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Moniak Wins CA Gatorade Player of the Year Award

Mickey Moniak looks on in a game against El Camino on May 7th.

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Mickey Moniak looks on in a game against El Camino on May 7th.

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La Costa Canyon baseball star Mickey Moniak has added one more accolade to his impressive collection. Moniak was named the 2016 Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of California, and joins an elite group of players who have won the award in past years.

Players who have had successful careers at the major league level such as Derek Jeter, Roy Halladay, Chipper Jones, Matt Harvey and current San Diego Padre, Derek Norris have all won the award in the past.

This year Moniak is hitting .471 with six home runs, 12 triples, 12 stolen bases and 44 RBI while also sporting a .922 slugging percentage. The award not only recognizes success on the field but also success in the classroom. Moniak has managed to maintain a 3.03 GPA, while helping lead the Mavericks to a 23-5 record and an Avocado West League title.

Every year, the Gatorade Player of the Year program selects 51 winners (one from each state, and one from the District of Columbia), who are the finalists to win the National Player of the Year Award. In the 31st year of the award, Moniak is the first player from La Costa Canyon to win the award for baseball.

Moniak’s win marks the fourth Gatorade Player of the Year award for La Costa Canyon.  Darren Fahy won it for both Cross Country and Track in 2012, and current Phoenix Suns forward Chase Budinger won the award for basketball in 2006.

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