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2012 Athlete of the Year
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Football -- Johnathan Gray
Aledo High School Aledo, Texas

The first player to be named ESPN Rise Player of the Year as a junior, Gray added to his trophy case as a senior when he was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year. Nominated for GTM Sportswear Athlete of the Month honors by the NHSCA in September, Gray led Aledo to a 14-2 record and a third consecutive 4A state title last fall. He rushed for 10,889 yards in his career to rank No. 2 in state history. The 5-foot-10, 202-pound Gray rushed for 3,886 yards – No. 5 all-time according to the National Federation of State High School Associations record book – and a state-record 65 touchdowns on 347 carries as a senior, and also caught 26 passes for 517 yards and five scores. His 205 career rushing touchdowns are a national record, and his 1,232 career points rank second nationally. The No. 5 recruit in the Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU, Gray set state records in career carries and 100-yard games. He became the third prep athlete in state history to eclipse 10,000 career rushing yards. A three-year veteran of his school’s student council and a representative on the Aledo Independent School District Health Committee, Gray maintains a B average in the classroom. In addition to donating his time as a youth football instructor and a mentor to special education students, the University of Texas recruit has volunteered on behalf of his church’s youth group, an alcohol and drug awareness program and Baylor All Saints Hospital’s Helping Hands Foundation. His father, James, earned collegiate Second Team All-America honors in 1989 and stands No. 2 on Texas Tech University’s list of career rushing leaders. 

Baseball -- Joey Gallo
Bishop Gorman High School - Las Vegas, Nevada
Considered the top senior corner infield prospect by ESPN Rise, the 6-foot-5, 205-pound Gallo leads the nation with 20 home runs and 79 RBIs, according to He has led six-time defending state champion Bishop Gorman to a 37-3 record this spring. The left-handed hitter is batting .519 with 63 runs scored, eight doubles and 12 stolen bases, and has gone hitless in just seven games. Gallo has signed with Louisiana State University, but he is projected to be a first-round selection in the upcoming Major League Draft. His power potential is being compared to another Las Vegas product, 2010 No. 1 overall pick Bryce Harper, now starting for the Washington Nationals. Last spring, Gallo batted .471 with 25 home runs, 79 RBIs and 64 runs scored, and was named to the High School All-America second team by Baseball America. Last summer, in the Perfect Game All-American Classic at Petco Park in San Diego, Gallo hit a 442-foot home run into the center-field bleachers, the 10th-longest home run hit in the park’s history. In February, he had two hits in three at-bats in a scrimmage against Lucas Giolito of Westlake Village (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake School, who is projected to be the top overall pick. Gallo was a starter on the USA Baseball Under-18 National Team that went 9-0 to win the Pan-American Championships at Cartagena, Colombia, outscoring its opponents by an 88-8 margin. 

Softball -- Rainey Gaffin
Legacy High School - Broomfield, Colorado
Gaffin has been one of the main reasons that Legacy, which opened its doors in 2000, has now won five consecutive 5A state softball titles and built a 70-game winning streak that carried into this season. Playing for her mother, Legacy coach Dawn Gaffin, Rainey, a 5-foot-10 right-hander, has been the Lightning’s starting pitcher for two years. She was named Boulder-based Player of the Year for the second straight year after she scorched opposing pitchers for a .591 batting average and a school-record 15 home runs last fall, while compiling a 22-2 record, a 1.74 earned-run average and 124 strikeouts on the mound using a curveball-screwball combination. That performance also earned her ESPN Rise Player of the Year honors. As a junior, Gaffin was a perfect 23-0 with a 0.98 ERA, striking out 109 and walking just 18 in 124 innings, and in November of that year, she was named GTM Sportswear Athlete of the Month by the NHSCA. She also batted .693 with 13 doubles, 41 RBIs and 44 runs scored. She is a two-time Gatorade Colorado Player of the Year, two-time 5A state tournament Most Valuable Player, The Denver Post two-time All-Colorado Player of the Year and the 2011 Colorado Sportswoman of the Year. Gaffin, who owns a 3.39 grade-point average, will attend the University of Tennessee. 

