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2010 Athlete of the Year
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Football -- Seantrel Henderson

Cretin-Derham Hall High School - St. Paul, Minnesota
No football player stood head and shoulders above the rest this year, but at 6-foot-8 and 335 pounds, Henderson just might. The University of Southern California commitment comes from the same school that produced the NHSCA’s 2001 Baseball Senior Athlete of the Year, Joe Mauer. A long-time Minnesota football powerhouse, Cretin-Derham Hall finished 13-1 for the second straight year and won the 5A state title last fall with Henderson anchoring both lines, also finishing as the 2008 state runner-up. Henderson was named Offensive Player of the Year by USA Today, was Player of the Year on the All-State Team selected by The Associated Press and earned Player of the Year honors from the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He was one of seven finalists for the U.S. Army Player of the Year and played in the U.S. Army All-American Game. Also an outstanding basketball player, Henderson averaged 14.1 points per game, and the Raiders started the season 10-0 when Henderson was in the lineup. Last summer, Henderson was a teammate of Harrison Barnes, the NHSCA Boys Basketball Senior Athlete of the Year, on a summer AAU team.

Baseball -- Drew Vettleson
Central Kitsap High School - Silverdale, Washington
Ambidextrous since birth, the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder is projected as an outfielder as a professional, but Vettleson is a rarity at any level: a switch-pitcher. He has been clocked at 93 miles per hour as a right-handed pitcher and 88 miles per hour as a lefty. The Gatorade Washington Player of the Year as a junior, Vettleson owned a career 6-3 record, 2.10 earned-run average and 64 strikeouts in 57 innings entering this year, as well as a .408 career batting average with 10 home runs and 39 RBIs. He was named Player of the Year this spring by the Tacoma News-Tribune.  Vettleson hit two grand slams in a game against Tacoma Stadium High earlier this year, then struck out 11 and allowed just three hits in 6 2/3 innings in a 7-1 victory over Puyallup Emerald Ridge High that propelled the Cougars to a fourth straight state tournament berth. Rated No. 19 in Baseball America’s pre-season Top 100, Vettleson, committed to Oregon State University, should be selected in the first two rounds of the upcoming Major League draft.

Softball -- Dallas Escobedo
St. Mary’s High School - Phoenix, Arizona
Escobedo burst onto the scene as a freshman in 2007, when she led St. Mary's to its first 5A Division 1 state championship, pitching a four-hitter and striking out 17 in an eight-inning 2-0 victory over Sierra Vista Buena High to earn Big School Player of the Year honors from the Arizona Republic. She finished that season with a 27-8 record, 16 shutouts, five no-hitters, a 0.73 ERA and 501 strikeouts in 260 innings. She broke that record this season, striking out 520 in leading the Lady Knights to the championship game. That included a 6-0 record at the MaxPreps Tournament of Champions, featuring a 12-inning perfect game with 21 strikeouts in a 4-0 championship win, and she struck out 172 in her first 10 wins. St. Mary’s also advanced to the state semifinals her sophomore and junior seasons. As a sophomore, Escobedo pitched a perfect game, four no-hitters and nine one-hitters, also hitting .357 with eight home runs, 33 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. Rated the nation’s No. 1 player by ESPN RISE, she will attend Arizona State University.

Volleyball -- Morgan Broekhuis
Colorado Springs Christian School, Colorado Springs, Colorado
It’s not often you see a 6-foot-5 setter, but Broekhuis is one of the best, in addition to her skills on the front line. Colorado Springs Christian School has now won six consecutive 3A state championships, and Broekhuis, playing for her father, Mike, has been an integral part of the last four. A two-time Gatorade Colorado Player of the Year selection, Broekhuis was named ESPN RISE Player of the Year after recording 465 kills, 411 assists, 40 blocks, 167 digs and 30 aces to lead the Lions to a perfect 30-0 record as a senior. She was selected an Under Armour First Team All-American, played in the Under Armour All-American match and earned Best Setter honors in the event’s skills competition. The second-youngest member of the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team that competed at the FIVB World Championships in Mexico in 2009, Broekhuis also was selected to the U.S. National Training Team in 2008. Broekhuis, who also played basketball for the Lions for three years, graduated after the fall semester with a 3.7 grade-point average and enrolled at the University of Nebraska, where she will play her college volleyball. 

