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2006 Athlete of the Year
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Baseball -- Kyle Drabek
The Woodlands High School - The Woodlands, Texas

The youngest son of former major league pitcher and Cy Young Award winner Doug Drabek, the 6-foot-1 right-hander, whose fastball has been clocked as high as 97 miles per hour, sports a 9-0 record with a 1.15 earned-run average and 97 strikeouts this spring to lead the top-ranked team in the USA Today Super 25. At the plate, Drabek leads the Houston area with 10 home runs, and also has 33 RBIs and a team-leading .462 batting average. As a junior, Drabek batted .479 with six home runs and 33 RBIs and was 11-1 on the mound with a 0.82 earned-run average and 155 strikeouts in 77 innings. He was selected to the Baseball America Pre-Season All-America First Team and is projected to be a high first-round selection in the upcoming Major League Baseball amateur draft. 

Field Hockey -- Amie Survilla
Crestwood High School - Mountain Top, Pennsylvania
Survilla, a forward, set a Pennsylvania state record by scoring 63 goals as a junior, two of them coming in the state championship game as she led Crestwood to an unbeaten season and the Class AA state title. A three-time selection to the Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association High School All-America Team, including First Team honors the past two years, Survilla also is a four-year member of USA Field Hockey national teams, competing on the Under-16 national team in 2003 and 2004 and the Under-21 national team the past two years. Also a standout center fielder on the Crestwood softball team, she will attend Duke University. 

Football -- John Dergo
Morris High School, Morris, Illinois
He won't be playing football in college, but no player anywhere was more versatile or more important to his team than Dergo. He wore No. 5 and was a five-way standout as a running back, linebacker, kick returner, placekicker and punter. As a senior, the Chicago Sun-Times Player of the Year rushed for 3,010 yards - the second-highest single-season total in state history - and scored a state-record 53 touchdowns to lead Morris to a 14-0 record and the Class 5A state title. His 110 career touchdowns also are a state record. In a 28-21 quarterfinal victory over eight-time state champion Joliet Catholic Academy, Dergo rushed for 366 yards, scored four touchdowns, and made two game-saving interceptions in the end zone, and added 206 yards, a touchdown and 14 tackles in the state title game. He also averaged 36 yards as a punter and kicked 53 of 64 extra points and two of three field goals, including a 37-yarder. A two-time state wrestling champion, Dergo earned a wrestling scholarship to the University of Illinois. 

Softball -- Kirsten Shortridge
Keller High School - Keller, Texas
Often compared to former NHSCA Senior Athlete of the Year and University of Texas pitching ace Cat Osterman, the 5-foot-11 Shortridge improved to 24-1 this season after pitching back-to-back perfect games April 22, striking out 30 of the 45 batters she faced. She has a 0.13 earned-run average and 331 strikeouts in 160 innings for Keller, ranked No. 2 nationally. Offensively, she is hitting .539 with six doubles, seven triples, two home runs, 24 RBIs and 36 stolen bases. Over the past two seasons, she has allowed just five earned runs in 414 innings. A two-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association First Team selection, Shortridge will attend Baylor University. 

Volleyball -- Megan Hodge
Riverside High School - Durham, North Carolina
Considered the finest player in North Carolina high school history, the 6-foot-3 Hodge totaled 363 kills, 30 blocks, 197 digs, 109 assists and 86 aces as a senior. She is a two-time winner of the Gatorade North Carolina Player of the Year award and was selected as the Gatorade National Player of the Year this year. A two-time member of the USA Volleyball Girls Youth National Team, Hodge is following in the footsteps of her parents, Michael and Carmen Hodge, who were members of the Virgin Islands national volleyball teams. She holds a 4.5 grade-point average, scored 1800 on the SAT and headlines Penn State University's top-ranked recruiting class. 

Wrestling Adam Hall
Bonners Ferry High School - Bonners Ferry, Idaho
A three-time Idaho Class 3A state champion and four-time finalist, Hall went 7-0 and won one of the toughest weight classes - 152 pounds - in the NHSCA National High School Seniors Wrestling Championships in March and was voted the meet's Outstanding Wrestler. Undersized for the weight, Hall won his first match by 12 points and his final six matches by a combined 11 points, scoring a takedown at the buzzer in an 8-7 victory over three-time Michigan champion Jonathan Reader of Davison (Mich.) High in the title match. He was a USA Wrestling Cadet National All-American in 2004 and a Junior National finalist in 2005. He will attend Boise State University. 

