A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.
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THE WINNER: Rebekah Dahlman
School: Braham Area (Braham, Minn.)
Athletic achievement: Dahlman led the Bombers to a 28-1 record and a berth in the Class AA sectional finals against Esko (Minn.), scheduled for March 8. She averaged 35.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 6.2 steals and 5.4 assists through 29 games. A two-time returning First Team All-State selection as named by the Associated Press, Dahlman was a Nike Nationals Second Team All-Tournament selection as named by ESPNHS this past summer, and she captured the Class AA state title as a sophomore.
Academic excellence: Also a volleyball and track standout, Dahlman has maintained a 3.90 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: She has donated her time locally as a youth basketball instructor and as a caregiver to a senior citizen in need.
“Rebekah is an excellent athlete,” said Mike Norton, head coach at Ogilvie (Minn.). “She is far and away the most gifted basketball player I have seen for a long time. She plays with an intensity that does not allow her or her teammates to fail. She is a winner and makes the rest of the team around her better.”
THE FUTURE: Dahlman will begin her senior year of high school this fall.