A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Softball 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: Kristen Brown
School: MacArthur (Levittown, N.Y.)
Athletic achievement: Brown led the Generals to a 20-4 record entering the Class AA Long Island Championship Game against East Islip, scheduled for June 5. She owned a .564 batting average with 14 home runs and 42 RBI at the plate, and an 8-3 record with a 2.27 ERA in the circle through 24 games. Brown is a two-time First Team All-Long Island selection and was a Second Team All-State honoree as a junior.
Academic excellence: Brown has maintained an A-minus average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: Also a volleyball standout, she has raised funds for breast cancer research and volunteered locally collecting Christmas gifts for needy children.
“Brown is the kind of kid you don’t worry about getting a hit every time, you worry about her getting a home run every time,” said Mike Muscara, head coach at rival Mepham (Bellmore, N.Y.). “She’s very good as a pitcher and she’s a tremendous shortstop. I’ve been coaching 30 years and she’s one of the top five players I’ve ever seen.”
THE FUTURE: Brown has signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball on scholarship at the University of North Carolina this fall.