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."