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2017 Athlete of the Year
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Baseball

Royce Lewis
JSerra School - San Juan Capistrano, California

 

After being announced as the NHSCA Senior Baseball Athlete of the Year, Lewis was drafted No. 1 overall in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft by the Minnesota Twins.  In his first minor league at-bat, Lewis hit a home run.  During his senior season, Lewis hit .377 with four home runs and 25 stolen bases. Lewis is a member of USA Baseball’s Under18 team that won the gold medal at the Pan American Championships in Mexico last year.   Lewis carries a 3.10 GPA, plus he volunteers at a children’s hospital in San Diego. Lewis is the third athlete from California to win the NHSCA Baseball Senior Athlete of the Year Award.  Brady Aiken of Cathedral Catholic, who is currently a minor league pitcher with the Cleveland Indians, won the award in 2014.  Kyle Skipworth of Patriot High School, who played with the Miami Marlins, won the award in 2008.

 

 

 

Boys’ Basketball

Michael Porter, Jr.
Nathan Hale High School - Seattle, Washington

 

Michael Porter had an outstanding senior season leading his team to a perfect 29-0 record and a Washington Class 3A state championship.  Porter, who will attend the University of Missouri in the fall, finished the 2016-17 season averaging a double-double with 36.2 points per game and 13.6 rebounds with five assists, 3.2 steals and 2.7 blocks. Porter, who transferred from Father Tolton High School Missouri before his senior season when his father was hired as a coach at the University of Washington, finished his four-year career in high school with 3,427 points.  Gatorade and USA TODAY have also named Porter the Player of the Year, plus he won the Naismith Player of the Year Award as the top college recruit in the nation. Porter maintained an A-average in the classroom, plus he volunteered on behalf of his church’s youth ministry. Porter is the first athlete from Washington to win the NHSCA Boys’ Basketball Senior Athlete of the Year Award.

 

 

Girls’ Basketball

Megan Walker
Monacan High School - Richmond, Virginia

 

Walker, who will attend the University of Connecticut in the fall, averaged 26 points per game with eight rebounds per contest during her senior season.  Monacan was a perfect 30-0 this season, winning its third straight Virginia Class 4A state title.  Walker finished her career with 2,067 points and was also named the 2017 Naismith Female Athlete of the Year. Walker is an excellent student with a 3.83 grade point average and also volunteers as a youth coach at a daycare center. Walker is the second Virginia girls’ high school basketball player to win this award. Elisabeth Williams of Princess Anne High School won the NHSCA Girls’ Basketball Athlete of the Year award in 2011.

 

 

 

Boys’ Cross Country

Casey Clinger  
American Fork High School - American Fork, Utah

 

Casey Clinger, who will run at Brigham Young University, became the first boy to win back-to-back individual titles at the Nike Cross Country Nationals in December.  Clinger closed-out his high school career by winning the 5A state title, his sixth in the sport.  Clinger won the 2016 5A title with a course record of 14-minutes, 42.9 seconds. Clinger also won back-to-back Gatorade Utah Boys’ Cross Country Awards, plus he was named the Gatorade’s National Boys’ Cross Country Runner of the Year Award. Clinger is an excellent student with a 4.0 GPA and an Eagle Scout. Clinger is the first runner from Utah to win the NHSCA Boys’ Senior Cross Country Athlete of the Year Award.

 

 

 

Girls’ Cross Country

Brie Oakley
Grandview High School - Aurora, Colorado

 

Brie Oakley, who only started running cross country as a junior, won Colorado’s Class 5A title last year and then won the Nike Cross National’s individual title by 28 seconds.  As a junior in her first state cross country meet, Oakley, who will run at the University of California in Berkeley, finished second.  Then during track season, she set a 5A state meet record in winning the 3,200-meter and 1,600-meter races. Oakley, who also won Gatorade’s National Girls’ Runner of the Year Award, is an excellent student with a 4.6 grade point average.  She’s the second straight Colorado runner to win the NHSCA Senior Girls’ Cross Country Athlete of the Year.  Katie Rainsberger from Air Academy in Colorado Springs won the award last year.

