The window on the Gatorade State Softball 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.
Junior Pitcher, Union Grove High (McDonough, GA)
2012 Team record: 33-6
2012 Team standing: Fifth place in Class 4A
2012 Batting average: .411
2012 RBI: 50
2012 Home runs: 10
2012 W-L record: 22-4
2012 ERA: 0.59
2012 Strikeouts: 232
Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Michigan (verbal)
How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: First Team All-State; Class 4A Pitcher of the Year; First Team All-Region.
Geri Ann Glasco
Senior Pitcher, Oconee County High (Watkinsville, GA)
2012 Team record: 38-2
2012 Team standing: Won Class 3A state title
2012 Batting average: .564
2012 RBI: 62
2012 Home runs: 24
2012 W-L record: 19-0
2012 ERA: 0.50
2012 Strikeouts: 213
Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Georgia
How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Class 3A Player of the Year; First Team All-State; Set state single-season HR record.
Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Softball 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.
Jessica Burroughs: Senior Pitcher, Houston County High (Warner Robins, GA)
Tiffany Howard: Senior Shortstop/Pitcher, Bryan County High (Pembroke, GA)
Brandi Jones: Senior Pitcher, Brookwood High (Snellville, GA)
Angie Hughes: Senior Pitcher, Union County High (Blairsville, GA)
Courtney Poole: Senior Pitcher, Oconee County High (Watkinsville, GA)
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.