Three Graduating Seniors Named Gatorade Players of the Year
To be named a Gatorade Player of the Year takes athletic skill and significant success on and off the field. For three graduating seniors, this honor is one they will cherish forever. It is rare to see three players from the same high school recognized with this distinction within one calendar year, but Brett Anderson, Caroline Fischer, and Erin Carney are worthy recipients of this national award.
Brett Anderson was named the 2018-2019 NH Baseball Player of the Year last May. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound junior left-handed pitcher and first baseman led the Cardinals to a 14-3 record at the time of his selection. Anderson compiled a 4-1 record with a 1.00 ERA through 17 games, along with a .469 batting average and 14 RBI. He had allowed just 24 hits in 35 innings pitched while striking out 57 batters. He was a First Team All-State selection as a sophomore and a Second Team honoree as a freshman. Anderson
joined an elite alumni association of state award-winners in 12 sports, including Derek Jeter (1991-92, Kalamazoo High School, Mich.), Jon Lester (2001-02, Bellarmine Preparatory School, Wash.), David Price (2003-04, Blackman High School, Tenn.), Clayton Kershaw (2005-06, Highland Park High School, Texas), Rick Porcello (2006-2007, Seton Hall Preparatory School, N.J.) and Kris Bryant (2009-10, Bonanza High School, Nev.).
In January, Caroline Fischer joined her classmate as a Gatorade Player of the Year due to her incredible success as a cross country runner. The 5-foot-8 senior broke the tape at the New Hampshire Meet of Champions last fall, clocking a 17:55.30 to finish nearly five seconds ahead of her next-closest competitor. Fischer also ran the fastest all-divisions time of the day in winning the Division 1 state tile, breaking the tape in 18:16.50 and leading the Cardinals to a second-place finish as a team. Bishop Guertin was also runner-up at the MOC. Fischer still had enough in the tank to take seventh (18:47.0) at the New England Cross Country Championship, lifting the Cardinals to 7th place showing. Also the 2019 NHIAA Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, she is a 16-time All-State honoree between track and cross country, and has received All-New England recognition four times. Her athletic resume is all the more impressive given that she competes despite dealing with chronic Lyme disease. Caroline will run on scholarship at Providence College this fall.
Not to be outdone, member of the five consecutive state title Girls Basketball Team, Erin Carney ended her senior season not only as the NH Girls Basketball Player of the year but joined the 1,000 point club while doing it. The 5-foot-5 senior guard led the Cardinals to an 18-3 record and a berth in the Division I state tournament quarterfinals at the time of her selection. Carney averaged 16.7 points, 3.3 assists, 3.0 steals and 2.0 rebounds through 21 games as the Cardinals pursued their fifth straight state title. A 2018-19 First Team All-State selection, Carney was the 2018-19 Nashua Telegraph Player of the Year. She entered the state tournament with 1,118 career points before it was postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic