The Gatorade State Baseball Players of the Year were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2015-16 season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.
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THE WINNER: Cacy Harper
School: Berryhill (Tulsa, Okla.)
Weight: 230 pounds
Athletic achievement: He batted .484 with seven home runs and 55 RBI, posting a .584 on-base percentage in leading the Chiefs (34-6) to the Class 4A state final this past season. The 2016 Tulsa Seven League Player of the Year, Harper threw out 25-of-31 would-be base-stealers from behind the plate.
Academic excellence: Harper has maintained a weighted 3.13 GPA.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of an elementary school literacy-outreach program and his school’s peer leadership organization in addition to serving as a youth baseball coach.
“Cacy Harper is an excellent ballplayer and a great teammate,” said David Yates, head coach at Cushing High. “Without him, his team would not have the success that they are having. If I were to start a team, he would be the first kid I would call. He is an excellent student and is a hard worker.”
THE FUTURE: Harper has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at Oral Roberts University this fall.