Field Hockey -- Marta Malmberg
Marathon Central High School, Marathon, New York
A three-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association First Team All-American, Malmberg led Marathon to an 18-2-1 record and the Class C state championship last fall. Marathon won three state titles during Malmberg’s career, and was the state runner-up her junior year. In her career, Malmberg scored 68 goals and had 90 assists, making her just the fourth girl to reach the 90-assist plateau in New York’s rich field hockey history. A veteran of USA Field Hockey developmental and national teams, Malmberg was the second youngest member of the U.S. Under-21 National Team that finished eighth in the BDO Junior World Cup Championships last summer, scoring a pair of goals in the tournament, and was the only high school player selected to the team that represented the United States in a five-game test series against Argentina this month. She will attend the University of North Carolina, joining the NHSCA’s previous two Senior Athletes of the Year, Kelsey Kolojejchick and Katelyn Falgowski.

Wrestling -- Tyler Beckwith
Greene High School, Greene, New York
In March, Beckwith made NHSCA history by becoming the first wrestler to become a four-time National High School champion. His 6-3 victory in the 171-pound championship match gave him the National Seniors championship, to go along with titles in the National Juniors, the National Sophomores and the National Freshman Championships the past three years. Beckwith won his second consecutive Division 2 state title at 171 this year, and earned Outstanding Wrestler honors after finishing 45-0 with 38 pins to go along with a 44-0 record as a junior. He also was the state runner-up as a sophomore and fifth in state as a freshman, and his career record was 243-13 with 153 pins. A two-time FILA Cadet National champion, Beckwith also is a four-time USA Wrestling Cadet and Junior National All-American, finishing second in Greco-Roman and eighth in freestyle in the Junior Nationals in 2009. A four-year honor roll student with a 3.3 grade-point average, he will attend Binghamton University.

Boys Basketball -- Harrison Barnes
Ames High School - Ames, Iowa
Some are calling Ames High, which has gone 53-0 the last two years and won back-to-back 4A state titles, the greatest boys basketball team in Iowa high school history, and Barnes, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound forward and a University of North Carolina recruit, is the main reason. Barnes was named Player of the Year by USA Today and earned Mr. Basketball honors from ESPN RISE – the first Iowa player to earn the honor in the award’s 56-year history – after averaging 26.1 points, 10 rebounds, 3.1 steals and three assists per game. Barnes was named state tournament MVP after averaging 19.7 points in three Ames double-digit tourney wins, and the Little Cyclones (27-0) finished with a No. 3 ranking from USA Today and a No. 10 ranking from ESPN RISE. He also earned MVP honors in the McDonald’s All-American Game (18 points, 7-of-10 shooting, five rebounds) and the Jordan Brand Classic (20 points, 15 rebounds), and hit a three-pointer and led a fourth-quarter rally to help the USA Junior National Select team to victory in the Nike Hoop Summit.

Girls Basketball -- Chiney Ogwumike
Cypress-Fairbanks High School - Cypress, Texas
The 6-foot-3 forward was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year after leading the Bobcats to a 36-1 record, the 5A state title and a No. 6 ranking from USA Today and a No. 7 ranking from ESPN RISE. Also the USA Today Player of the Year and the No. 1 recruit according to ESPNU and Blue Star Basketball, Ogwumike racked up 31 points and 18 rebounds in Cy-Fair’s 65-41 state championship game victory over Fort Bend Hightower High. The Naismith National High School Girls Player of the Year, Ogwumike played in the McDonald’s All-American Game (14 points, 6-of-8 shooting, three rebounds) and averaged 22.9 points, 13.9 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 2.1 blocks per game this season after averaging 21.4 points and 12.6 rebounds as a junior. Also a standout volleyball player, Ogwumike ranks No. 3 in her class academically and is a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society. She will attend Stanford University, where her sister, Nneka, is a sophomore center.

