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2008 Athlete of the Year
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Football -- Terrelle Pryor
Jeannette High School - Jeannette, Pennsylvania 

The 6-foot-6, 225-pound Pryor broke records on both sides of the ball as he led Jeannette to a 16-0 record, the Class AA state championship, and the No. 4 spot in the NHSCA Top 25 Small School National football rankings. The Ohio State University commitment became the first Pennsylvania high school player ever to run and pass for more than 4,000 yards in his career. He rushed for 4,238 yards, averaging 9.7 yards per carry, and completed 232 of 399 passes for 4,340 yards. This season, despite going the distance in only five of his team's 16 games, he rushed for 1,899 yards (13.2 average) and 33 touchdowns and completed 87 of 130 passes for 1,889 yards and 23 scores. Pryor was selected as National Player of the Year by Parade magazine and the All-USA Offensive Player of the Year by USA Today. 

Baseball -- Kyle Skipworth
Patriot High School - Riverside, California
After playing left field and first base earlier in his high school career, the 6-foot-4, 200-pound Skipworth has emerged as the nation's No. 1 catching prospect. Earlier this season, he set a national record with 18 consecutive hits and a state record by reaching base in 25 straight at-bats. Through his team's first 26 games, Skipworth was batting .580 with 13 home runs, 47 RBIs, 49 runs scored, 11 intentional walks and a .660 on-base percentage. He batted .407 with eight home runs as a junior - 23 of his 35 hits going for extra bases - and he had a 6-for-6 game as a sophomore, when he hit .355 with 11 extra-base hits and a team-high 24 RBIs. Only four opposing baserunners have tried to steal against him this spring, and only one has been successful. Also an outstanding student with a 3.8 grade-point average, Skipworth is committed to Arizona State University, but is projected to be a top five selection in the upcoming Major League Baseball amateur draft. 

Softball -- Cathleen "Cat" Hosfield
Riverdale High School - Murfreesboro, Tennessee
First, the bad news: Hosfield's senior season ended prematurely when she broke her ankle sliding into second base while running out a double on March 24. But the 5-foot-9, 145-pound pitcher did more than enough to lock up Senior Athlete of the Year honors during a stellar junior season that saw her strike out a national-record 659 batters in 257 innings - a staggering 14.74 strikeouts per seven-inning game. Overall, Hosfield posted a 44-5 record with a 0.31 earned-run average, allowing only 12 earned runs and 84 hits while walking just 28. The University of Tennessee commitment, who ended her junior season with 1,259 career strikeouts, threw 31 shutouts, three perfect games, nine no-hitters and 17 one-hitters to lead Riverdale to the Class 3A state semifinals. She was named All-Midstate Player of the Year by the Nashville Tennessean. 

Volleyball -- Kelly Murphy
Joliet Catholic Academy - Joliet, Illinois
The 6-foot-2 outside hitter was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year after racking up 414 kills, 303 assists, 121 digs, 55 aces and 32 blocks last fall. She led Joliet Catholic Academy to a 34-6 record and a berth in the Class 3A super-sectionals. That performance came on the heels of a brilliant junior season, when Murphy led the Angels to a third-place state finish with 35 kills, 38 assists, 17 digs and eight aces in the state tournament. Her season totals were 388 kills, 496 assists, 81 aces and 100 blocks. She was recognized by Sports Illustrated magazine in its "Faces in the Crowd" section. On the international level, Murphy led the U.S. Women's Junior National Team to a fourth-place finish in the 2007 Junior World Championships, earning Best Server honors. Also an outstanding student with a 4.52 grade-point average, she will attend the University of Florida. 

Field Hockey -- Katie Reinprecht
Mount St. Joseph Academy -Flourtown, Pennsylvania
The midfielder was the only player to earn All-America First Team honors for a third time this season from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) after racking up 34 goals and 21 assists for a Magic team that advanced to the Class 3A state semifinals. In her career, she totaled 102 goals and 91 assists to lead the Magic to a 93-12-1 record over her four years and the state title game as a junior. A member of a field hockey family, Reinprecht will join her older sister, Sarah, on the Princeton University field hockey squad next year. Her mother, Tina, is Mount St. Joseph's co-head coach and her younger sister, Julia, a junior, also earned NFHCA First-Team All-America honors this season. Reinprecht played for the U.S. Under-21 National Team in Shanghai last summer and is the only high school player in the Senior national team pool. 

