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.
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THE WINNER: Maddie Stock
School: St. Joseph’s Academy (St. Louis, Mo.)
Athletic achievement: Stock averaged 17.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 5.0 steals, 3.2 assists and 2.3 blocks per game this past season, leading the Angels (25-6) to the Class 5 state quarterfinals. A three-time Class 5 All-State selection and a three-time St. Louis Post Dispatch All-Metro pick, she connected on 99 attempts from 3-point range as a senior. Stock concluded her prep basketball career with 1,800 points.
Academic excellence: Stock has maintained a 3.88 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A member of the Mu Alpha Theta mathematics honor society, she has volunteered locally at an area food bank and as a youth counselor.
“Everyone knows they have a shot to beat St. Joe’s if they can stop Maddie Stock and nobody can stop her,” said Paul Stoecklin, head coach at Visitation Academy (St. Louis, Mo.). “Maddie is the best shooter I’ve seen in 24 years of high school coaching.”
THE FUTURE: Stock has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on an athletic scholarship at the University of Missouri this fall.