Volleyball -- Jordan Burgess
Berkeley Preparatory School - Tampa, Florida
The 6-foot-1 outside hitter led the Buccaneers to a 30-2 record and its third consecutive 4A state championship. She amassed 553 kills, 514 service receptions, 366 digs, 48 aces, 38 assists and 32 blocks while recording a hitting percentage of .457, earning Florida 4A Player of the Year honors. She had 539 kills, 320 digs, 58 blocks and 51 aces as a junior. She was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year after earning Gatorade Florida Player of the Year honors for the third time, and also is a two-time U.S. Girls National Team member. The Junior of the Year last year, Burgess received the Florida Dairy Farmers Miss Volleyball award for the second straight year, becoming the first repeat winner in the award’s 20-year history, and was named an Under Armour First Team All-American. Also an outstanding student, Burgess has maintained a 3.9 grade-point average, scored 2100 on the SAT and will attend Stanford University. Burgess also is a founding director of Everyone Should Play, an organization that raises funds to help disadvantaged youths with the high cost of playing competitive sports. 

Field Hockey -- Emma Bozek
Lakeland High SchoolShrub Oak, New York
Bozek had 77 points this season, scoring 40 goals and adding a national-best 37 assists to lead the Hornets to a 21-1 record, a third consecutive Class B state championship and the No. 3 final national ranking according to She finished her career with 119 goals and 58 assists, and was one of just three players nationally to reach the 30-30 club in goals and assists as a senior. Bozek was named to the Harrow Sports/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) First Team for the second consecutive year, and also was an NFHCA All-Academic Team selection. Selected to train at the Junior National Camp for field hockey the past two summers, Bozek also is a two-time member of the USA Under-17 Women’s National Field Hockey Team, which competed in the DOMO International Easter Hockey Tournament in the Netherlands. Bozek will attend the University of North Carolina. 

Wrestling -- Mark Grey
Blair Academy - Blairstown Township, New Jersey
In April, Grey won the 132-pound title in the NHSCA National High School Seniors Wrestling Championships at Virginia Beach, Va., and was the recipient of the Jeff Reese Memorial Award as the meet’s Outstanding Wrestler. It was the second significant victory for the Cornell University recruit in an NHSCA national event this season. In January, Grey’s decision win in the final match of the NHSCA Wrestling Festival lifted Blair Academy (20-0) past Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward High, 27-22 in a No. 1-vs.-No. 2 showdown, cementing the Bucs’ spot atop the national rankings this season. That victory earned Grey GTM Sportswear Athlete of the Month honors from the NHSCA. A four-time National Prep Championships champion, Grey finished 27-2 this season, 133-7 in his career and won titles at 103, 119 and 125 pounds prior to this season. Grey also has a long history of success in USA Wrestling events. He was a double Cadet National champion in 2008 and the Cadet National Greco-Roman champion in 2009, the FILA Cadet National freestyle champion in 2010 and was the runner-up in the FILA Junior freestyle World Team Trials last year. Grey was selected to the ASICS All-America First Team at 132 this year. 

Boys Basketball -- Perry Ellis
Wichita Heights High School - Wichita, Kansas
The 6-foot-8, 225-pound post player led Wichita Heights to four 6A state championships and became the first player to be named All-State four times by The Wichita Eagle. Ellis scored 2,231 career points, breaking a Wichita City League record that had stood since 1981, and had 987 career rebounds as he led the Falcons (23-2) on a state-record 62-game winning streak that was set this season. Ellis averaged 25.8 points, 9.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 steals as a senior and shot 67 percent from the field, including 43 percent from three-point range, and 78 percent from the free-throw line, hitting 195 free throws. The McDonald’s All-American had 29 points and seven rebounds in the Falcons’ 67-60 title-game victory over Overland Park Blue Valley Northwest High. Named to the All-USA Today Second Team, Ellis, the Gatorade Kansas Player of the Year, is the first player in the award program’s 27-year history to be a four-time state Player of the Year selection. Also an outstanding student, Ellis ranks No. 1 in his class with a 4.0 grade-point average, and serves as secretary of his school’s National Honor Society chapter. The University of Kansas recruit has volunteered locally on behalf of the Wichita Children’s Home, with the Real Men, Real Heroes Teen Hero program, as part of youth literacy-outreach initiatives and as a motivational speaker to youth athletes, addressing the importance of education. 