 

 

 

Field Hockey

Kourtney Kennedy
Watertown High School - Watertown, Massachusetts

 

Kourtney Kennedy closed-out her outstanding high school career without a loss and four straight Massachusetts Division 2 state championships.  Kennedy scored the winning goal in her team’s 4-3 win over Oakmont Regional in the state final, which extended Watertown’s national record win streak to 123 straight.  Watertown also has a 183 game unbeaten streak. Kennedy, who has accepted a scholarship to play at the University of Connecticut, was her team’s leading scorer, finishing her career with over 100 goals.  As a junior and a senior, she was named second team All-American, plus she was named to the Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic teams in 2016. Kennedy is the first winner of the National Senior Field Hockey Player of the Year Award from Massachusetts.

 

 

 

Football

Tate Martell
Bishop Gorman High School - Las Vegas, Nevada

 

Tate Martell finished his career 45-0 as the school’s starting quarterback with 113 touchdown passes. During his senior year, Martell completed 136 of 215 passes for 2,362 yards and 41 touchdowns with just one interception. He also ran for 1,257 yards and 21 touchdowns. Martell led Bishop Gorman to three straight USA TODAY Super 25 national championships, plus the Gaels finished No. 1 in the 2016 High School Football America Top 50. Martell played in the 2017 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.

In the classroom has a 3.32 GPA, plus he volunteers as a youth football coach and mentors elementary school students. Martell is attending Ohio State University. Martell is the first student-athlete from Nevada to win the NHSCA Senior Football Player of the Year Award.

 

 

 

Boys’ Golf

Kaiwen Liu  
Torrey Pines High School - San Diego, California

 

Kaiwen Liu closed-out his high school career by finishing tied for sixth at the California Interscholastic Federation’s Boys’ State Golf Championships.  Liu, who has accepted a scholarship from the University of California at Berkeley, shot 1-over par, which helped his team finish in third place.  As a junior, Liu won the California Interscholastic Federation’s San Diego Section individual championship, which helped Torrey Pines High School win the team championship. Last year he was named to the Rolex Juniors All-America second team.  Liu was born in two hours outside of Shanghai, China.  He began playing golf at eight years old. Liu is the third California athlete to win the NHSCA Boys’ Senior Golf Athlete of the Year Award.   

 

 

Girls’ Golf

Kaitlyn Papp
Lake Travis High School - Austin, Texas

 

Kaitlyn Papp closed-out her scholastic career winning Texas’ Class 6A individual championship with a 7-under par 137, which helped Lake Travis to its third straight state championship.  Papp, who will attend Texas in the fall, is a four-time Rolex Junior All-American, earning first team honors in 2015 and 2016. 

Papp was named to USA Today's Second-Team All-American Girls' Golf team in 2016.  She was selected to represent the USA on the winning Junior Ryder Cup team and was selected to represent the USA at the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup in Toyota-shi, Japan. Papp is the second Texas student-athlete to win the NHSCA Girls’ Golf Athlete of the Year Award. 

 

 

 

Boys’ Soccer

Stephen Milhoan
St. Ignatius High School - Cleveland, Ohio

 

Stephen Milhoan, who will attend Xavier University in the fall, closed-out his brilliant scholastic career by leading St. Ignatius to its third straight Ohio state Division I soccer championship last fall. Milhoan ended his career with 80 goals and 39 assists.  He was the National Soccer Coaches of America’s 2016 National Player of the Year.  Milhoan is also a two-time winner of the Ohio Soccer Coaches Association’s Division I Player of the Year Award. Milhoan is the first Ohio athlete to win the NHSCA Boys’ Soccer Athlete of the Year Award.

