High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Minot

North Dakota Girls Track AOY: Morgan Milbrath

June, 20, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Girls 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 her 50 fellow Gatorade State Girls Track & Field Athletes of the Year winners, click here.


THE WINNER: Morgan Milbrath

THE BASICS

School: Minot (N.D.)
Grade: Junior
Event(s): Sprints/hurdles
Height: 5-foot-10

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Milbrath won four individual state championships this spring and led the Majettes to a third-place finish as a team at the Class A state meet. She won the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.10 seconds, the 200-meter dash in 24.33, the 400-meter dash in 56.02 and the 300-meter hurdles in 44.19. The 2010-11 Gatorade North Dakota Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year, Milbrath also set meet records in the 100 (11.98) and the 200 (24.35) at the Class A West Regional meet. Her 400 clocking at the state meet ranked as the nation’s No. 24 time by a prep competitor at the time of her selection.

Academic excellence: Milbrath has maintained a 3.97 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society and the Future Farmers of America, she has volunteered locally on behalf of Dream Catchers USA, a non-profit organization that provides outdoor activities for the physically challenged, and as a youth basketball and volleyball coach.

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North Dakota Girls Hoop POY: Holly Johnson

March, 8, 2012
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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.

For her 50 fellow Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Holly Johnson

THE BASICS

School: Minot (N.D.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Wing
Height: 5-foot-10

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Johnson led the Majettes to a 17-6 record and a berth in the Class A state tournament, scheduled to begin Thursday. She averaged 17.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.9 steals through 23 games. A 2011 First Team All-State selection, Johnson was also named the 2011 Minot Daily News Player of the Year as a junior.

Academic excellence: Johnson has maintained a 3.23 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A devoted member of her church community, she has served on the student council and has volunteered locally on behalf of an area homeless shelter and a clothing drive for needy children.

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Eye on POY: North Dakota Girls Basketball

March, 5, 2012
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The window on the Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes is in full swing. 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.

Alexis Jacobs
Senior forward, Century (Bismarck, ND)

2011-12 Team record: 19-3
2011-12 Team standing: Will begin Class A state tournament on March 8

2011-12 Points per game: 13.6
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 7.3
2011-12 Assists per game: 0.7
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.6
2011-12 Steals per game: 1.9

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Led Century to Western Dakota Association championship; 2011 First Team All-State

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