Girls Basketball – Breanna Stewart
Cicero-North Syracuse High School Cicero - New York
The 6-foot-4 forward’s record-breaking performance helped the Northstars become the first New York State Public High Athletic Association titlist since 2001 to win the AA New York State Federation Tournament of Champions. Stewart had a triple double – 13 points, 13 rebounds and 13 blocks – in the AA Public championship game, then racked up 22 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocks as Cicero-North Syracuse (23-3), ranked No. 10 in the final POWERADE FAB 50, routed reigning 14-time Public Schools Athletic League champion New York Murry Bergtraum High, 60-28 in the championship game. She also had 42 points and 22 rebounds in an 80-55 semifinal victory over Brooklyn Nazareth High, hitting 15 of 20 shots from the field. Her 64 points and 38 rebounds were both tournament records, and she averaged 26.4 points, 14.2 rebounds, 4.1 blocks, 3.2 steals and 3.1 assists as a senior. The University of Connecticut signee was named the girls Morgan Wootten Player of the Year by McDonald’s, the Gatorade National Player of the Year, the All-USA Today Player of the Year and the USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year. Last summer, Stewart averaged team highs of 11.2 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks while playing just 19.9 minutes as the USA won the FIBA Under-19 world championship in Puerto Montt, Chile. She was the second youngest team member. She also was the only high school player to represent her country in the Pan-American Games last fall in Guadalajara, Mexico. She also played on two other gold medal-winning teams: the Under-16 national team (FIBA Americas, 2009) and the Under-17 national team (FIBA World Championships, 2010). 

Boys Cross Country -- Futsum Zeinasellassie
North Central High School - Indianapolis, Indiana
As a freshman, the 5-foot-8 Zeinasellassie finished second at the cross country state meet, seventh at the Foot Locker National Championships, and won the 3,200-meter track and field state title. He became Indiana’s third three-time cross country state champion last fall by running the 5,000 meters in 14:48.8, a course record, winning the race by 44 seconds. Zeinasellassie is a two-time Foot Locker Nationals runner-up, won the Nike Cross Nationals in 2011 in a course-record 15:02.41, and was named the Gatorade National Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year and the National Boys Senior Athlete of the Year by This spring, he won the 3,200 in the prestigious Arcadia (Calif.) Invitational in 8:47.75, breaking a 37-year-old record for the fastest time by an Indiana runner and recording the nation’s fastest time in the event this year according to A native of Eritrea who emigrated to the United States at the age of 14, Zeinasellassie has maintained a B average in the classroom. A devoted member of his church community, where his father is a pastor, he has volunteered with youth track programs and raised funds to benefit a school in Kenya. He will attend Northern Arizona University, where his older brother, Bahlbi Gebreyohanns, is a sophomore member of the cross country team.

Girls Cross Country– Molly Seidel
University Lake School - Hartland, Wisconsin
Last fall, the 5-foot-4 Seidel became just the second Wisconsin girl to become a four-time state champion, joining three-time Olympian Suzy Favor-Hamilton of Stevens Point High (1982-85). Seidel won the Division 3 title in 13:39.59, breaking the all-class state record she set last year by five seconds. This spring, she also could become a four-time track and field state champion in the 1,600 and the 3,200. Last spring, her winning times in the 1,600 (4:51.54) and the 3,200 (10:33.15) were Division 3 state records. By slashing eight and 22 seconds off those times, respectively, she could claim the all-class record in each event. She won the Foot Locker Midwest Regional (17:08) and the Foot Locker Nationals (17:22) and was named the Gatorade National Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year and the National Girls Senior Athlete of the Year by Last year, Seidel also established the national record for 4,000 meters when she won the Lancer Invitational in 13:10.08. Also an outstanding student, Seidel ranks No. 1 in her class with a 4.0 grade-point average, was a National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist and scored 34 on the ACT, including a perfect 36 on the English portion. She will attend the University of Notre Dame. 

