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Falls' Polk earns Gatorade Softball Player of Year honors for New York

Niagara Falls senior shortstop Toni Polk has been named Gatorade Softball Player of the Year for New York, according to the New York Sportswriters Association website.

The 5-foot-5 Polk, who will take her talents to Penn State, batted lead off for the 12-3 Wolverines, finishing with a .532 average, 16 runs scored and 12 RBIs. She was hampered late in the season by a hamstring injury, missing two of Falls' final three games.

Student-athletes who demonstrate athletic production, high academic development, exemplary character, sportsmanship and community leadership during the season earn consideration for this award.

Polk is rated as the nation's 28th-ranked senior by Full Count Softball. She is just the second Section VI player to receive this award: Williamsville South graduate Chelsea Plimpton was the first back in 2007.

Polk signed with Penn State back in December.

"Toni Polk is probably one of the best athletes I have seen in a long time," Nittany Lions coach Amanda Lehotak said. "We are just really excited to have her."

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