High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: William Penn Charter School

Pennsylvania Baseball POY: Kenny Koplove

May, 30, 2012
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: Kenny Koplove


School: William Penn Charter School
(Philadelphia, Pa.)
Grade: Senior
Position: RHP/SS
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 160 pounds


Athletic achievement: Koplove led the Quakers (20-5) to the Pennsylvania Independent Schools League semifinals this past season. He posted a 9-1 record with a 2.06 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 48 innings on the mound. A three-time First Team All-State selection, Koplove also batted .347 with 19 RBI and 18 runs scored.

Academic excellence: Koplove has maintained a B-plus average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of a project to build a community walkway along his school’s athletic facilities and as a youth baseball coach.

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Eye on POY: Pennsylvania Baseball

May, 27, 2012
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.

Danny Hoy
Senior shortstop, Germantown Academy (Fort Washington)

2012 Team record: 20-7
2012 Team standing: Lost in Pennsylavania Independent Schools tournament quarterfinals

2012 Batting average: .464
2012 RBI: 29
2012 Runs: 49

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Princeton

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-State; 2010 and 2010 First Team All-League

Kenny Koplove
Senior RHP/shortstop, William Penn Charter School (Philadelphia)

2012 Team record: 20-4
2012 Team standing: Will play in Pennsylvania Independent Schools tournament semifinals on May 27.

2012 W-L record: 9-1
2012 ERA: 2.06
2012 Strikeouts: 80
2012 Innings: 48

2012 Batting average: .347
2012 RBI: 19
2012 Runs: 18

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Duke

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2009-2011 First Team All-State; 2009 and 2010 League MVP; 2011 Area Code Games Participant; 2009-2011 First Team All-City

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.

Joe DeCarlo: Senior infielder, Garnet Valley (Glen Mills)
Joe Ravert: Senior infielder/RHP, Malvern Prep (Malvern)
Preston Bare: Senior outfielder, Palmyra (PA)

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.