Wrestling -- Jordan Oliver
Easton High School - Easton, Pennsylvania
A three-time Class 3A state champion, Oliver went 6-0 and won the 130-pound weight class in the NHSCA National High School Seniors Wrestling Championships in March, winning by technical fall in the finals. Oliver became the first wrestler to claim championships in the NHSCA's signature event as a sophomore, junior and senior, and he was voted the meet's Outstanding Wrestler as a sophomore and as a junior. After finishing second in the state tournament as a freshman, Oliver won state titles at 103 pounds as a sophomore, taking Outstanding Wrestler honors as well, at 119 as a junior and at 130 this season. He posted a career record of 175-4, and was a finalist for W.I.N. magazine's prestigious Junior Dan Hodge Trophy. He will attend Oklahoma State University. 

Boys Basketball Samardo Samuels
St. Benedict's Prep School - Newark, New Jersey
The 6-foot-9 power forward had a spectacular senior season, averaging 24.2 points, 10.7 rebounds and 4.1 blocked shots per game while shooting 67 per cent from the floor. He led St. Benedict's to a 24-1 record and the No. 2 spot in the USA Today Super 25. A member of the USA Today All-USA First Team, Samuels was selected by the newspaper as its Player of the Year. He also was a Parade magazine First Team All-American, a McDonalds All-American and the New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year. The University of Louisville commitment was voted the Most Valuable Player of three major tournaments this season: the City of Palms Classic in Fort Myers, Fla., the Bojangles Shootout in Charlotte, N.C. and the Nike Super Six in New York City. 

Girls Basketball  Elena DelleDonne
Ursuline Academy - Wilmington, Delaware
The 6-foot-5 DelleDonne is the third girl to become a three-time Player of the Year selection by the Delaware Sportswriters and Broadcasters Association after leading Ursuline Academy to its fourth state title in her five years as a varsity player. Despite missing 10 games this season due to mononucleosis, DelleDonne averaged 29 points and 11 rebounds in leading the Raiders to a 19-6 record and the No. 17 spot in the USA Today Super 25. As a sophomore, she set a national record by making 80 consecutive free throws, and her 2,818 career points are most by any Delaware player of either gender. The State Farm/Women's Basketball Coaches Association High School Player of the Year, DelleDonne is the third consecutive University of Connecticut commitment to earn Senior Athlete of the Year honors, joining Maya Moore of Suwanee, Ga. Collins Hill High (2007) and Tina Charles of Middle Village, N.Y. Christ the King High (2006) on the Huskies' roster next season.  

Boys Cross Country -- Chris Derrick
Neuqua Valley High School - Naperville, Illinois
Derrick was named the Gatorade National Boys Runner of the Year after finishing second in the Foot Locker Boys National Championship in 2007 in a time of 15:03, and leading his team to the championship of the Nike Team Nationals, winning the race in 15:39.8. He set nine course records in a spectacular senior season and won the Class 3A state title by 20 seconds as Neuqua Valley also won the team title. Derrick's time of 13:52 made him the first Illinois runner in 30 years to break the 14-minute barrier, and he came within 1.4 seconds of the state record set by national standout Craig Virgin of Lebanon High in 1972. As a junior, Derrick finished third in the state meet and added a runnerup finish in the 3,200 in the Class AA track and field state tournament. Also an outstanding student with a 4.57 grade-point average, he will attend Stanford University. 

Girls Cross Country -- Christine Babcock
Woodbridge High School, Irvine, California
Babcock finished her career as a two-time Division 2 state cross country champion, also winning the all-class state crown this fall. Her time of 17:04 beat the Division 2 field by 40 seconds and was the sixth fastest time in state history. She began the season three months earlier by running the fastest 3-mile time in the nation - 16:05 in the Woodbridge Cross Country Classic, shattering her own personal record by more than 26 seconds. She was selected as Cross Country Athlete of the Year twice by the Orange County Register. The two-time defending track and field state champion in the 1,600 has been outstanding in all three distance races. In her only 800-meter race this season, she set both a school and meet record (2:10.15) at the Trabuco Hills Invitational, and also ran the nation's second-best 3,200 time of 10:04.03 - a race in which she was the runnerup by less than a second. Babcock will join last year's Senior Athlete of the Year, Marie Lawrence of Reno (Nev.) High, at the University of Washington next fall. 

