Gatorade Player of the Year

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Introduction

 

Gatorade Player of the Year website


A History of Honoring the Future


In 1985, The Gatorade Company established an award honoring America’s elite high school student-athletes. Now in its third decade, the Gatorade Player of the Year award has become one of the most prestigious accolades in high school sports. The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one award-winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school boys football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls basketball, boys baseball, girls softball and boys and girls track & field. The selection process for Gatorade State and National Players of the Year is administered by ESPN RISE, the multimedia high school division of ESPN, in partnership with The Gatorade Company. All final selection decisions are the result of a collaborative effort between ESPN RISE and The Gatorade Company.

Amongst Gatorade Player of the Year award alumni, fans will discover names like Peyton Manning, Candace Parker, Alonzo Mourning and Lisa Leslie. These champions represent only a handful of exceptional talents who were first recognized by the Gatorade Player of the Year program before shining at the highest levels of competition. Over the past 24 years, more than 10,500 state and 200 national Players of the Year have been honored for their athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character.

The Gatorade company is proud to recognize, celebrate and support the nation’s most outstanding high school talents throughout their journey to greatness both on and off the field.

In every state one athlete is selected in football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross county, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, boys baseball, girls softball and boys and girls track-and-field as the Gatorade Player of the Year for that sport. The Gatorade Player of the Year winners are evaluated and selected on the basis of outstanding athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary personal character demonstrated within and beyond competitive athletics. All state winners are then eligible for the Gatorade National Player of the Year award in their respective sports.


Past Gatorade Maine Football Player of the Year winners

 

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Year    Recipient    School    Position
2017   Owen Garrard   Scarborough   RB,LB
2016   Mike Laverriere   Thornton Academy   QB,S
2015   Joe Esposito   Portland   RB,LB
2014   Joe Fitzpatrick   Cheverus   RB,LB
2013   Ben Lucas   Cony   QB
2012   Andrew Libby   Thornton Academy   RB,S
2011   Louis DiTomasso   Wells   FB,LB
2010   Peter Gwilym   Cheverus   QB,S
2009   Jack Mallis   Windham   RB
2008   Jack Heary   Deering   RB, DB
2007   Justin Villacci   Gorham   RB, DB
2006   Jared Turcotte   Lewiston   RB, LB
2005   Ken Paul   Massabesic   FB, DE
2004   Matthew O'Donnell   Bonny Eagle   QB, FS
2003   Philippe Bourassa   Biddeford   QB, DB
2002   Carl Frye   Portland   RB
2001   Lee St. Hilaire   Winthrop   QB
2000   Quinton Porter   Portland   QB
1999   Sokha Meas   Deering   RB
1998   Robert Parisien   Biddeford   QB
1997   Tom Waterman   Bangor   QB
1996   Tim Lawson   South Portland   RB, LB
1995   Tim Lawson   South Portland   RB
1994   Jeremy Tardiff   Oxford Hills   RB, LB
1993   Keith Grenier   Biddeford   RB
1992   Bert Rich   South Portland   RB, DB
1991   Art Leveris Jr   Thornton Academy   RB
1990   Art Leveris   Thornton Academy   FB
1989   Bubba Lichtenberg   Bangor   QB, DB
1988   Matt Tobin   Dexter Regional   QB, K
1987   Kevin Smith   Cheverus   RB, LB
1986   Kevin Whitmore   Waterville   QB
1985   Mark Haines   Dexter Regional   RB