 

 

 

Girls’ Soccer

Hope Breslin
Massapequa High School - Massapequa, New York

 

Hope Breslin had an outstanding high school career, leading her school to three Class AA state championships along with a runner-up finish.  Breslin and her teammates just missed winning a fourth straight state title in November 2016, losing to Arlington 2-1 in double overtime.  Massapequa did win four straight Long Island championships with Breslin on the team. Breslin, who was New York’s Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior, ended her career as Massapequa’s all-time leading scorer with 82 goals.  She had 35 goals this past season, which is a school record.  Breslin was the Class AA Player of the Year.  A National Honor Society student, Breslin will attend the University of Illinois on a scholarship. Breslin is the second New York athlete to win the NHSCA Girls’ Soccer Athlete of the Year Award. 

 

 

 

Softball

Alexis Holloway
Crown Point High School - Crown Point, Indiana

 

Alexis Holloway had an outstanding senior season, leading Crown Point to its first-ever state championship in softball.   Crown Point won the Class 4A title game with Holloway in the circling, striking-out six batters in the championship game.  Crown Point finished 30-2 record.  Not only was Holloway the team’s top pitcher with a 22-1 record, she is also one of the best hitters with a batting average above .400. Holloway, who will attend Notre Dame in the fall, carries a 4.42 GPA.  She’s a finalist for the Indiana Miss Softball Award.  Holloway has been a First Team member of Indiana’s All-State team three years running. Holloway is the first player from Indiana to win the NSHCA Senior Softball Athlete of the Year Award.

 

 

 

Boys’ Swimming

Ryan Hoffer
Chaparral High School - Scottsdale, Arizona

 

Ryan Hoffer closed-out his high school career by helping his school win Arizona’s Division II swimming and diving championship.  Hoffer won state gold in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly.  He won both events by setting a new state record.  His time in the 50-yard freestyle is believed to be the second fast all-time at the high school level. Hoffer, who will attend the University of California at Berkeley in the fall, is the No. 1 swimmer in the Class of 2017, according to SwimSwam.com.  Hoffer is a member of the USA Swimming Junior National Team. In December 2015, Hoffer set a national age-group (17) record in the 100-yard freestyle at 41.23, becoming only the second swimmer under 18 to break 42 seconds. Hoffer is the second swimmer from Arizona to win the NHSCA National Boys’ Swimming Athlete of the Year Award. 

 

 

Girls’ Swimming

Brooke Forde
Sacred Heart Academy - Louisville, Kentucky

 

Brooke Forde closed-out her scholastic career with two individual state gold medals, giving her five for her high school career.  Forde, who will attend Stanford University, captured state titles in the 200-and-500 freestyle events, setting new records in the process.  She also was part of two gold medal winning relay teams at the Kentucky state championships. Forde is a member of the USA Swimming Junior National Team.  She won a gold medal at the Junior Pan-Pacs as a member of the 800-meter freestyle relay team.

Forde is the first swimmer from Kentucky to win the NHSCA National Girls’ Swimming Athlete of the Year Award.

 

 

 

Boys’ Tennis

Samukh Pathi
Westborough High School - Westborough, Massachusetts

 

Samukh Pathi won his third straight Massachusetts Division 1 individual championship during the 2016-17 school year, beating Dover-Sherborn’s Max Schuermann of St. John’s High School 6-3, 1-6, 7-5.  Pathi found himself down 5-3 in the third set before storming back to get his three-peat.  As a freshman, the 5-9 Pathi finished runner-up. Pathi, who is currently ranked No. 260 by the Tennis Recruiting Network, didn’t lose a match during the 2017 season.  He finishes his high school career with an 84-3 record.  He will play at Colby College in the fall. Pathi is the first Massachusetts student-athlete to win the NHSCA Boys’ Tennis Athlete of the Year Award.

