High-SchoolGirl: Breanna Stewart

Breanna Stewart wins Gatorade AOY

July, 11, 2012
Basketball star Breanna Stewart of Cicero-North Syracuse (Cicero, N.Y.) was named the Gatorade Female Athlete of the Year on Tuesday night in Los Angeles.

The UConn-bound senior who is the No. 1 prospect in the 2012 class was also the Gatorade girls' basketball national player of the year, the ESPN HoopGurlz player of the year and the Morgan Wootten player of the year.

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Six girls in running for Gatorade AOY

July, 10, 2012
Gatorade POY girlsSusan Goldman/Gatorade

Six outstanding girls are finalists for the 10th annual Gatorade Female High School Athlete of the Year Award. The winner will be announced on Tuesday in Los Angeles (ESPN3, 9:40 p.m. EDT) and will be recognized at the ESPYS the following evening.

Each of the contenders has already been honored as National Player of the Year in her respective sport.

Here are the finalists:

Volleyball: Jordan Burgess, Berkeley Prep (Tampa, Fla.)

Cross country: Molly Seidel, University Lake School (Hartland, Wis.)

Basketball: Breanna Stewart, Cicero-North Syracuse (Syracuse, N.Y.)

Soccer: Morgan Andrews, Milford (N.H.)

Softball: Geri Ann Glasco, Oconee County (Watkinsville, Ga.)

Track & Field: Shelbi Vaughan, Legacy (Mansfield, Texas)

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The United States U18 and U17 national teams will scrimmage Brazil on Thursday, and they continued to do some fine-tuning during their training camp on Wednesday at the ESPNHS Girls Showcase in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Click here to see a photo gallery of Wednesday's action, featuring Diamond DeShields, Breanna Stewart and more.

Click here to watch the scrimmages, which will air on ESPN3 Thursday at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Gatorade POYGatorade, Susan GoldmanBreanna Stewart accepts the Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year trophy from WNBA MVP Tamika Catchings.

An outstanding year ventured into off-the-charts territory Thursday when Breanna Stewart of Ciero-North Syracuse (Cicero, N.Y.) was named the Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year.

Stewart, a 6-foot-4 forward who has signed with Connecticut, was surprised by WNBA MVP Tamika Catchings in the school library.

"Let's just say I was not expecting that," Stewart said after accepting the trophy from Catchings. "Oh my gosh, I saw my parents come in the door with Tamika and I thought I was in trouble or something. I was not ready for that to happen."

Already this year, Stewart was named the USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year after leading the U19 national team to a gold medal at the 2011 FIBA World Championships last summer, the most outstanding player at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Chandler, Ariz., after leading Cicero-North Syracuse to the semifinals, the Morgan Wooten Player of the Year and the Naismith Award winner.

Next up for Stewart, who already led Cicero-North Syracuse to a section title, is a state semifinal game on Friday against Ossining (N.Y.) Stewart will also play in the 2012 McDonald's All-American Game on March 28 at the United Center in Chicago.
The push for girls' basketball state titles hasn't even begun yet, but on Wednesday six high school stars won a national award, of sorts.

USA Basketball announced that the USA Women's U19 World Championship Team was the 2011 USA Basketball Team of the Year.

Junior Diamond DeShields of Norcross (Ga.) and seniors Jordan Adams of Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), Alexis Jones of MacArthur (Irving, Texas), Breanna Stewart of Cicero-North Syracuse (Cicero, N.Y.), Imani Stafford of Windward (Los Angeles, Calif.) and
Morgan Tuck of Bolingbrook (Ill.) were on the team that was decided as part of the ESPNHS Girls Showcase at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Stewart, the No. 1 player in the 2012 class according to HoopGurlz, was selected to the All-FIBA U19 World Championship Team after the U.S. captured gold in the July 21-31 tournament in Puerto Montt, Chile.

"We had players that had competed in the 2009 U16 and 2010 U17 championships together, and then players that had played together on the U18 team last year, so it was a mixture," Stewart said of the team's composition. "We also had players that were going to be seniors in high school, like me, alongside players that were going to be college freshmen and even sophomores. We put those differences aside, and we were all able to play well together."