High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Savannah Witt

Montana Girls Soccer POY: Savannah Witt

February, 9, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed this past fall's Gatorade State Girls Soccer 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 21 fellow Gatorade State Fall Girls Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Savannah Witt

THE BASICS

School: Billings West (Billings, Mont.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Midfielder/forward
Height: 5-foot-5

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Witt scored 12 goals and passed for seven assists this past season, leading the Bears (4-4-5) to the Class AA sectional tournament. The 2011 Class AA Eastern Division Player of the Year, she is a two-time Great Falls Tribune Super-State Team selection and a three-time Class AA First Team Eastern Division honoree. Witt concluded her prep soccer career with 42 goals and 24 assists.

Academic excellence: Witt has maintained a 3.62 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: Named to the Billings Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership program as a junior, she has volunteered locally as a youth mentor at her church.

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Eye on POY: Montana girls soccer

February, 4, 2012
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The fall soccer season may have concluded, but the search for Gatorade State Girls Soccer Players of the Year 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.

Savannah Witt
Senior midfielder/forward, Billings West (Billings)

2011 Team record: 4-4-5 (Class AA)
2011 Team standing: Lost first round of Class AA sectional tournament

2011 Goals: 12
2011 Assists: 7
2011 Points per game: 1.58
Career goals: 42
Career assists: 24

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: University of Montana

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Scored the Bears’ lone goal in a 2-1 loss to Skyview (Billings, Mont.) in a pre-qualifying game for the state tournament. Billings West's leading scorer in the postseason in both 2009 and 2010, years that ended in state titles. Ranked fifth in state history for goals and tied for fourth in state history for assists. 2011 Class AA Eastern Division Player of the Year. Two-time Super-State Team selection as named by the Great Falls Tribune. Three-time Class AA First Team Eastern Division selection.

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