MACKENZIE GORE and SYDNEY MCLAUGHLIN Named Gatorade High School Athletes of the Year

2017-07-12

Gore and McLaughlin were honored at the awards dinner emceed by ESPN SportsCenter On The Road Host Sage Steele and attended by Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves center and 2014 Gatorade Male High School Athlete of the Year), Abby Wambach (former U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team forward and 1997-98 Gatorade New York Girls Soccer Player of the Year), D’Angelo Russell (Brooklyn Nets point guard and No. 2 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft), Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers quarterback and Super Bowl XLV MVP), April Ross (Olympic Silver Medalist and 1999-2000 Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year), Tamika Catchings (4-time Olympic Gold Medalist and 1996-97 Gatorade Texas Girls Basketball Player of the Year), Christian McCaffrey (Carolina Panthers running back and 2012-13 and 2013-14 Gatorade Colorado Football Player of the Year), and Deshaun Watson (Houston Texans quarterback and 2013-14 Gatorade Georgia Football Player of the Year).

Established in 1985, 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. One National Player of the Year is awarded in each sport. In addition to athletic excellence, the award recognizes academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the field. In 2003, the Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year awards were established to identify and honor the nation’s top overall male and female high school athletes from among the 12 Gatorade National Players of the Year recognized during the high school athletic season.

All Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year nominees will walk The ESPYS red carpet and be featured as special guests during The ESPYS. The show will take place Wednesday evening and air live on ABC at 8:00 p.m. ET.

“For 32 years, Gatorade has had the privilege of honoring the best and brightest athletes in sport by awarding them the Gatorade Player of the Year not only for excelling on the playing field, but also in their classrooms and communities,” said Gatorade Senior Vice President and General Manager Brett O’Brien. “MacKenzie and Sydney embody the true spirit of the Gatorade brand at its core and we’re excited to see what’s in store for their futures.”

2017 GATORADE HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS

MacKenzie Gore: The 6-foot-2, 175-pound senior left-handed pitcher, outfielder and first baseman led the Wolfpack to a 21-6 record and the Class 1A state championship. Gore posted a 9-0 record on the mound with a 0.22 ERA and 132 strikeouts in 63.1 innings through 27 games. He also batted .480 with six home runs, 25 RBI and an .880 slugging percentage.

Ranked as the nation’s No. 4 recruit in the Class of 2017 by Baseball America Ranked No. 5 by Perfect Game Member of the National Honor Society Volunteered on behalf of Rady’s Children’s Hospital in San Diego and in association with his church youth group 4.07 weighted GPA Drafted No. 3 overall to the San Diego Padres in the 2017 Major League Baseball draft

Sydney McLaughlin: The returning Gatorade Female High School Athlete of the Year broke her own national high school and World Junior (Under-20) records in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles with a time of 54.03 seconds at the Non-Public A championship meet this past season. She also won the 400-meter dash in a meet-record 51.88 and the 200-meter dash in a state-record 22.96, both of which ranked as the No. 1 times among U.S. prep competitors in 2017.

Won the 400 hurdles at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor in 54.22—the seventh national title of her career to go with a World Youth title Her 38.90 time in the 300 hurdles at April’s Arcadia Invitational set another national prep record by more than a full second Clocked the fastest 400-meter relay split in high school history (49.85) at NBNO Broke national records in both the 300 and 400-meter races during the indoor season 3.46 GPA Volunteer for the Central Jersey Chapter of HOPE Worldwide Participated in multiple community service projects, including distributing fire safety and disaster relief information on behalf of the American Red Cross Served as a soup kitchen staffer and as part of a teen outreach project in association with her church community Donated her time to Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts Signed a National Letter of Intent to compete on an athletic scholarship at the University of Kentucky this fall

2017 GATORADE HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARD NOMINEES

The 2016-17 Gatorade National Players of the Year representing six male and six female sports who were nominated for the Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year awards.

NAME

SPORT

HIGH SCHOOL

BOUND FOR…

GIRLS

Lexi Sun

Volleyball

Santa Fe Christian High School (Solana Beach, Calif.)

