assists, including a full-court shot as time expired in the state semifinals, capturing tournament MVP honors. The State Player of the Year as named by the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association, Chatman shot 41.1 percent from the field and 36.3 percent from 3-point range.

Academic excellence: Chatman has maintained a 3.19 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: In addition to volunteering countless hours on behalf of his church, he will complete a two-year service mission in Taiwan upon finishing high school.

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Eye on POY: Washington boys basketball

March, 19, 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 Chatman
Senior guard, Union (Camas, Wash.)

2011-12 Team record: 21-8 (Class 4A)
2011-12 Team standing: Lost Class 4A state semifinal to Central Valley (Spokane Valley, Wash.), 52-51

2011-12 Points per game: 20.7
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 6.3
2011-12 Assists per game: 2.7
2011-12 Blocks per game: 1.0
2011-12 Steals per game: 1.9

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Brigham Young University

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Averaged 27.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.3 assists in three Class 4A state tournament games. Sunk a full-court shot as time expired in the 52-51 state semifinal loss to Central Valley. Played a schedule of opponents with a .576 winning percentage and 20 games against winning teams. No. 51 ranked point guard in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU. 2012 State Player of the Year as named by the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association. 2012 First Team All-State selection as named by The Seattle Times and The News Tribune. 2012 Class 4A state tournament Most Valuable Player.

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POY Alumni: Populating Wooden nominees

March, 8, 2012
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Skylar Diggins, Indiana, POY Alumni, Washington, girlsAssociated PressNotre Dame junior guard and John R. Wooden Award finalist Skylar Diggins captured 2008-09 Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year honors and two Gatorade Indiana Girls Basketball Player of the Year awards.
Of the 15 women finalists for this year’s John R. Wooden Award, a majority are former Gatorade Player of the Year honorees --nine in all.

Nominees include three former Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year winners in Notre Dame junior guard Skylar Diggins of Washington (South Bend, Ind.), Stanford senior forward Nneka Ogwumike of Cy-Fair (Cypress, Texas) and Stanford sophomore forward Chiney Ogwumike of Cy-Fair.

Five 2012 Wooden finalists were twice recognized as State Player of the Year during their high school career: Delaware junior wing Elena Delle Donne of Ursuline Academy (Wilmington, Del./2005-06, 2007-08) and Tennessee senior wing Shekinna Stricklen of Morrilton (Morrilton, Ark./2005-06, 2007-08) along with Diggins (2007-09), the elder Ogwumike sister (2006-08) and the only freshman among this year’s finalists, Duke center Elizabeth Williams of Princess Anne (Virginia Beach, Va./2009-11).

Other POY alumni contending for college basketball’s ultimate honor this year include Baylor junior center Brittney Griner of Nimitz (Texas/2008-09), Ohio State senior guard Samantha Prahalis of Commack (Commack, N.Y./2007-08) and Kentucky junior guard A’dia Mathies of Iroquois (Louisville, Ky.).

Last month, Delle Donne, who owns a 3.6 GPA, was named the NCAA Academic All-America of the Year.

Washington Girls Hoop POY: Brittany McPhee

March, 8, 2012
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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.

Gatorade POY, Brittany McPhee, girls, Mount Rainier, Washington
HoopGurlz/ESPNHSBrittany McPhee led Mount Rainier (Des Moines, Wash.) to third place in the Class 4A state tournament.
THE WINNER: Brittany McPhee

THE BASICS

School: Mount Rainier (Des Moines, Wash.)
Grade: Sophomore
Position: Wing
Height: 5-foot-11

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: McPhee averaged 22.7 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals, 2.8 assists and 2.6 blocks per game this season, leading the Rams (27-2) to a third-place finish at the Class 4A state tournament, capturing First Team All-Tournament honors. Also a First Team All-Area selection as named by The Seattle Times, she earned South Puget Sound League North Most Valuable Player recognition and has set single-season and career school records for scoring and blocks in just two prep seasons.

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Eye on POY: Washington girls basketball

March, 2, 2012
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The window on the Gatorade State Girls 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.

Eye on POY, Katie Collier, Seattle Christian, girls, Washington
Glenn Nelson/ESPNHSKatie Collier earned McDonald's All-American status despite battling a rare form of leukemia this season.
Katie Collier
Senior post, Seattle Christian
(Covington, Wash.)

2011-12 Team record: 16-10
(Class 1A)
2011-12 Team standing: lost Class 1A regional final to Onalaska (Lewis, Wash.), 43-25

2011-12 Points per game: 16.5
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 11.5
2011-12 Assists per game: 3.2
2011-12 Blocks per game: 3.4
2011-12 Steals per game: 2.2

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: University of Washington

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Concluded her prep career with 17 points, four rebounds and two blocks in 28 minutes during a 43-25 loss to Onalaska in the Class 1A regional finals. Averaged 25.7 points, 17.9 rebounds, 5.3 blocks, 5.0 assists and 3.4 steals per 32 minutes. Battling a rare form of leukemia, missed eight of her team’s 26 games and averaged just 20.5 minutes per contest -- often playing through the effects of her chemotherapy treatments. No. 21 ranked recruit in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNHS. 2012 McDonald’s All-American. 2012 First Team All-Area selection as named by The Seattle Times. 2011 and 2012 Nisqually League Most Valuable Player. 2009 Class 1A state champion.

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Washington Girls Soccer POY: Isabel Farrell

February, 9, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed this past fall's Gatorade State Girls 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 her 21 fellow Gatorade State Fall Girls Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Isabel Farrell

THE BASICS

School: Interlake (Bellevue, Wash.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5-foot-5

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Farrell led the Saints to a 17-3-1 record and the Class 2A state championship this past season. In her only season of high school soccer, she scored nine goals and passed for 14 assists, including an assist on the lone goal in Interlake’s 1-0 win over Cedarcrest High in the state final. A member of the U.S. Soccer Under-18 Women’s National Team and a two-time Youth All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America for club play, Farrell was named the Washington State Soccer Coaches Association Class 2A State MVP.

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

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of the Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club, the International District/Chinatown Community Center and as a youth soccer coach.

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