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May 11, 2012

Our Opinion: Vote for Pohl

—  Cooperstown Central School graduate Phil Pohl is among 10 finalist in the Lowe’s Senior Class Award. First off congratulations, Phil. You have always shined on and off the baseball diamond. Pohl graduated at the top of his class and was a two-time Class C New York state Player-of-the-Year while at CCS.

Great things always seemed destined, and Pohl has had the spotlight on him throughout his college years at Clemson Univeristy as well. The College Sports Information Directors of America recently named Pohl First-Team Academic All-District IV for the second year in a row.

To be eligible for the Lowe’s award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence community, classroom, character and competition. Pohl was chosen from the list of 30 candidates announced in February and now he needs community support to win.

A vote is being held nationally and can be done on the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award website, A person can vote once a day through June 11. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I men’s head coaches’ votes to determine the winner.

Lowe’s, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award winner during the 2012 NCAA College World Series, which will be held June 15-26 in Omaha.

Pohl plays catcher, first base and outfield for Clemson. He maintains a 3.67 GPA in management.

A two-time team captain, Pohl is the co-winner of the Tiger Baseball Award in 2011, given to the team’s best leader, and also won the Dedication Award for outstanding work in the strength training room. He was honored during the 2010 College World Series for having the team’s highest GPA. CCS Secondary Principal Michael Cring said Pohl quite simply defines all of the best attributes of a student athlete. We agree, and hope you all go and vote to show your community support for him. Good luck, Phil!

Congratulations on all that you have done on and off the field.