Boys Golf – Wyndham Clark
Valor Christian High School - Highlands Ranch, Colorado
In what will go down as arguably the best two-day performance ever at a Colorado high school state golf tournament, Clark shot back-to-back 8-under-par rounds of 64 last fall to win his second 4A state championship, his 36-hole total of 128 winning by eight strokes. Clark also won the state title as a sophomore and finished second in state his freshman and junior years. Clark hit all but two greens in regulation in the tournament, had a half-dozen birdie putts skim the edge of the cup and was 10-under on the course’s par-5 holes. Named the 4A Player of the Year by The Denver Post, Clark, No. 24 in the Polo Golf Rankings, was one of four American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) players selected to receive the Byron Nelson International Junior Golf Awards. The awards will be presented at the PGA Tour HP Byron Nelson Championship and Awards Dinner presented by American Airlines. The 2010 Colorado State Amateur champion, Clark is a two-time Rolex Junior All-American and has 11 career AJGA top-10 finishes, including a win at the 2010 Under Armour/Vicky Hurst Championship. He will attend Oklahoma State University. 

Girls Golf -- Megan Blonien
Altus High School - Altus, Oklahoma
Blonien became the second Oklahoma girl – and the first in 5A – in the 82-year history of the state tournament to win four individual titles. Trailing two golfers by a stroke after the first round, Blonien rallied with the only sub-70 round shot by anyone in the tournament – a 3-under-par 67 – to take the title by three strokes. She shot 75-67-142. She had four birdies and one bogey in her final round, and needed only 27 putts. The only other four-time state champion: Lacey Jones of Idabel High School, who won four 4A titles from 2001-04. As a freshman, Blonien shot a hole-in-one en route to a final-round 71 as she took her first title. The two-time defending Oklahoma Girls Junior state champion, Blonien also won the event’s Long Drive Contest in the 16-17 age group with a drive of 291 yards. Her final-round 72 made her the first Oklahoma golfer to win the Girls Open title in the 28-year history of the Texas-Oklahoma Junior Golf Tournament last summer, a title she won by a record 16 strokes, and also qualified for the match play portion of the U.S. Girls Junior Amateur. She will attend Oklahoma State University. 

Boys Soccer -- Andrew Harris
The Gilman School - Baltimore, Maryland
The only goalkeeper to become a two-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) High School All-American this year, the 6-foot, 190-pound Harris made 10 saves and recorded his school-record 13th shutout in his junior season, leading the Greyhounds to a 17-2-3 record and their first Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship since 1995. He was named All-Metro Player of the Year by The Baltimore Sun as a junior and the Gatorade Maryland Player of the Year as a senior. This year, Harris led the Greyhounds (18-4-1) back to the conference title game. He broke his own school record by recording 15 shutouts, and allowed just 10 goals all season. Also an expert ball-handler, Harris was a forward for the Greyhounds as a freshman, scoring three goals. In his three years as a starter, Harris was 52-14-7 with 37 shutouts. Also an outstanding student with a 3.5 grade-point average, Harris is the senior class vice president and a member of the school’s judiciary committee. A member of the U.S. Soccer Under-18 Team pool, Harris will attend Wake Forest University. 

