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Eye on POY: Alaska Baseball

The window on the Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Zach Ferntheil

Junior RHP/first baseman, Service (Anchorage)

2012 Team record: 11-2

2012 Team standing: Will begin state tournament on May 31

2012 W-L record: 3-0-2

2012 ERA: 1.12

2012 Strikeouts: 25

2012 Batting average: .423

2012 Slugging percentage: .500

2012 OPS: 1.014

Academics: B average

Collegiate destination: HS Junior

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-Conference

Lance Ibesate

Senior RHP/shortstop, Juneau-Douglas (Juneau)

2012 Team record: 13-3

2012 Team standing: Will begin state tournament on May 31

2012 Batting average: .564

2012 RBI: 8

2012 Runs: 20

2012 W-L record: 3-0

2012 ERA: 2.00

2012 Strikeouts: 35

2012 Innings: 21

Academics: B average

Collegiate destination: Undecided

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-Conference

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign.

Garrett Brown: Senior catcher, Service (Anchorage)

Max Karnos: Senior RHP, South Anchorage (Anchorage)

Kyle Kornegay: SR RHP/first baseman, Dimond (Anchorage)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.