A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in this winner based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011-12 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.
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THE WINNER: Brett Sunde
School: Bishop Foley Catholic
(Madison Heights, Mich.)
Weight: 195 pounds
Athletic achievement: Sunde led the Ventures (34-3) to a Catholic League title entering the Division 3 state tournament, scheduled to begin May 29. At the time of his selection, he batted .500 with 43 RBI, 40 runs scored and a .664 on-base percentage. A two-time First Team All-State honoree, Sunde also helped Bishop Foley win the 2011 Division 3 state title as a junior.
Academic excellence: Sunde has maintained a 3.27 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of the Salvation Army and as a youth baseball coach, and participated in an effort to remodel a handicapped-accessible home for an area quadriplegic resident.
“Brett Sunde has been a tremendous player in our area,” said Andy Schramek, head coach at Lake Orion (Mich.). “He can control a game from behind the plate and in the batter’s box. I haven’t seen any other player this year that I would consider to be better than him.”
THE FUTURE: Sunde has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on an athletic scholarship at Western Michigan University this fall.