 

 

 

Girls’ Tennis

Stephanie Schrage
Millburn High School, Millburn, New Jersey

 

Stephanie Schrage, who will play tennis in college at Princeton University, finished her high school career with a runner-up finish in the 2016 state individual championships.  Schrage captured the state title as a junior after a runner-up finish as a sophomore.  She only lost three matches in her entire scholastic career with over 100 victories.  Two of the losses came in the state finals, while the other was in the state quarterfinals as a freshman. Schrage has been a big part of the Millburn program that won four straight New Jersey Tournament of Champions state titles during her time in the program.  Millburn has won 99 straight matches heading into the 2017-18 high school sports season.  She is ranked the No. 6 recruit in the Class of 2017 by The Tennis Recruiting Network. Schrage is the second New Jersey student-athlete to win the NHSCA Girls’ Tennis Athlete of the Year Award. 

 

 

 

Boys’ Track and Field

Damion Thomas
Northeast High School - Oakland Park, Florida

 

Damion Thomas capped an outstanding scholastic career by winning his third straight Florida 110 hurdles state title.  Thomas, who will attend LSU on a scholarship, was the No. 3-ranked sprint hurdler in the nation during the 2016-17 school year. Thomas, who was named Gatorade’s Track and Field Athlete of Year as a junior and a senior, also won a silver medal at the New Balance Indoor Nationals, plus won the sprint hurdles at the 2017 Texas Relays with a time of 13.43 seconds.  Thomas holds the 14 and 15-year old age group national record in the 110 hurdles. Thomas is the second athlete from Florida to win the NHSCA Senior Boys’ Track and Field Athlete of the Year Award. 

 

 

Girls’ Track and Field

Kethlin Campbell
Shelbyville Central High School - Shelbyville, Tennessee

 

Kethlin Campbell captured three gold medals this past year by winning the 100- and 200 meter dash titles, plus the long jump at the Class AAA championships.  Her winning jump of 20-feet 3.5 inches was the sixth best in the nation in the spring during the 2016-17 school year. Campbell also won the Tennessee Indoor State Championship in the 200-meter dash and she’s the 60-meter state record holder.  Campbell won over 30 medals during her scholastic career. Campbell, who owns a 3.98 GPA, is a member of the National Honor Society and National Society of High School Scholars.  She’ll attend Duke on a track and field scholarship. Campbell was also Gatorade’s Tennessee Track and Field Athlete of the Year. Campbell is the first Tennessee student-athlete to win the NHSCA Girls’ Track and Field Athlete of the Year Award. 

 

 

 

Volleyball

Brooke Heyne
Skutt Catholic High School, Omaha, Nebraska

 

Brooke Heyne closed-out her scholastic carry by leading her school to a perfect 44-0 record, a Class B state championship and a No. 2 ranking in the USA TODAY Super 25.  Heyne recorded 474 kills, 362 digs and 40 service aces. Heyne, who will play at Kansas State, was named co-captain of the All-Nebraska team, along with being a MaxPreps’ first team All-American.  Heyne was also a 2016-17 Under Armour Third Team All-American. Heyne is the fifth Nebraska student-athlete to win the NHSCA Volleyball Athlete of the Year Award.

 

 

Wrestling

Stephan Glasgow
Bound Brook High School - Bound Brook, New Jersey

 

Stephan Glasgow, who was named the Outstanding Wrestler at the NHSCA Senior Nationals in March 2017, finished his high school career by winning his second New Jersey state individual championship.  He defeated two-time defending state champ Shane Griffith of Bergen Catholic 3-2 with a takedown with  25-seconds to go in the match. At the NHSCA Senior Nationals, after two national runner-up finishes, Glasgow captured his second NHSCA national title.  Glasgow, who was the Freshman National Champion in 2014, won the 152-pound title by technical fall in 5:37 over Kyle Jasenski of Albany Academy in New York in the finals. Glasgow, who will wrestle next year at Rutgers, finished his high school career with a record of 128-8.  He was ranked No. 4 by InterMat at 152 pounds. Glasgow is the fifth New Jersey wrestler to win the NHSCA’s National Wrestling Senior Athlete of the Year Award.  Other Garden State AOY winners are 4X NHSCA champ B.J. Clagon of Toms River South HS in 2013, Mark Grey of Blair Academy in 2012, Mark Perry of Blair Academy in 2003 and Steven Mocco of Blair Academy in 2001.

 

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