Basketball Boys -- Greg Oden
Lawrence North High School, Indianapolis, Indiana
The 7-foot center is the second player in two years from the talent-rich Indianapolis area to be named NHSCA National High School Senior Boys Basketball Athlete of the Year. Oden averaged 22 points and 10.5 rebounds per game as a senior, shooting 74 per cent from the field, and led Lawrence North to three consecutive Class 4A state titles, a feat accomplished by just two other Indiana schools. A two-time USA Today and Gatorade National Player of the Year, Oden also was named Player of the Year by the James Naismith Foundation and Parade magazine. He will attend Ohio State University. 

Girls Basketball Tina Charles
Christ the King High School - Queens, New York
Charles led Christ the King to a second consecutive unbeaten season, the Royals going 30-0 and finishing No. 1 in the USA Today Super 25. The 6-foot-4 forward averaged 26.5 points, 14.8 rebounds and 5.2 blocked shots per game and was named Gatorade National Player of the Year, Womens Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Year, USA Today Player of the Year, New York State's Miss Basketball and a McDonald's All-American. Her 49 points against Brooklyn Bishop Ford Central Catholic High this year is a school record, as are her 1,224 career rebounds. She will attend the University of Connecticut. 

Boys Cross Country -- A.J. Acosta
El Camino High School, Oceanside, California
Acosta was the champion of the Foot Locker Boys National Championship in 2005 after finishing ninth in the race as a junior. Twice third in the overall California state championships, he was the Division 1 state champion as a senior and runner-up as a junior. Acosta was selected as the state Senior Runner of the Year by and was the mile runner-up in the Boston Indoor Games this year. Already the holder of California's fastest time in the 3,200-meter run this spring, Acosta competed in the Oregon Twilight Meet May 5 and posted a time of 3:45.73 in the 1500 meters, the second-fastest time ever run by a high school runner in the state. He will attend the University of Oregon. 

Girls Cross Country -- Aislinn Ryan,
Warwick Valley High School - Warwick Valley, New York
Ryan's first state and Federation championships last fall - she was the 2004 runner-up - capped a career that has seen her win major races all over the nation. She was the Foot Locker Girls National champion in 2004 and was the top senior in 2005, finishing third overall. A two-time Foot Locker Northeast Region runner-up, she also has won the Great American Cross Country Festival and posted the fastest two-mile time (10:26.64) in the nation last year. Also an indoor track standout, she won the mile run at the Stanner Games, Boston Indoor Games and Millrose Games a year ago. Her time at the Millrose Games was the seventh-fastest in the history of the prestigious event. She will attend the University of Colorado. 

Boys Golf - Tim McKenney
Desert Mountain High School, Scottsdale, Arizona
McKenney won his second Class 5A state individual championship in dominating fashion, carding a 10-under-par 134 - featuring an opening-round 64 - that tied the state tournament record set by PGA Tour professional Ted Purdy in 1991. It was the lowest 36-hole score in any state tournament this year and helped Desert Mountain win the state title. He was named Player of the Year by the Arizona Republic. Ranked 12 th in the Junior Golf Scoreboard national rankings, he will attend the University of Florida. 

Girls Golf -- Morgan Pressel
St. Andrews School - Boca Raton, Florida
Pressel dominated Florida's Class A state meet for four years, winning state individual titles as a sophomore, junior and senior after finishing second as a freshman. She shot a sparkling 67-67-134 in the state meet last fall and won the title on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff. Eight days after winning the state crown, Pressel, the U.S. Women's Open runner-up in 2005, ended her amateur career by joining the LPGA Tour. Ranked No. 1 in the amateur ranks at the time, Pressel finished in the top 25 in each of the seven professional tournaments she played in last year. 

Boys Soccer -- Eric Alexander
Portage Central High School - Portage, Michigan
The 6-foot midfielder scored 28 goals and added 11 assists as a senior, leading Portage Central to a 19-2-4 record and a district title. One of the top players in Michigan history, he was a two-time All-State and Michigan Dream Team selection and was the recipient of Michigan's Mr. Soccer award as a senior. One of only two players in the nation to be named to an adidas Elite Soccer All-Star team twice, Alexander is a four-year member of the Michigan Olympic Development Program (ODP), the Most Valuable Player of the 2004 State Cup, and a three-year member of the Region II ODP team. The National High School Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) Player of the Year, he will attend Indiana University. 

