Return of the POY: Hawaii's Keiki Carlos

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: Keiki Carlos

School: Mid-Pacific Institute (Honolulu, Hawaii)

Grade: Senior

Position: RHP

2011 W-L: 17-3

2011 IP: 126

2011 ERA: 1.11

2011 K-BB: 130-36

2011 BA: .365

2011 HR: 3

2011 RBI: 19

2011 R: 24

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Hawaii Softball Player of the Year selection. Led the Owls (17-4) to the Division I state championship. Winning pitcher in all three of Mid-Pac’s 2011 state tournament victories. 2011 All-State Pitcher of the Year. 2011 Division I State Tournament Most Valuable Player. 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State selection. 2009-2011 First Team All-League selection. 2009-2011 First Team All-Tournament selection.

Academics: B-plus average

College: University of Hawaii

Extracurricular activities: A devoted parishioner of her church community, she is a member of the Spanish Club and has volunteered locally as a student ambassador on behalf of her school’s Holomua Honor Society.

Willie Quinn, head coach at Mid-Pacific Institute: “Any success that we achieved this season was because Keiki Carlos was on the mound for us. The fact that our school’s softball program did not experience any success until Carlos entered the program speaks for itself.”

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.

Tori Hamura: Senior infielder, Mid-Pacific Institute (Honolulu, Hawaii)

Brit Hawn: Senior utility player, Castle (Kaneohe, Hawaii)

Krystin Kubo: Senior outfielder, Leilehua (Wahiawa, Hawaii)

Alex Masaquel: Junior infielder, Iolani School (Honolulu, Hawaii)

Mysha Sataraka: Senior infielder, Punahou School (Honolulu, Hawaii)

Nalani Taniguchi: Senior pitcher, Iolani School (Honolulu, Hawaii)

Jaci Young: Junior pitcher, Punahou School (Honolulu, Hawaii)

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.