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Will Coursen-Carr, a pitcher at South Side, has been named Gatorade's Indiana Baseball Player of the Year.

South Side senior named Player of Year

South Side senior pitcher Will Coursen-Carr has been named the 2011-12 Gatorade Indiana Baseball Player of the Year.

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound senior left-handed pitcher and first baseman has led the Archers (18-9) to the Class 4A regional Saturday at Lafayette's Loeb Stadium.

At the time of his selection, Coursen-Carr was 8-1 with one save, a 0.37 ERA and 114 strikeouts in 56 innings.

He also hit .500, with three home runs and 15 RBI through 27 games.

Coursen-Carr is the first Gatorade Indiana Baseball Player of the Year from South Side.

"Will Coursen-Carr excelled against our program, as well as a bunch of other programs this year," Bellmont coach Ben Fawbush said in a statement from Gatorade. "He has control both mentally and physically on the mound. When we did hit him, he didn't get rattled. He is an asset to his team both offensively and defensively."

Coursen-Carr has maintained a 4.01 GPA in the classroom. A devoted member of his church community, he has volunteered locally as a youth baseball coach and on behalf of multiple community service initiatives in association with the National Honor Society.

Coursen-Carr has signed with Indiana University.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Coursen-Carr as Indiana's best high school baseball player and as a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year award.

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, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport.

The selection process is administered by ESPNHS and the Gatorade high school sports leadership team, 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.

High School Sports Editor Greg Jones on prep sports.