Return of the POY: Ohio's Taylore Cherry

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: Taylore Cherry

School: Butler (Vandalia, Ohio)

Grade: Senior

Position: RHP

Height: 6-foot-10

Weight: 290 pounds

2011 W-L-S: 5-1-2

2011 IP: 47.2

2011 ERA: 0.63

2011 K-BB: 82-19

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Ohio Baseball Player of the Year. No. 43 ranked prospect in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNHS. Led the Aviators (27-3) to the 2011 Division I state quarterfinals. 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State selection. 2011 Aflac All-American.

Academics: B-plus average

College: University of North Carolina

Extracurricular activities: He has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics and as a youth basketball coach and camp counselor.

Chuck Harlow, head coach of rival Northmont (Clayton, Ohio): “Taylore Cherry is big and strong with a great arm. He is very competitive and gives Butler a chance to win every time he takes the field.”

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.

Matt Smoral: Senior right-handed pitcher, Solon (Ohio)

Xavier Turner: Senior third baseman, Sandusky (Ohio)

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.