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Schnell Named Gatorade Player of The Year
by Rob Brown, 6 mos agoits 33rd year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, today announced Nick Schnell of Roncalli High School as its 2017-18 Gatorade Indiana Baseball Player of the Year. Schnell is the first Gatorade Indiana Baseball Player of the Year to be chosen from Roncalli High School.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Schnell as Indiana’s best high school baseball player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year, Schnell joins an elite alumni association of past state award- winners in 12 sports, including Derek Jeter (1991-92, Kalamazoo High School, Mich.), Jon Lester (2001-02, Bellarmine Preparatory School, Wash.), David Price (2003-04, Blackman High School, Tenn.), Clayton Kershaw (2005-06, Highland Park High School, Texas), Rick Porcello (2006-2007, Seaton Hall Preparatory School, N.J.) and Kris Bryant (2009-10, Bonanza High School, Nev.).
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound senior centerfielder had led the Rebels (25-5) to a berth in the Class 4A regionals at the time of his selection. Schnell is batting .541 (46-for-85) with 15 home runs, 36 RBI and 50 runs scored through 30 games. Schnell also walked 37 times and cranked four triples to elevate his on-base percentage to .674, in addition to swiping 19 bases in 20 attempts. A participant in the 2017 Perfect Game All-American Classic, Schnell is ranked No. 16 in Baseball America’s Top High School Prospects list. “Nick winning Gatorade Player of the Year is well deserved,” said Roncalli head baseball coach Aaron Kroll. “In addition to his tremendous talent, what makes him great is his desire to be great and his work ethic. He has put up numbers in his Roncalli career that we may never see again.”
The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade Player of the Year Selection Committee, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.
Schnell joins recent Gatorade Indiana Baseball Players of the Year Garrett Schoenle (2016-17, Northrop High School), T.J. Collett (2015-16, Terre Haute North Vigo High School), Ashe Russell (2014-15 & 2013-14, Cathedral High School), Trey Ball (2012-13, New Castle High School), Will Coursen-Carr (2011-12, South Side High School), Dillon Peters (2010–11, Cathedral High School), Justin O'Conner (2009-10, Cowan High School), Cameron Perkins (2008–09, Southport High School), Alex Meyer (2007-08, Greensburg Community High School), and Jarrod Parker (2006-07, Norwell High School) among the state’s list of former award winners.
As a Gatorade Player of the Year, Nick will be able to select a national or local youth sports organization to receive a grant as part of the Gatorade Play It Forward program. Every Gatorade Player of the Year state winner receives a $1,000 grant to donate and will have the opportunity to enter for an additional $10,000 spotlight grant by writing a brief essay explaining why their selected organization deserves additional support. 12 spotlight grants – one for each sport – will be announced throughout the year.
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