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Athlete of the Year

The National High School Athlete of the Year is selected by a national committee and honors the athlete that serves as a role model for all athletes throughout the country at all levels of competition. The athlete must exemplify a person of good moral character as well as achieving the highest level of success in their sport.

Each athlete will receive a beautiful sculpture and will be properly honored in the NHSCA National High School Sports Hall of Fame Museum. This museum is presently in the planning stages. Please click NHSCA National High School Sports Hall of Fame Museum at the top of this page for additional information.

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Boys Sports

Baseball

2000 Brian Hall, Carlsbad HS, Carlsbad, NM

2001 Joe Maurer, Cretin-Derham Hall HS, St. Paul, MN

2002 Jeff Francoeur, Parkview HS, Lilburn, GA

2003 Delmon Young, Camarillo HS, Camarillo, CA

2004 David “Homer” Bailey, LaGrange HS, LaGrange, TX

2005 Colby Rasmus, Russell County HS, Seale, AL

2006 Kyle Drabek, The Woodlands HS, Woodlands, TX

Basketball

2000 Zach Spivey, Coronado HS, Lubbock, TX

2001 Kevin Torbert, Ben Davis HS, Indianapolis, IN

2002 Nik Caner-Medley, Deering HS, Portland, ME

2003 Lebron James, St. Vincent-St. Mary HS, Akron, OH

2004 Dwight Howard, Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy, Atlanta, GA

2005 Josh McRoberts, Carmel HS, Carmel IN

2006 Greg Oden, Lawrence North HS, Indianapolis, IN

Cross Country

2000 Donald Sage, York HS, Elmhurst, IL

2001 Dathan Ritzenheim, Montgomery HS, Santa Rosa, CA

2002 Timothy Moore, Novi HS, Novi, MI

2003 Chris Solinsky, Stevens Point HS, Stevens Point, WI

2004 Matt Withrow, Victor J. Andrew HS, Tinley Park, IL

2005 Andrew Bumbalough, Brentwood Academy, Brentwood, TN

2006 A.J. Acosta, El Camino HS, Oceanside, CA

Football

2000 David Beck, Lockport HS, Lockport, NY

2001 Tyler Ebell, Ventura HS, Ventura, CA

2002 Lorenzo Booker, St. Bonaventure HS, Ventura, CA

2003 Austin Scott, Parkland HS, Austintown, PA

2004 Jeff Byers, Loveland HS, Loveland, CO

2005 Greg Paulus, Christian Brothers Academy, Syracuse, NY

2006 John Dergo, Morris HS, Morris, IL

Golf

2000 Jason Furlow, DuQuoin HS, DuQuoin, IL

2001 John Bradley Holmes, Taylor County HS, Campbellsville, KY

2002 James Frost, Calais HS, Calais, ME

2003 Brendon Todd, Green Hope HS, Cary, NC

2004 Arnie Cochran, West Torrance HS, Torrance, CA

2005 Brian Harman, Savannah Christian School, Savannah, GA

2006 Tim McKenney, Desert Mountain HS, Scottsdale, AZ

Soccer

2000 Dan Walsh, Air Academy, Colorado Springs, CO

2001 Ned Grabavoy, Lincoln-Way HS, New Lenox, IL

2002 David Walters, Lake Lehman HS, Lehman, PA

2003 Greg Dalby, Poway HS, Poway, CA

2004 Nick Colaluca, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI

2005 Lee Nguyen, Plano East HS, Plano, TX

2006 Eric Alexander, Portage Central HS, Portage, MI

Swimming

2000 Alex Lim, The Bolles School, Jacksonville, FL

2001 Matt McDonals, Hamilton Southeastern HS, Fishers, IN

2002 Tyler DeBerry, Sabino HS, Tucson, AZ

2003 Garrett Weber-Gale, Nicolet HS, Glendale, WI

2004 Kyle Bubolz, Waukesha North HS, Waukesha, WI

2005 Alex Righi, Brophy Jesuit College Prep School, Phoenix, AZ

2006 Shaune Fraser, The Bolles School, Jacksonville, FL

Tennis

2000 Geoff Russell, Mountain Pointe HS, Phoenix, AZ

2001 Brandon Gill, Park Tudor School, Indianapolis, IN

2002 Ryan McBride, Corona del Sol HS, Tempe, AZ

2003 Shane Tyree, Lake Howell HS, Winter Park, FL

2004 Keithan Gregg, Cut Bank HS, Cut Bank, MT

2005 Jack Marsh, Seton Catholic HS, Chandler, AZ

2006 Michael Dierberger, Nicolet HS, Glendale, WI

Track and Field

2000 David Fraser, Westfield HS, Houston, TX

2001 Alan Webb, South Lakes HS, Reston, VA

2002 Ryan Shields, Leo HS, Chicago, IL

2003 Earvin Parker, Lewisville HS, Lewisville, TX

2004 Xavier Carter, Palm Bay HS, Melbourne, FL

2005 Kevin Craddock, James Logan HS, Union City, CA

2006 David Klech, California HS, San Ramon, CA

Wrestling

2000 Jesse Jantzen, Shoreham-Wading River HS, Shoreham, NY