University of Texas

Brie Oakley

Cross Country

Grandview High School (Aurora, Colo.)

University of California Berkeley

Megan Walker

Basketball

Monacan High School (North Chesterfield, Va.)

University of Connecticut

Kennedy Wesley

Soccer

Valley Christian High School (Cerritos, Calif.)

H.S. Junior

Taylor Dockins

Softball

Norco High School (Norco, Calif.)

Cal State-Fullerton

Sydney McLaughlin

Track & Field

Union Catholic High School (Scotch Plains, N.J.)

University of Kentucky

BOYS

Tate Martell

Football

Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas)

Ohio State University

Casey Clinger

Cross Country

American Fork High School (American Fork, Utah)

Brigham Young University

Michael Porter, Jr.

Basketball

Nathan Hale High School (Seattle)

University of Missouri

Umar Farouk Osman

Soccer

The Hotchkiss School (Lakeville, Conn.)

University of Michigan

MacKenzie Gore

Baseball

Whiteville High School (Whiteville, N.C.)

San Diego Padres Organization

Armand Duplantis

Track & Field

Lafayette High School (Lafayette, La.)

H.S. Senior

PAST GATORADE HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS

Former winners of Gatorade Male and Female High School Athlete of the Year honorees include:

2003

Male:

LeBron James / Basketball (Akron, Ohio / Cleveland Cavaliers)

Female:

Allyson Felix / Track & Field (Los Angeles / USA Track & Field)

2004

Male:

Dwight Howard / Basketball (Atlanta, Ga. / Charlotte Hornets)

Female:

Candace Parker / Basketball (Naperville, Ill. / Los Angeles Sparks)

2005

Male:

Greg Paulus / Football (Syracuse, N.Y. / Ohio State Coaching Staff)

Female:

Cynthia Barboza / Volleyball (Long Beach, Calif. / Retired Pro Athlete)

2006

Male:

Greg Oden / Basketball (Indianapolis, Ind. / Retired Pro Athlete)

Female:

Tina Charles / Basketball (New York / New York Liberty)

2007

Male:

Kevin Love / Basketball (Lake Oswego, Oregon / Cleveland Cavaliers)

Female:

Maya Moore / Basketball (Suwanee, Ga. / Minnesota Lynx)

2008

Male:

Matt Barkley / Football (Santa Ana, Calif. / San Francisco 49ers)

Female:

Chanelle Price / Track & Field (Easton, Penn. / USA Track & Field)

2009

Male:

Garrett Gilbert / Football (Austin, Texas / Carolina Panthers)

Female:

Skylar Diggins / Basketball (South Bend, Ind. / Dallas Wings)

2010

Male:

Brandon Knight (Fort Lauderdale, Fla. / Phoenix Suns) 

Female:

Chiney Ogwumike (Cypress, Texas / Connecticut Sun)

2011

Male:

Dylan Bundy (Owasso, Okla. / Baltimore Orioles)

Female:

Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga. / U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team)

2012

Male:

Johnathan Gray (Aledo, Texas / University of Texas)

Female:

Breanna Stewart (Cicero, N.Y. / Seattle Storm)

2013

Male:

Andrew Wiggins (Huntington, W.Va. / Minnesota Timberwolves)

Female:

Morgan Andrews (Milford, N.H. / Boston Breakers)

2014

Male:

Karl-Anthony Towns (Metuchen, N.J. / Minnesota Timberwolves)

Female:

Brianna Turner (Manvel, Texas / Notre Dame)

2015

Male:

Kyler Murray (Allen, Texas / University of Oklahoma)

Female:

Candace Hill (Conyers, Ga. / ASICS Sprinter)

2016

Male:

Jayson Tatum (St. Louis, Mo. / Boston Celtics)

Female:

Sydney McLaughlin (Scotch Plains, N.J. / Union Catholic High School)

For more information on the Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year awards and the Gatorade Player of the Year program, visit www.gatorade.com/poy.

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