Boys Cross Country -- Wade Meddles
Sierra Lutheran High School - Minden, Nevada
The 5-foot-10 Meddles is one of the top distance runners in Nevada high school history. A two-time Gatorade Nevada Player of the Year, Meddles is a two-time 2A state champion, setting a course record last fall with a time of 16:05.89. Last December, he ran 15:24 to finish third in the Foot Locker National Championships, the highest finish ever by a Nevada runner. He also won the Nike Cross Nationals Southwest Region championship and finished second in the Foot Locker West Regional meet. Meddles also is a track and field standout, owning a combined five victories and 10 top-two finishes in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs. He set state records twice in the 3,200, with his time of 9:36.96 in 2009 breaking his own record by more than 16 seconds, and he also won the 800 and the 1,600 as a junior. Concentrating on the 800 and the 1,600 this year, his time of 4:16.88 in the 1,600 broke the all-class state record by nearly eight seconds, and he was the 800 runner-up in a photo finish. He will attend Azusa Pacific University.

Girls Cross Country -- Megan Goethals
Rochester High School, Rochester Hills, Michigan
The 5-foot-8 Goethals was named the Gatorade National Girls Runner of the Year this year after winning the Foot Locker National Championships in 17:06.9, winning in a photo finish, the closest in the meet’s 31-year history. She also won the Foot Locker Midwest Regional title. A two-time Division 1 cross country state champion, Goethals owns six course records in Michigan, and she won last fall in 16:54.8, shattering her own state meet course record by 16 seconds despite a stiff headwind. Goethals was named the Gatorade Michigan Player of the Year in two sports, cross country (twice) and track and field. In 2009, she won the 3,200 in a state-record time of 10:37.50, and the 4:51.20 she ran to win the 1,600 was the second-fastest time in state meet history. In March, Goethals won the 2-mile run at the Nike Indoor Nationals in 10:10.14, the No. 5 time all-time indoors. Also an outstanding student with a 3.66 grade-point average, she will attend the University of Washington.

Boys Golf -- Cory Whitsett
Memorial High School - Houston, Texas
A left-hander, Whitsett began playing before he was 2 years old, took his first lesson at age 8 and broke 80 a year later. By the time he was 10, he had broken 70. The two-time EA Sports All-American finished in the top two in the 5A state tournament all four years of high school, winning the title by four strokes as a sophomore and sharing medalist honors this year in a tournament shortened to 27 holes by inclement weather. He helped Houston Memorial advance to the state tournament all four years of his career. Ranked No. 1 on the Junior Golf Scoreboard and No. 2 by Golfweek, Whitsett won the U.S. Junior Amateur in 2007, and in a span of 14 days in 2009, he won the Western Junior and the Rolex Tournament of Champions titles. Later in the summer, he set records at two courses in Texas, carding a 62 at the Houstonian Golf and Country Club in Houston and two days later shooting 61 at Wilderness Golf Club in Jackson, the first time he ever played the course. Also a straight-A student, Whitsett will attend the University of Alabama.

Girls Golf -- Jenny Shin
Torrance High School - Torrance, California
Shin, a native of South Korea, won her second consecutive individual state championship last fall, shooting a one-under-par 71. As a junior, she won her first title in a playoff after shooting 72, and she also finished 10th in state as sophomore and sixth as a freshman. She also helped Torrance win its third straight team title and fourth in five years. Shin won the Los Angeles City Championship at the age of 10, and in 2006, at the age of 13 years, nine months, she became the second youngest winner of the U.S. Girls Junior Championship. Down three holes in the final nine, she rallied and won the title on the first playoff hole. It was only her second-ever Girls Junior competition. Shin advanced to the finals of the Polo World Golf Championship in 2008, and is a three-time American Junior Golf Association Rolex First Team All-American. Last fall’s state tournament was the final amateur event for Shin, who has qualified for the LPGA Futures Tour and is pursuing a professional career.