Boys Golf -- Wesley Graham
Spruce Creek High School, Port Orange, Florida
A fixture near the top of the Florida golf scene, Graham averaged 68.5 strokes per round as a senior and did not shoot an over-par round all season. He finished second in the Class 2A state tournament last fall, shooting 2-under-par 142, and was the meet's highest-placing senior. He also was the Region 2 runnerup and shot a sparkling 67 to win the District 5 meet by seven strokes. As a junior, Graham finished third in the state tournament and was a four-time Flagler County Player of the Year. Currently the nation's top-ranked junior player, Graham was named to the Rolex Junior All-America First Team after advancing to the U.S. Junior Amateur semifinals and earning runnerup honors in the HP Boys Junior Championship last summer. He will attend Florida State University. 

Girls Golf -- Mina Harigae
The Stevenson School - Pebble Beach, California
Harigae is ranked No. 2 nationally among junior golfers, and tops among seniors. A three-time state placewinner in the NorCal and state championships, Harigae won the NorCal championship last fall, following with a 10th-place finish in the state tournament as Stevenson finished second to Monterey High by one stroke. The Duke University commitment finished third in the NorCal tournament and was the state runnerup as a junior, and as a freshman finished fifth in the NorCal meet and fourth in state. Harigae is a three-time Rolex Junior First Team All-American and has been named to the team the past five years. She won the GolfWorld West Coast Championship last summer, has twice finished third in the U.S. Girls Junior Championship and has 17 top-five finishes in major junior events since 2003. 

Boys Soccer -- Casey Townsend
Traverse City West High School - Traverse City, Michigan
A three-time Parade magazine All-American and a two-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas All-American, the 5-foot-10 forward recently was selected as the Gatorade Michigan Player of the Year for the second time. Last fall, Townsend tied the Division 1 state record by scoring 53 goals, adding 11 assists to lead the Titans to a 19-3 record and a berth in the regional semifinals. As a junior, he led Traverse City West to its first state title, recording 26 goals and 11 assists. During the team's six-game postseason run, he scored in every match and notched the game-winner in both the semifinal and the championship game. Townsend concluded his career with 105 goals and 47 assists, and also is a member of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) Under-20 National Team. Townsend already has started classes at the University of Maryland, where he will play collegiate soccer, after graduating from West in December. 

Soccer Girls -- Christine Nairn
Archbishop Spalding High School - Severn, Maryland
The three-time Parade magazine All-American needed just three seasons to become her school's all-time leading scorer, then extended those marks as a senior, when the midfielder scored 27 goals and 13 assists. In her career, she racked up 70 goals and 37 assists in just 79 games. The Penn State University commitment, who also was a three-year starter on the girls basketball team, led the Cavaliers to an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland Conference Class A runnerup finish as a sophomore, the championship as a junior and a semifinal berth this season, with a record of 37-2-3 over her final two seasons. The 5-foot-5 Nairn was a two-time NSCAA/adidas All-American and the state's Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior. A member of the USSF Women's Under-17 National Team, she also was MVP of the 2006 Nike Premier 50 camp. 

Boys Swimming -- Brian Alden
Neuqua Valley High School - Naperville, Illinois
Considered one of the nation's top sprint swimmers this year, Alden became the first swimmer to win three state titles in both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events in the 73-year history of the two events in the Illinois state tournament. Only one other swimmer had previously won three titles in either event, and Alden's feat ended a 57-year drought in the 100 and a 20-year drought in the 50. As a junior, Alden's winning times were 20.14 seconds in the 50 - the second-best time in state history - and 44.86 in the 100, the state's third-best mark. He also was a part of the state champion 200 and 400 relay teams, helping lead Neuqua Valley to its first state team title. He will attend Penn State University. 

