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.
For his 47 fellow Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year winners, click here.
THE WINNER: Will Coursen-Carr
School: South Side (Fort Wayne, Ind.)
Weight: 205 pounds
Athletic achievement: Coursen-Carr led the Archers (18-9) to a berth in the Class 4A regional tournament, scheduled to begin Saturday. At the time of his selection, he owned an 8-1 record with one save, a 0.37 ERA and 114 strikeouts in 56 innings. A 2011 First Team All-State honoree, Coursen-Carr also batted .500 with three home runs and 15 RBI through 27 games.
Academic excellence: Coursen-Carr has maintained a 4.01 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church community, he has volunteered locally as a youth baseball coach and on behalf of multiple community service initiatives in association with the National Honor Society.
“Will Coursen-Carr excelled against our program, as well as a bunch of other programs this year,” said Ben Fawbush, head coach at Belmont (Ind.). “He has control both mentally and physically on the mound. When we did hit him, he didn’t get rattled. He is an asset to his team both offensively and defensively.”
THE FUTURE: Coursen-Carr has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on an athletic scholarship at Indiana University this fall.