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LNHS Senior Snyder Named Gatorade Player of the Year

LNHS Senior Snyder Named Gatorade Player of the Year

CHICAGO (June 3, 2024) — In its 39th year of honoring the nation’s most elite high school athletes, Gatorade today announced Trey Snyder of Liberty North High School is the 2023-24 Gatorade Missouri Baseball Player of the Year. Snyder is the second Gatorade Missouri Baseball Player of the Year to be chosen from Liberty North High School.

The award, which celebrates the nation’s top high school athletes for excellence on the field, in the classroom and in the community, distinguishes Snyder as Missouri’s best high school baseball player. From CEOs and coaches to star athletes, Gatorade Player of the Year winners showcase the power of sport, touting an all-star group of alumni that includes Gary Sheffield (1985-86, Hillsborough High School, Fla.), Alex Rodriguez (1992-93, Westminster Christian School, Fla.), Clayton Kershaw (2005-06, Highland Park High School, Texas) and Max Clark (2022-23, 2021-22 & 2020-21, Franklin Community High School, Ind.).

At the time of his selection, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound senior shortstop had led the Eagles to a 32-8 record and a berth in the Class 6 semifinals this season. Ranked as the state’s No. 1 prospect by Perfect Game, Snyder batted .391 with seven home runs through 40 games, producing 36 RBI, 46 runs and 22 stolen bases while compiling a 1.164 OPS. He is a two-time Class 6 state champion and First Team All-State selection and was a 2023 Perfect Game AllAmerican Game invitee.

A member of the National Honor Society, Snyder has volunteered locally as a peer tutor as well as a youth baseball, football and basketball coach. He also completed an internship at a sports radio station. “Trey Snyder makes a game that is extremely difficult for many high school athletes look easy,” said John Sipes, head coach at Platte County High School. “He thrives in pressure situations and he has some of the softest and quickest hands I’ve seen from a high school shortstop. He’s also one of the most humble young men around and he plays the game the right way.”

Snyder has maintained a 3.98 GPA in the classroom. He has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at the University of Tennessee this fall.

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade Player of the Year Selection Committee, which leverages experts including coaches, scouts, media and others as sources to help evaluate and determine the state winners in each sport.

Snyder joins recent Gatorade Missouri Baseball Players of the Year Tate McGuire (2022-23, Liberty North High School), Karson Milbrandt (2021-22, Liberty High School), John Kramer (2020-21, Lafayette High School) and Christian Little (2019-20, Christian Brothers College High School), among the state’s list of former award winners.

As part of Gatorade’s commitment to breaking down barriers in sport, every Player of the Year also receives a grant to donate to a social impact partner. To date, the Gatorade Player of the Year program has provided more than $4.9 million in grants to winners across more than 1,900 organizations.

To learn more about the Gatorade Player of the Year program, check out past winners or to nominate student-athletes, visit playeroftheyear.gatorade.com or follow us on social media on Facebook at facebook.com/GatoradePOY, Instagram at instagram.com/Gatorade and X(Twitter) at x.com/Gatorade.

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