Boys Soccer -- Soony Saad
Dearborn High School - Dearborn, Michigan
The 5-foot-10, 160-pound Saad was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year this year after setting a state record by scoring 76 goals this season – which also led the nation – adding 15 assists to earn Mr. Soccer honors from the Michigan Soccer Coaches Association. He led Dearborn to a record of 18-2-2 and a berth in the Division 1 state tournament round of 16, and the team was 75-11-2 during his four-year career. He also was named the ESPN RISE Player of the Year and was selected to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Adidas All-America First Team in 2009. Saad also was the 2008 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Player of the Year. A four-time All-State selection, Saad concluded his high school career with 172 goals, also a state record, and 51 assists. Also an outstanding student with a 3.44 grade-point average, he will attend the University of Michigan, where his brother, Hamoody, started at midfield this year as a freshman.

Girls Soccer -- Kealia Ohai
Alta High School, Sandy, Utah
A two-time NSCAA/adidas First Team All-American, Ohai was named the NSCAA Player of the Year as a senior, and is a three-time Gatorade Utah Player of the Year. Ohai burst onto the scene as a freshman, scoring 28 goals, the most of any 5A player that fall, to lead Alta to the first of a state-record four straight state championships. With Ohai in the lineup, Alta finished 74-5-1 over that span, and finished this season ranked No. 30 in the ESPN RISE Fab 50. In her career, Ohai led 5A or the entire state in scoring all four years, finishing her career with 126 goals. She scored 34 goals and added 13 assists last fall, and was named Miss Soccer by the Deseret News and the 5A Most Valuable Player by the Salt Lake Tribune. A member of the U.S. Soccer Federation’s Under-16 and Uuner-17 National Teams, Ohai also was a two-time state placewinner in track and field in 2008, finishing fourth in the 100 meters and seventh in the long jump. Ohai will attend the University of North Carolina.

Boys Swimming -- Kyle Whitaker
Chesterton High School, Chesterton, Indiana
With eight individual titles and 12 overall, Whitaker ended his career as the most decorated boys swimmer in Indiana high school history. He broke his own national record in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:44.55, becoming the first four-time state champion in that event, and his time of 4:19.79 in the 500 freestyle set a state record. He also won three 100 butterfly state crowns. The Indiana High School Athletic Association named Whitaker the recipient of its Herman F. Keller Mental Attitude Award, presented to a senior who demonstrates the qualities of mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability. In the Speedo Junior National Championships last summer, Whitaker took the boys high point award, winning five individual events and setting meet records in all five: the 200 butterfly (1:56.95), the 400 individual medley (4:17.59), the 100 butterfly (53.31), the 200 freestyle (1:49.87) and the 200 individual medley (2:00.07). Whitaker will attend the University of Michigan.

Girls Swimming -- Emily Bos
Holland High School - Holland, Michigan
A two-time Division 2 Girls Swimmer of the Year, Bos is a six-time individual state champion who owns four state records, three as an individual. She set the all-class record (54.05) in the 100 backstroke in 2008, her third state title in that event, and set two Division 2 state records in the same meet: 22.62 in the 50 freestyle, winning the first of two titles in that event, and 1:45.27 as part of the 200 medley relay. Bos gave up a chance to become a four-time backstroke state champion to help her team earn more points, and she repeated as 50 freestyle champion and set another Division 2 record in the 100 freestyle (49.94), the second-fastest time in that event in state history, to help Holland earn state team runner-up honors. She competed in the backstroke at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, finishing 38th among 122 competitors, and is the 47th fastest female in the world in the event. The Detroit Athletic Club named Bos its Michigan Student Athlete of the Year, and she is just the second West Michigan recipient of the award in its 14-year history. She will attend Auburn University.

