Return of the POY: Louisiana's Gavin Cecchini

The Gatorade State Baseball 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: Gavin Cecchini

School: Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)

Grade: Senior

Position: Shortstop

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 180 pounds

2011 BA: .548

2011 HR: 10

2011 RBI: 41

2011 R: 39

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Louisiana Baseball Player of the Year. No. 8 ranked prospect in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNHS. Led the Bucs (24-9) to the Class 5A state quarterfinals. 2011 Under Armour All-American. 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State selection.

Academics: A average

College: University of Mississippi

Extracurricular activities: An active member of his parish community, he has volunteered locally on behalf of an area homeless shelter, as an elementary school motivational guest speaker and and as part of multiple community service initiatives in association with his church youth group.

Darron Mitchell, head coach of rival Parkview Baptist (Baton Rouge, La.): “Gavin Cecchini is an extremely good baseball player. He’s a very good hitter with pop and he looks like he enjoys the game of baseball.”

Each Gatorade State Player of the Year is challenged by thousands of fellow high school athletes. These are a few of the returning boys soccer underclassmen that also contended in 2010-11.

Kolby Copeland: Senior outfielder, Parkway (Bossier City, La.)

Stryker Trahan: Senior infielder, Acadiana (Scott, La.)

Garrett Williams: Junior left-handed pitcher, Calvary Baptist Academy (Shreveport, La.)

Justin Williams: Junior outfielder, Terrebonne (Houma, La.)

A dedicated ESPNHS POY team manages the Gatorade Player of the Year selection process and oversees all research, reporting, comparative analysis and criteria-compliance on the program’s behalf. Candidates are judged on athletic production and impact in the current season. Contenders must demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Senior status has no bearing on a candidate’s merit and selections are made independent of ESPNHS recruit rankings.

To nominate a student-athlete for Player of the Year honors, contact the POY team at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.