Girls Soccer -- Ashley Spivey
The McDonogh School - Owings Mills, Maryland
A rare three-time selection to the NSCAA High School All-America Team, the 5-foot-10 Spivey was a forward in her first two years at McDonogh, recording 45 goals and 26 assists to earn First Team All-Metro status in both seasons. When Spivey moved to central midfield for her junior season, McDonogh took off, winning Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championships her junior and senior seasons and finishing 18-3 last fall. She had 18 goals and 16 assists as a senior, including five goals and three assists in three postseason games. She finished her career with 85 goals and 57 assists, and earned back-to-back All-Metro Player of the Year honors from The Baltimore Sun. Ranked the No. 6 overall recruit in the nation, the No. 1 in the Mid Atlantic and the No. 2 central midfielder by, Spivey is a two-time ESPN Rise Maryland Player of the Year and a two-time Gatorade Maryland Player of the Year. A member of the USA Soccer Under-18 National Team, Spivey has been in National Team pools since her Under-14 days. She was part of the Under-17 World Cup qualifying team in Costa Rica in 2010 and played with the Nordic Cup Champions in Denmark in 2009. Also an outstanding student with a 3.72 grade-point average, she will attend the University of Maryland. 

Boys Swimming – Matias Koski
Northview High School - Johns Creek, Georgia
Koski's family emigrated to the United States from Finland in 1997, eventually settling in the Atlanta area prior to his eighth-grade year. Koski appears a certainty to earn his third Georgia Male Swimmer of the Year honor after becoming a three-time 5A state champion in both the 200- and 500-meter freestyle. He competed in three races this year and set state records in each. Koski broke his own state record in the 200 (1:36.15), set another record in the 500 (4:18.57) and swam the anchor leg on the Northview 4x100 freestyle relay team that set a third record (3:06.26). He also owns the state record in the 100 freestyle and 10 age-group state records. Last summer, Koski was the USA Swimming Junior National champion in the 800 freestyle and was runner-up in the 200, 400 and 500 freestyle. He holds the Finnish national record in the 800 freestyle and was a finalist in the 2011 European Junior Championship in the 200 and 400 freestyle. Koski also won the Finnish National Championship in the 100 and 400 freestyle, and will compete in the Summer Olympics for his native Finland in both events. He will attend the University of Georgia. 

Girls Swimming – Bonnie Brandon
Cherry Creek High School - Greenwood Village, Colorado
One of the most storied swimmers to come out of one of Colorado’s most storied programs, the 6-foot-2 Brandon went 4-for-4 in the 5A state championships, finishing her career with 14 titles – seven individual and seven in relays. She also won four events her freshman and sophomore years. Brandon broke her own state records in winning the 200 individual medley and the 500 freestyle for the second time in her career, and also was a part of the Bruins’ state-record 200 freestyle relay performance in 2011. Her time of 1:59.09 in the medley was 2.8 seconds faster than the record she set in the preliminaries the previous day. And in the 500, her time of 4:43.52 beat the state record she set as a sophomore by more than eight seconds. Brandon also swam anchor legs to help the Bruins to a sweep of the 200 and 400 freestyle relays. She also owns titles in the 50 and 400 freestyle and the 100 backstroke. The former national record holder in the 13-14 age group in the 200 backstroke, Brandon was the silver medalist at the Junior Pan-Pacific Championships in 2010 and at the Pan-American Games in 2011, finishing third in the USA Swimming National Championships. She is ranked fourth in the United States and 24th in the world in the event. Also an outstanding student with a 4.0 grade-point average, she will attend the University of Arizona. 

Boys Tennis -- Brett Clark
Barron G. Coller High School Naples, Florida
Few players are talented enough to claim multiple state championships in Florida, and fewer still are versatile enough to excel in both singles and doubles. Clark did both during his career. He was a double champion his sophomore, junior and senior seasons, helping lead Barron Collier to the 3A state team title all three years. After taking the state title at No. 2 singles as a sophomore, the 6-foot-2 right-hander took No. 1 singles titles as a junior and senior, becoming just the 16th player in state history to win two championships at the No. 1 spot. The 3A Player of the Year, who also won a pair of team singles titles, was named the Florida Dairy Farmers Boys Player of the Year. His three straight state titles at No. 1 doubles made him become just the fifth player to accomplish that feat. He did not drop a set in either singles or doubles over those three seasons. Clark also competed at No. 1 doubles as a freshman, advancing to the state semifinals. Ranked the No. 6 recruit nationally by, Clark owns a 49-11 record in Junior competition. Last summer, the University of North Carolina recruit won the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Florida Under-18 Closed Sectional, was a finalist in the USTA Under-18 Clay Court Championships and advanced to the round of 64 in the U.S. Open Junior Championships. 

