High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Century

North Dakota Boys Track AOY: Drew Wiseman

June, 21, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2012 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 50 fellow Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athletes of the Year winners, click here.


THE WINNER: Drew Wiseman

THE BASICS

School: Century (Bismarck, N.D.)
Grade: Junior
Event(s): Sprints/hurdles
Height: 6-foot-2

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Wiseman won individual state titles in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.76 seconds, the 400-meter dash in 48.82, the 300-meter hurdles in 37.06 this spring, leading the Patriots to a second-place finish as a team at the Class A state meet. He also anchored the 4x400-meter relay quartet to a state title. A two-time First Team All-State honoree, his winning 300 hurdles time at the state meet ranked as the nation’s No. 14 clocking among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of his selection.

Academic excellence: Wiseman has maintained a 4.0 GPA and ranks first in his graduating class of 375 students.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of the Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America, Inc. and as a youth track and field coach.

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Idaho Volleyball POY: Jenna Ellis

December, 14, 2011
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in this winner based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For her 49 fellow Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Jenna Ellis

THE BASICS

School: Century (Pocatello, Idaho)
Grade: Senior
Position: Outside hitter
Height: 5-foot-8

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Ellis led the Diamondbacks to a 36-4 record and a second consecutive Class 4A state championship this past season. Also the Player of the Year as named by the Idaho State Journal, she amassed 454 kills, 439 digs, 65 service aces and 18 blocks while recording a .408 hitting percentage and .546 kill percentage. The two-time Class 4A Player of the Year, Ellis totaled 19 kills, 19 digs, six service aces and three blocks in a 3-1 Class 4A state title clincher against Skyview (Nampa, Idaho). She led the Intermountain Volleyball Association to a gold medal at the 2009 USA Volleyball High Performance Girls’ International Youth Championships.

Academic excellence: Ellis has maintained a 4.00 weighted GPA in the classroom and serves on her school’s student council.

Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society and Century’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter, Ellis has also donated her time locally as a youth volleyball instructor.

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Eye on POY: Idaho volleyball

December, 8, 2011
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The window on the Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year race is closing, and time is running out for student-athletes to state their POY case. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Jenna Ellis
Senior outside hitter, Century (Pocatello, Idaho)

2011 Team record: 36-4 (Class 4A)
2011 Team standing: Class 4A state champions

2011 Kills: 454
2011 Digs: 439
2011 Aces: 65
2011 Blocks: 18

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: University of Idaho

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Totaled 19 kills, 19 digs, six service aces and three blocks in a 3-1 Class 4A state title victory against Skyview (Nampa, Idaho). Recorded a .408 hitting percentage and .546 kill percentage. Averaged 4.7 kills and 4.6 digs per set. 2011 Player of the Year as named by the Idaho State Journal. 2011 Class 4A First Team All-Tournament selection. 2010 and 2011 Class 4A Player of the Year. 2010 Class 4A state champion. 2009 USA Volleyball High Performance Girls’ International Youth Championships gold medalist.

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