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2004 Athlete of the Year
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Football -- Jeff Byers
Loveland High School - Loveland, Colorado

In Football, Jeff Byers from Loveland High School is this year's first honoree as an NHSCA Senior Athlete of the Year. Byers, 6-foot-4 and 287 pounds, led Loveland to its second Class 4A state championship in four years. A 3.9 GPA student, Byers played center without allowing a sack in his three years as a starter. Although recruited by the top collegiate programs in the nation primarily for offense, the future USC Trojan was equally impressive on defense during his senior campaign. His nearly unbelievable statistics include 203 total tackles, 97 of them coming solo and 55 being for a loss; 10 sacks and 14 forced fumbles. 

Baseball -- David "Homer" Bailey
LaGrange High School - LaGrange, Texas 
Bailey, the seventh overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft, is a 6-4 right-hander with a 94 m.p.h. fastball. With a .57 ERA as a senior, Bailey registered a 13-0 record with 180 strikeouts and just 12 walks. Bailey held opponents to a .089 batting average when on the mound, and himself batted .436 with 30 RBI's in the number five slot. 

Softball -- Anjelica Selden
Vanden High - Fairfield, California
Selden is also a pitcher, with a regular season record of 22-3 and a .04 ERA. In 187 innings, Selden amazingly allowed just one earned run, while collecting 422 strikeouts. She tossed 14 no-hitters on the season, including six perfect games and allowed only 14 hits all season long. Ten of Selden's no-hitters came in a stretch of 71 and 1/3 innings of no-hit softball. At the plate Selden, who will attend UCLA, batted .453 with six home runs.

Field Hockey -- Caitlin Williams
St. Thomas Aquinas School - Greenland, New Hampshire
Honor student Caitlin Williams is this year's NHSCA National Athlete of the Year in field hockey. Williams has been a member of the USA under-21 team and graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas School in Greenland, N.H. One of the nation's best goalkeepers, Williams is also a standout lacrosse player, and will continue her field hockey career at Duke University. 

Volleyball -- Angit McGinnis,
Fraser High School - Fraser, Michigan
Michigan's Angie McGinnis of Fraser High School is this year's NHSCA Senior Athlete of the Year in volleyball. McGinnis, a 6-0 setter, was a three-time all-state selection and two-time first team member who was named Michigan's Miss Volleyball for 2003-04. She led her Fraser High squad to back-to-back state championships after a second-place finish in her sophomore season. McGinnis will next play for the decorated volleyball program at the University of Florida.

Wrestling -- J. Jaggers
St. Pete Chanel High School - Bedford, Ohio
In wrestling, the NHSCA honoree is J. Jaggers of St. Peter Chanel High School in Bedford, Ohio. Jaggers capped an outstanding prep career in April with his dramatic run to the NHSCA National Senior Championship at 135 pounds, and his winning of the tournament's Jeff Reese Outstanding Wrestler Award. Jaggers' impressive effort at the tournament included defeating the nation's best in his weight class by major decisions, technical falls and pins. Completing his career with a record of 172-3, the four-time Ohio state wrestling champion will move to Columbus to continue his academic and athletic careers at The Ohio State University. 

Boys Basketball -- Dwight Howard
Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy - Atlanta, Georgia
On the basketball court, the NHSCA Senior Athlete of the Year is Dwight Howard of Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy . Howard, who has declared for the NBA draft and is a projected top five selection, has received numerous national player of the year awards. He finished his high school career with 2,146 points, 1,728 rebounds and 811 blocks. As a senior, the 6-10 Howard led his team to the Class 1A Georgia state championship averaging 25.5 points, 18.3 rebound, 3.5 assists and eight blocks per game at center.  

Girls Basketball -- Candace Parker
Naperville High School - Naperville, Illinois
Parker, a 6-3 center, has been thought by many to be the best player in the nation for the past three years. She will become a Tennessee Volunteer as a collegian, after finishing high school as a three-time Illinois Miss Basketball with 2,758 career points. Parker overcame an off-season knee injury to lead her squad to its second straight Class AA state title, averaging 24.3 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.3 steals and 3.5 blocks per game.  

