Return of the POY: New Hampshire's Taylor Carbone

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: Taylor Carbone

School: Alvirne (Hudson, N.H.)

Grade: Senior

Position: RHP/1B

2011 W-L: 18-3

2011 IP: 139

2011 ERA: 132

2011 K: 205-27

2011 BA: .522

2011 HR: 3

2011 RBI: 26

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade New Hampshire Softball Player of the Year. Led the Broncos (20-3) to the 2011 Division I state championship. Owned a .794 slugging percentage as a junior. Three-time First Team All-State selection. Three-time Nashua Telegraph Player of the Year. Three-time Nashua Telegraph and Lowell Sun First Team All-Star.

Academics: A-minus average

College: University of Massachusetts

Extracurricular activities: A youth softball coach and camp counselor, she has volunteered locally on behalf of her school’s peer-leadership program and at an area shelter providing meals for needy families during the holidays.

Denise Rioux, head coach at Alvirne: “Taylor Carbone is a complete player, not just a pitcher. She plays the field well when she’s not pitching and she is one of the most feared hitters in our league. She is intensely competitive and a leader by example.”

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.

Sam Broderick: Junior pitcher/outfielder, Wilton-Lyndeborough (Wilton, N.H.)

Chelsea Caynon: Junior infielder, Campbell (Litchfield, N.H.)

Jacklyn Dubois: Senior catcher, Bishop Guertin (Nashua, N.H.)

Angela Mukai: Senior pitcher/infielder, Souhegan (Amherst, N.H.)

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.