High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: T.F. Riggs

South Dakota Boys Hoop POY: Zach Hanson

March, 22, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Boys 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 his 50 fellow Gatorade State Boys Basketball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Zach Hanson

THE BASICS

School: T.F. Riggs (Pierre, S.D.)
Grade: Junior
Position: Forward
Height: 6-foot-9

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Hanson led the Governors to an 18-8 record and third place in the Class AA state tournament this past season. He averaged 17.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. A Second Team All-State selection as a sophomore, Hanson has twice been named First Team All-Conference.

Academic excellence: Hanson has maintained a 3.19 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of a youth mentoring program.

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The window on the Gatorade State Boys 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.

Zach Hanson
Senior Forward, T.F. Riggs High (Pierre, SD)

2011-12 Team record: 16-7
2011-12 Team standing: Plays Huron in state quarterfinals, 3/15

2011-12 Points per game: 18.0
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 8.0
2011-12 Assists per game: 1.1
2011-12 Blocks per game: 1.9

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: HS Junior

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Second Team All-State in 2011; Two-time All-Conference.

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Eye on POY: South Dakota Girls Cross Country

January, 6, 2012
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The cross country season may have concluded, but the search for Gatorade State Girls Cross Country Runners 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. These state meet winners made a case in their respective classifications, but did they do enough on and off the course this past season to capture the prestigious statewide honor?

Alex Hess
Senior, Roosevelt (Sioux Falls, SD)

2011 Team postseason standing: 12th (Class AA)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): First—14:19.5

2011 Foot Locker regional (Place—time): 101st—19:40

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional
(Place—time): 59th—19:31

Kelsey Barrett
Senior, Britton-Hecla (Britton, SD)

2011 Team postseason standing: DNQ (Class A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): First—14:49.45

Rachel Propst
Freshman, T.F. Riggs (Pierre, SD)

2011 Team postseason standing: Fourth (Class AA)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 12th—15:08.40

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 37th—19:16.2

Winning the state meet isn't a prerequisite for Gatorade State Cross Country Runner of the Year, so here are some more of many other harriers whose performances this past season vaulted them into the conversation during this 2011 campaign.


Emily Person: Freshman, Stevens (Rapid City, SD)
Savannah Childers: SO, Spearfish (SD)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Runner of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com or Twitter @ESPNHS_Awards.

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