Boys Cross Country -- Matt Withrow
Victor J. Andrew High School - Tinley Park, Illinois
Withrow, an Illinois state champion who will attend the University of Wisconsin, surprised many of the most astute in the national running community last fall with his inspiring sweep of the Foot Locker Midwest Regional and National Finals. Withrow managed to stay below the radar due to the fact his lone state championship came in his senior season (he was second as a junior), and he had not previously competed in any national events.

Girls Cross Country -- Sunni Olding
Minster High School - Minster, Ohio
Olding, a 4.0-G.P.A. student who will compete for Notre Dame in the fall, is a three-time state champion. She is also a three-sport athlete who plays basketball, and is one of the top-ranked two-mile tracksters in the nation.

Boys Golf -- Daniel Im
La Mirada High School - La Mirada, California
Im is a 4.0 student who will also attend perennial power UCLA, which finished as runners-up on the men's side of the NCAA competition this season. Im won the C.I.F. individual title in California's Southern and has been ranked among the best junior golfers in America for the past several years. 

Girls Golf Amie Cochran
West Torrance High School, Torrance, California
Cochran, won the first California state title contested in girls' golf in over 20 years when she took the title in a playoff at the PGA of Southern California this spring. Cochran will join an NCAA championship squad at UCLA next year. The other west-coast honoree in golf is  

Boys Soccer -- Nick Colaluca
La Salle Academy - Providence, Rhode Island
Moving on to soccer, the NHSCA Senior Boys' Soccer Athlete of the Year is Nick Colaluca of La Salle Academy in Providence, R.I. Colaluca, a midfielder with several national honors and recognitions, led his team to a 23-0 record last fall and a fourth straight state championship. The four-year starter will now take his athletic and academic careers to the University of Virginia. 

Girls Soccer -- Ashlyn Harris
Satellite High School - Satellite Beach, Florida
The girls' soccer award winner is Ashlyn Harris, a goalkeeper from  Harris, who will attend North Carolina University at Chapel Hill, gave up no goals in 50 of 65 games played over her four-year prep career. She had a goals-against average of .29 for her career in leading Satellite to three state finals games and two titles. Harris was named a Florida player of the year times, and pulled double duty by also contributing to the United States 19-under national team while in high school. 

Boys Swimming -- Kyle Bubolz
Waukesha North High School - Waukesha, Wisconsin
Bubolz, who won the 50 and 100-meter state freestyle titles, has set 133 swim records since jumping into the pool at age six. He currently holds six national records and 30 state marks. Bubolz will move to the Big Ten and swim at Northwestern after an attempt this July to make the U.S. Olympic Team.  

Girls Swimming -- Rhiannon Jeffrey
Atlantic High School - Delray Beach, Florida
Jeffrey will also compete for an Olympic spot after amazingly qualifying for the trials in the 50, 100 and 200-meter freestyle events. Jeffrey holds eight Florida individual high school titles, and successfully made a transition after her sophomore season to move from only sprints to attempting the 200-meters where she graduated with two state championships. 

Boys Tennis -- Keithan Gregg,
Cut Bank High School - Cut Back, Montana
Gregg finished his prep career will four state titles to earn NHSCA Senior Athlete of the Year honors. Gregg earned his four titles while leading the Cut Bank Wolves to three team championships in Montana. Gregg will continue his tennis career at Eastern Washington University. 

Girls Tennis -- Nicole Leimbach
Pine Creek High School - Colorado Springs, Colorado
Leimbach also finished her prep career will four state titles to earn NHSCA Senior Athlete of the Year honors.  Leimbach, who holds a 59-0 career mark, never lost a set during her high school tennis career and will hope to continue her success at the University of Southern California. 

Boys Track and Field -- Xavier Carter
Palm Bay High School - Melbourne, Florida
Carter, also a football star at wide receiver, won the 100 (10.56), 200 (20.72)and 400 meters (45.44, state record) at the Florida "AAA" state meet for second year in a row. Carter ends his prep track career with nine state titles and will now run and play football at Louisiana State University. 

Girls Track and Field -- Ashley Owens
Liberty High School - Colorado Springs, Colorado
Owens blazed her way into the NHSCA elite, as well as Carter.  Owens pulled the first ever four-peat double by winning the "4A" 100 and 200 meters at the Colorado state championships since her freshman year. She also doubled up for a pair of wins at the prestigious Great Southwest Classic Track Meet, and next will attend UNLV and hope to better her national indoor record for the 60 meters (7.19).

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