Greensburg’s own baseball star Alex Meyer can physically add yet another award to his ever-expanding shelf of prizes and recognition, after being officially announced as Gatorade’s Indiana Baseball Player of the Year 2007-2008.
It came as no surprise to Greensburg Community High School’s athletic director Bill Edwards when he received the news from Jeff Urban, Gatorade’s Senior Vice President of Sports Marketing, that Meyer had been chosen for the honor.
Now in its third decade, the Gatorade Player of the Year award honors the top high school athletes in 12 varsity sports for their athletic excellence, academic achievement and exceptional character.
The selection process is administered by Rise Magazine, the nation’s leading sports and lifestyle magazine focused on teenagers. Rise works with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished veteran sports journalists in narrowing and evaluating the list of candidates for Gatorade State Player of the Year honors. It is for that reason that the award is widely considered to be one of the most prestigious in high school sports.
According to Edwards, the award was just another stepping stone for Meyer.
“He’s won the whole gamut of awards,” Edwards explained. “He’s a great kid, really modest, and this is a reflection of his hard work and dedication. We’re all really proud of him. And this honor comes very independently.”
Meyer’s reception of the award put him in the running for the national competition, but facing off against some very tough competitors, he narrowly missed becoming Gatorade’s National Baseball Player of the Year. Meyer takes the award in stride, and took some time to reflect on his baseball career.
“Growing up, I’ve played baseball since I was 5 years old,” he said. “It’s always been something I’ve wanted to do forever.”
With his stellar high school baseball career behind him, the pitcher is ready to up the ante and move into college baseball. His next step will be to move to Lexington, where he will attend the University of Kentucky.
“I’m going to go to school and get ready down there,” he said.
Meyer went on to say that he was looking forward to getting back into a routine.
Though the intense speculation and constant bombardments of concerns over Meyer’s baseball prospects, one may be inclined to think that it could overwhelm such a young athlete. According to Edwards, nothing bothers Meyer.
“Alex has really handled all of the attention well,” he said.
For winning the Gatorade Indiana Baseball Player of the Year, Meyer was given a recognition package containing a plaque, and he will also receive a commemorative Gatorade Player of the Year bottle.