Girls Soccer -- Lauren Cheney
Ben Davis High School - Indianapolis, Indiana
The 5-foot-8 forward scored 35 goals and added 15 assists as a senior, finishing her career with 112 goals and 67 assists. The Gatorade National Player of the Year, she also was a Parade All-American and the NSCAA Player of the Year. Cheney was the Indianapolis Star Player of the Year, a four-time All-State selection and a three-time NSCAA All-American. The youngest member of the U.S. Under-21 National Team last summer, Cheney scored two goals and had four assists to help the U.S. win a record seventh consecutive Nordic Cup international title. She will attend UCLA. 

Boys Swimming -- Shaune Fraser
The Bolles School - Jacksonville, Florida
At the age of 16, Fraser represented his native Cayman Islands in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, competing in the 200-meter freestyle, and also competed in the 2005 World Championships in Montreal. At Bolles, Fraser helped lead his team to a pair of Florida state team titles. After winning Class A crowns in the 200- and 500-meter freestyle as a junior, Bolles moved up to Class AA and he repeated the double title this year as a senior. He will attend the University of Florida.

Girls Swimming -- Alexandra Clarke
Sunnyslope High School - Phoenix, Arizona
Clarke overcame three knee surgeries since the seventh grade and a season-long recovery from a sprained ankle to win her second consecutive Class 4A state titles in the 200 freestyle (1:52.02) and the 500 freestyle (5:01.58). Clarke's performance helped Sunnyslope win its first state team title. She continued to enhance her reputation as one of the nation's top distance swimmers with victories in the 500, 1000 and 1650 freestyle at the Short Course Junior Nationals in March. Also an outstanding student, Clarke was honored this spring as a National Merit Scholar.

Boys Tennis -- Michael Dierberger
Nicolet High School - Glendale, Wisconsin
Later this month, Dierberger will complete one of the outstanding prep careers in recent Wisconsin history as he attempts to win a third consecutive Division 1 state individual championship. Dierberger also finished third in the state his freshman year. Active on the junior tennis circuit, Dierberger won the United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Open Boys 18 singles event in St. Louis in November and has advanced to the quarterfinals or better in six events on the USTA National Open circuit in the past 15 months. He will attend the University of Wisconsin.

Girls Tennis -- Pavi Francis
Marcus High School - Lewisville, Texas
Not many players are fortunate to win two state singles titles in hotly-competitive Texas, but Francis has accomplished the feat. Despite a loss in the finals of the region tournament earlier this month - her first in high school competition since the state tournament her freshman year - she has a chance to make it three titles later this month. If she accomplishes the feat, the reigning Dallas Morning News Most Valuable Player will become the first three-time champion in Class 5A - the state's highest class - in 35 years. Also active on the junior tennis circuit, she will attend Southern Methodist University. 

Boys Track and Field -- David Klech
California High School, San Ramon, California
Some consider the 6-foot-4 Klech the most versatile track athlete to come out of California since Olympic decathlon champions Bob Mathias (1948 and 1952) and Rafer Johnson (1960). Last year, Klech won the state 300-meter hurdles title in 36.06 - the nation's second-fastest time - and finished second in the 110 hurdles and third in the long jump. He also has cleared seven feet in the high jump. In April, Klech, the Nike Indoor Championship pentathlon gold medalist this year, won the 400 hurdles in the Stanford Invitational in a state-record 50.35 - the third-fastest time by any American this year - to earn Athlete of the Week honors from American Track and Field - Athletes Only magazine. The UCLA recruit will attempt to become only the fourth Californian to win three boys events - and the first since 1967 - at the state meet next month. 

Girls Track and Field -- Griffin Matthew
Niwot High School - Longmont, Colorado
Matthew jumped 21 feet, 2 inches - the best high school girls long jump in 2005 and seventh-best all-time - to win the Simplot Games in Idaho last summer. At the Nike Indoor Championships, she won the long jump and the 60 meters. After winning the Class 4A state title with a state-record long jump as a sophomore, Matthew won four events - the 100 and 200 meters, the long jump and the 4x100 relay - as a junior, and she posted the second-fastest time during the season (11.56) in the 100. Also an outstanding student, Matthew holds a 4.3 grade-point average in Niwot's International Baccalaureate program, and will attend Stanford University.

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