THE WINNER: Connor Jones
School: Great Bridge (Chesapeake, Va.)
Weight: 205 pounds
Athletic achievement: He led the Wildcats to a 19-2 record and a berth in the Class AAA regional quarterfinals, scheduled for May 27. Jones owned an 8-1 record with a 0.73 ERA and 65 strikeouts against just 12 walks in 48 innings-pitched entering the regional round of eight. Jones batted .296 with nine runs scored and six RBI. A 2012 WWBA World Championship All-Tournament selection, he was the winning pitcher in the 2011 Class AAA state championship game as a sophomore and the 2012 Under Armour All-America Game this past summer.
Academic excellence: Jones has maintained a 3.62 weighted GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society and his school’s student council, he has donated his time as an education intern at Great Bridge Intermediate School in addition to volunteering locally on behalf of Mayor’s Youth Day.
“I have coached in the district for 29 years, and I believe the Player of the Year search should end with Connor Jones,” said Steve West, head coach of rival Indian River (Chesapeake, Va.). “He has been as dominant a pitcher that has come through this area in a long time. That really is saying a lot.”
THE FUTURE: Jones has signed with Virginia, but is projected as an early round selection in next month’s Major League Baseball first-year player draft.