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: Heidi Hoff
School: Brandon Valley (Brandon, S.D.)
Athletic achievement: Hoff led the Lynx a 16-7 record and a berth in the Class AA quarterfinals, scheduled for Thursday. She averaged 21.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.1 steals through 23 games. A 2011 First Team All-State selection, Hoff scored a school single-game record 45 points in a win over Roosevelt (Sioux Falls, S.D.) on Jan. 10.
Academic excellence: Hoff has maintained a 3.57 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society and a devoted parishioner in her church community, she has served as Class President. Hoff has also volunteered locally on behalf of an area homeless shelter and recently completed a service-mission trip to Mexico.
“Heidi Hoff is the reason Brandon Valley has won as many games as they have with her in their program,” said Allen Steffen, head coach at Huron (S.D.). “She is a well-rounded basketball player with solid fundamentals and she runs the floor very well. I know we couldn’t stop her the last couple of years.”
THE FUTURE: Hoff has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on an athletic scholarship at the University of South Dakota this fall.