Girls Swimming -- Michelle McKeehan
Center Grove High School - Greenwood, Indiana
McKeehan became the fourth Indiana girl to become a four-time state champion in two different events. She set a national record for the second straight year in the 200 individual medley and also won her fourth title in the 100 breaststroke. She won the individual medley last season in 1:58.06, a national record that stood six days before Mary Beck of Austin Westlake High swam 1:57.74 and 1:57.41 on back-to-back days at the Texas state meet. This year, McKeehan swam 1:56.87 to reclaim the record. She won the breaststroke in 1:00.12 to break her own state record (1:00.23) set last year, and that time was just .52 seconds off the national record. McKeehan, who won the breaststroke in the Pan-American Games last summer, will join last year's Senior Athlete of the Year, Lauren English of Montville (N.J.) High, at the University of Georgia next fall.

Boys Tennis -- Casey Watt
Pine Richland High School - Gibsonia, Pennsylvania
Watt is not an imposing figure on the court at 5-foot-11 and 162 pounds, but his record is. He has never lost a team match at No. 1 singles and he has just two career losses, both coming in the state tournament. Watt recently won his third Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) Class AA singles title, and will compete in the state tournament later this month. The University of Notre Dame commitment advanced to the state semifinals as a freshman in 2005 and was upset in the first round of the state meet last year. In between, he was the state doubles champion as a sophomore in 2006. Also the No. 2 player on his school's golf team last fall, Watt, ranked No. 1 in the Mid-Atlantic Region and No. 8 nationally by, posted a 59-12 record in junior competition last year. 

Girls Tennis -- Shinann Featherston
St. Francis Preparatory School - Fresh Meadows, New York
Featherston never lost a high school match, finishing her career as a three-time state singles champion. She didn't drop a set in the state tournament last fall, losing only 13 games in four matches. A University of North Carolina commitment, Featherston, the daughter of two New York City firefighters, has a pair of sisters, Martina and Eleanora, who play at Fordham University, and Martina was a state doubles champion. Shinann Featherston will try to become a four-time New York City Mayor's Cup champion later this year. On the junior circuit, Featherston reached the top 10 in the 12-, 14- and 16-year-old age groups, and as a 16-year-old was ranked No. 3 nationally in singles and No. 1 nationally in doubles. Currently, she stands No. 20 in the 18-year-old age group after going 34-12 last year. 

Boys Track and Field -- Christian Taylor
Sandy Creek High School - Tyrone, Georgia
Taylor has starred on tracks from Georgia to the Czech Republic. He earned the maximum 35 team points in the Class 3A state championships for the second year in a row, leading Sandy Creek to its second straight team title. Taylor set all-class state records in the triple jump (52-6½) and the long jump (25-6), becoming the first Georgia high school athlete to clear 25 feet. He also set a 3A state record in the 400 (46.60) and anchored his team's winning 4x100 and 4x400 relays, all repeat wins. The University of Florida commitment also won all three individual events at the National Scholastic Indoor Championships. In the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Youth Championships, Taylor became the first American ever to win the triple jump with a final-attempt leap of 15.98 meters (52-5'¼) and added the bronze medal in the long jump. 

Girls Track and Field -- Emily Reese
Chamblee High School - Chamblee, Georgia
Reese finished off a Dandy Dozen - state titles, that is - in the track and field state meet this month. She took home her fourth Class 3A state championships each in the 1,600 and the 3,200, to go with four state cross-country crowns. As a junior, Reese turned in times of 4:47.96 in the 1,600 and a state-record 10:16.05 in the 3,200 - both times the second best in the nation. Last fall, her winning cross-country time of 17:14 beat her nearest competitor by 1 minute, 14 seconds. Recognized as Athletes Only Athlete of the Week for the week of April 23, 2007, Reese won the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics national title last year and was selected the Gatorade Georgia Cross Country Runner of the Year this year. In March, Reese finished 30th in the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Edinburgh, Scotland, helping the U.S. squad finish sixth. Also an outstanding student with a 4.15 grade-point average as well as an accomplished pianist, Reese will attend Harvard University.

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