Athletes of the Year Greater Philly

Updated: May 13, 2009, 12:55 PM ET
ESPN RISE Magazine

BOYS' ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

BRIAN FORGUE Downingtown West / Soccer The senior Penn State recruit led Downingtown West to a state championship in November with a 2-1 win over Peters Township, and the team finished fifth in the ESPN RISE FAB 50 rankings with a 26-1 overall record. Forgue's stifling defense helped the Whippets post two shutouts in the Class AAA tournament and 19 over the course of the season. Forgue piled up accolades in 2008 as well, making his second NSCAA/adidas All-America team and earning a spot on The Philadelphia Inquirer All-Southeastern Pennsylvania team.

OTHER FINALISTS

ZACH BARKET Schuylkill Haven / Football Barket rushed for 4,165 yards and 65 touchdowns this season. The senior reached the end zone five or more times on eight different occasions. Barket was the Gatorade State Player of the Year.

DAVID DENLINGER Lancaster Mennonite / Golf Denlinger staved off a host of competitors to claim PIAA Class AAA individual state champion honors. His first-round score of 70 was one of only two rounds under par in the tournament.

MAALIK WAYNS Roman Catholic / Basketball Wayns is rated the nation's No. 22 recruit in the ESPNU 100. The Villanova recruit earned McDonald's All-American honors and the Gatorade State Player of the Year award despite missing eight games with a torn meniscus.

GIRLS' ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

DANIELLE CARROZZA Merion Mercy / Volleyball Carrozza was nominated by PrepVolleyball.com for the Schelde Player of the Year award, one of the few awards the 5-foot-9 junior outside hitter did not win. Carrozza earned Gatorade State Player of the Year honors after leading Merion Mercy to the Class AA state championship. Carrozza was also named the MVP of the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association All-Tournament Team as well as the Class AA Player of the Year. She helped the Golden Bears to a No. 21 national ranking by PrepVolleyball.com.

OTHER FINALISTS

EMILY COTA Upper Perkiomen / Soccer Cota was one of nine goalkeepers in the nation to earn NSCAA/adidas All- American honors for the fall season. The senior Massachusetts recruit helped Upper Perkiomen win the Pioneer Athletic Conference title.

STEPHANIE HOLZER Cardinal O'Hara / Basketball Named The Philadelphia Inquirer Southeastern Pennsylvania Player of the Year, Holzer helped lead Cardinal O'Hara to the Class AAAA state title game. The senior Vanderbilt recruit averaged 17.9 points and 11.5 rebounds per game.

CHRISTINE SHIMEL Kennett / Golf In less-than-ideal conditions, Shimel held onto a solid first-round lead to claim the PIAA individual title. The senior Maryland recruit recorded one of only two under-par rounds with her first-round 3-under-par 69.