Boys Tennis -- Raleigh Smith
Gulliver Preparatory School, Miami, Florida
The 5-foot-10, 160-pound Smith completed a run of four consecutive 2A state singles championships, following up state titles at No. 5 singles as a freshman, No. 3 as a sophomore and No. 2 as a junior with the state crown at No. 1 singles this year. Smith also led Gulliver Prep to four consecutive state team titles. He never lost a singles match in team district, regional or state competitions, compiling a record of 38-0. He also never dropped a set in state competition the past three years. Ranked No. 24 nationally by, Smith owns a 25-13 junior tennis record. He won the United States Tennis Association’s (USTA) Boys Under-16 National Clay Court Doubles Championship in 2008 and finished in the top 12 in singles in 2009, and was the Plaza Cup doubles champion in 2009. Smith will attend Northwestern University, where he will be reunited with a former high school teammate, 2009 Miami Herald Player of the Year Chris Jackman.

Girls Tennis -- Lilly Kimbell
New Braunfels High School - New Braunfels, Texas
Earlier this month, the 5-foot-7 Kimbell became the ninth girl in Texas high school history to win four state singles titles, and the first to win any of them in 5A, the state’s largest classification. She followed up two 4A titles with a pair of 5A crowns. In her four state tournament appearances, Kimbell never lost a set, and dropped just 16 games in four state tournament matches this year. Last fall, Kimbell led New Braunfels to its third straight team title and second in 5A, and the Unicorns have won 75 straight matches and 120 of their last 123. Ranked No. 5 on’s Blue Chip list, Kimbell was the Orange Bowl Under-16 singles and doubles champion in 2007 and was the Texas Sectionals Grand Slam champion in 2009. In 2009 and again this year, she won a gold ball in doubles in the USTA Spring Supernationals and swept the singles and doubles titles in the Under-18 National Open Championships. She will attend the University of Georgia.

Boys Track and Field -- Sam Crouser
Gresham High School - Gresham, Oregon
On May 1, the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Crouser set a national high school record in the javelin, unleashing a throw of 244 feet, 2 inches at the Centennial Invitational on his home field. A two-time 6A state champion in the event, Crouser set a state meet record with a throw of 239-1 as a junior. He also finished second in the shot put last year – to his cousin, Ryan Crouser, a junior and candidate for Senior Athlete of the Year honors next year – and fourth as a sophomore. Sam Crouser also finished third in the discus the past two years, and owns the nation’s best performance in that event this spring, a throw of 205 feet, 10 inches that broke Ryan’s state meet record by more than four feet. Next year, Crouser will begin a second generation of track and field tradition at the University of Oregon. His father, Dean, won three NCAA titles, and still holds the school records in the shot put and discus; his uncle, Brian Crouser, won the NCAA javelin title in 1982 for Oregon, and was a two-time Olympian in 1988 and 1992.

Girls Track and Field -- A’Lexus Brannon
Ozen High School - Beaumont, Texas
The University of Texas recruit ended her career as one of the top jumpers in Texas high school history. She won her fourth 4A state title in the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 3 inches, winning the event by nearly 2½ feet with the nation’s longest jump this season. She followed that with another national-best jump, a personal best 42 feet, ¾ inch in the triple jump, her third state title in that event, to extend the status she already held as the national leader and giving her seven gold medals in state competition. Brannon was the long jump champion in the USA Track and Field National Junior Olympic Outdoor Championships last year, with a leap of 19-10¼, and finished fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 39-6½, and has competed in both events and the 100-meter hurdles in national events. In the International Association of Athletics Federations World Youth Championships, Brannon finished eighth in the long jump and 15th in the triple jump in 2009.

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