May 29, 2014
EAST LANSING - Incoming freshman Kory Young has been named the Gatorade Michigan Baseball Player of the Year, it was announced this week by The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports. The award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence as well as high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field.
Young has led Rockford High School to 31-3-1 record entering district play this weekend. The senior shortstop signed a National Letter of Intent in Nov. 2013 and will join the Spartans this fall.
At the time of his selection, Young was hitting .405 with 31 runs scored. He also had 14 RBIs and a .519 slugging percentage. Last season as a junior he was voted to the MHSBCA All-State Dream Team and was also named the MLive.com Grand Rapids Player of the Year.
Young has been just as impressive in the classroom, posting 4.12 grade-point average.
The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states in 12 sports and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade high school sports leadership team in partnership with USA TODAY High School Sports, 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.