2001 Steve Mocco, Blair Academy, Blairstown, NJ

2002 Nathan Galloway, State College HS, State College, PA

2003 Mark Perry, Blair Academy, Blairstown, NJ

2004 Jeff Jaggers, St. Peter Chanel HS, Bedford, OH

2005 Dustin Schlatter, Perry HS, Massillon, OH

2006 Adam Hall, Bonners Ferry HS, Bonners Ferry, ID

Girls Sports

Basketball

2000 Allison Thompson, Pickens County HS, Jasper, GA

2001 Shyra Ely, Northwestern HS, Flint, MI

2002 Ann Strother, Highlands Ranch HS, Highlands Ranch, CO

2003 Brittany Hunter, Brookhaven HS, Columbus, OH

2004 Candace Parker, Naperville Central HS, Naperville, IL

2005 Abby Waner, ThunderRidge HS, Highlands Ranch, CO

2006 Tina Charles, Christ the King HS, Queens, NY

Cross Country

2000 Victoria Chang, Punahou HS, Honolulu, HI

2001 Sarah Bei, Rockford HS, Rockford, MI

2002 Amber Trotter, Ukiah HS, Ukiah, CA

2003 Amber Harper, Orem HS, Orem, UT

2004 Sunni Olding, Minster HS, Minster, OH

2005 Ramsey Kavan, Yankton HS, Yankton, SD

2006 Aislinn Ryan, Warwick Valley HS, Warwick Valley, NY

Field Hockey

2000 Jacque La Fleur, Bel Air HS, Bel Air, MD

2001 Carey Fetting-Smith, Bryn Mawr Girls School, Baltimore, MD

2002 Lori Hillman, Eastern Regional HS, Voorhees, NJ

2003 Laree Beans, Emmaus HS, Bethlehem, PA

2004 Caitlin Williams, St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Greenland, NH

2005 Kathy LePage, Skowhegan HS, Skowhegan, ME

2006 Amie Survilla, Crestwood HS, Mountain Top, PA

Golf

2000 Christine Hentzner, Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas, NV

2001 Sarah Sparks, East Noble HS, Kendallville, IN

2002 May Wood, The Baylor School, Chattanooga, TN

2003 Mandi McConnell, Grand Blanc HS, Grand Blanc, MI

2004 Amie Cochran, West Torrance HS, Torrance, CA

2005 Mari Chun, The Kamehameha School, Honolulu, HI

2006 Morgan Pressel, St. Andrews School, Boca Raton, FL

Soccer

2000 Ashley Sherbondy, Colorado Springs Christian School, Colorado Springs, CO

2001 Mary McDowell, Wheat Ridge HS, Wheat Ridge, CO

2002 Jill Oakes, Harvard-Westlake HS, North Hollywood, CA

2003 Heather O’Reilly, East Brunswick HS, East Brunswick, NJ

2004 Ashlyn Harris, Satellite HS, Satellite Beach, FL

2005 Amy Rodriguez, Santa Margarita Catholic HS, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

2006 Lauren Cheney, Ben Davis HS, Indianapolis, IN

Softball

2000 Kristen Schmidt, North Shore HS, Houston, TX

2001 Catherine Osterman, Cypress Springs HS, Cypress Springs, TX

2002 Alicia Hollowell, Fairfield HS, Fairfield, CA

2003 Lisa Dodd, University City HS, San Diego, CA

2004 Angelica Selden, Vanden HS, Fairfield, CA

2005 Valerie Chapple, Olathe East HS, Olathe, KS

2006 Kristen Shortridge, Keller HS, Keller, TX

Swimming

2000 Sara McLarty, Deland HS, Deland, FL

2001 Kaitlin Sanders, El Toro HS, Lake Forest, CA

2002 Mary Descenza, Rosary HS, Aurora, IL

2003 Kara Lynn Joyce, Pioneer HS, Ann Arbor, MI

2004 Rhiannon Jeffrey, Atlantic HS, Delray Beach, FL

2005 Hannah Smith, Dexter HS, Dexter, MI

2006 Alexandra Clarke, Sunnyslope HS, Phoenix, AZ

Tennis

2000 Chrissie Nolan, Glenbrook North HS, Northbrook, IL

2001 Brittney Dietz, Osborne HS, Osborne, KS

2002 Rankin Williams, Needham Broughton HS, Raleigh, NC

2003 Anne Yelsey, Corona del Mar HS, Newport Beach, CA

2004 Nicole Leimbach, Pine Creek HS, Colorado Springs, CO

2005 Katie Potts, Divine Savior Holy Angels HS, Milwaukee, WI

2006 Pavi Francis, Marcus HS, Lewisville, TX

Track and Field

2000 None awarded

2001 Monique Henderson, Samuel Morse HS, San Diego, CA

2002 Sally Meyerhoff, Mountain Pointe HS, Phoenix, AZ

2003 Allyson Felix, Los Angeles Baptist HS, Los Angeles, CA

2004 Ashley Owens, Liberty HS, Colorado Springs, CO

2005 Alexandra Anderson, Morgan Park HS, Chicago, IL

2006 Griffin Matthew, Niwot HS, Longmont, CO

Volleyball

2000 Laura Grote, Westwood HS, Austin, TX

2001 Jennifer Saleaumua, Bonita Vista HS, Chula Vista, CA

2002 Bre Ladd, Canyon del Oro HS, Tucson, AZ

2003 Kristin Richards, Timpanogos HS, Orem, UT

2004 Angie McGinnis, Fraser HS, Fraser, MI

2005 Cynthia Barboza, Wilson Classical HS, Long Beach, CA

2006 Megan Hodge, Riverside HS, Durham, NC