Girls Tennis -- Ronit Yurovsky
Plum High School - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Ranked the No. 8 recruit nationally by and the top-ranked player from the Middle Atlantic region, Yurovsky completed her career by winning her second consecutive 3A state singles title last fall. She was a four-time state placewinner, finishing third in state as a sophomore and second in state as a freshman. Before winning her second state title, Yurovsky became just the second girl to become a three-time Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) singles champion. She lost just five singles matches in her high school career and was undefeated in regular-season play. Currently ranked No. 16 on the USTA Under-18 girls list, Yurovsky owns a 14-8 Junior record. The University of Michigan recruit claimed the singles title at the 2010 USTA Interscholastics Championship East and was a bronze ball winner as a semifinalist at the 2008 Easter Bowl. This winter, she was a semifinalist in the USTA Under-18 Regional Segment and a finalist in the USTA Under-18 National Open, both held in Grand Rapids, Mich. Yurovsky also was named a 2011 Scholar-Athlete Extra Effort Award recipient and is a volunteer for the Make a Wish Foundation and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness Fund. 

Boys Track and Field -- Jarrion Lawson
Liberty-Eylau High School - Texarkana, Texas
A two-time 3A state champion in the triple jump and the long jump, the 6-foot-1 Lawson set 3A records in both events in the state meet this spring. His winning triple jump of 51-10¼, nearly four feet better than the second-place jump, and his winning long jump of 25-8, which won by 2½ feet, were 1½” and 3½” shy of the all-class state records, respectively, and both are the longest jumps in the nation this year according to Lawson was named the 3A Most Outstanding Athlete for the second straight year, and helped the Leopards to a third-place state finish. As a sophomore, he finished fourth in the triple jump and was part of a state champion 4x400 relay team. A three-sport athlete, Lawson earned second-team All-State honors in football as a defensive back with five interceptions, and averaged 7.1 points as a guard on the basketball team. Lawson finished third in the triple jump and fifth in the long jump at the AUU Junior Olympics last summer, and he was the gold medalist in the triple jump at the AAU Junior Olympics Intermediate in 2010. Also an outstanding student, the University of Arkansas recruit is ranked No. 11 in his class. 

Girls Track and Field -- Shelbi Vaughan
Legacy High School - Mansfield, Texas
The three-time state discus champion set a national high school record in the event at the Texas Relays on March 31. Her throw of 191-6 bettered by nearly 15 feet the personal best she had established just one week earlier, and broke the national record of 190-3, which had stood since 2009. She went on to set the all-class state record in the 5A state meet with a throw of 187-10, and also won her first shot put title with a throw of 50-1¼. She was the state runner-up in the shot put her sophomore and junior seasons. This year’s discus title was her second in 5A. After transferring from Azle High School, where she won the 4A discus title as a sophomore with a throw of 144-8, Vaughan won as a junior with a then-5A record throw of 161 feet. Deceptively fast despite her 6-foot-2 frame, she also ran on Legacy’s 4x100 relay team. Last summer, Vaughan won the discus at the USATF Outdoor Junior Championships at Eugene, Ore. (165-5) and the Pan-American Junior Championships at Miramar, Fla. (174-3). She was the bronze medalist at the IAAF World Youth Championships at Lille, France (172-6). Her meet-best throw of 176-5¼ didn’t count because it occurred in the preliminaries. An all-around athlete, Vaughan started playing T-ball at age 3, played basketball until her sophomore year and, despite her track and field accomplishments, will attend Texas A&M University on a volleyball scholarship, though the outside hitter plans to compete in both sports. Vaughan, who holds a 3.7 grade-point average, led her team in kills (579), blocks (70) and aces (51) and was second in digs (367).

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