March 23, 2017

Coleman named Gatorade Virginia Player of the Year

21 March 2017, 06:45 | Joan Schultz

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 	Luke Frampton for Poca holds up three fingers after draining a three-pointer Saturday night in front of a sold-out crowd

Hollingsworth led Dunbar to its first state title a year ago and earned tournament MVP.

By winning the Gatorade Player of the Year award, Smith can choose a local or national youth sports organization to receive a $1,000 grant.

The Gatorade Company announced Jared Ridder of Kickapoo High School as its 2016-17 Gatorade Missouri Boys Basketball Player of the Year.

Hladky joins fellow Camel Kalina Smith, who was named Gatorade Wyoming Girls Basketball Player of the Year last week and was also Gatorade Wyoming Volleyball Player of the Year in the fall. The Gatorade award recognizes both athletic and academic achievement.

A 6-foot-4 guard with more than a dozen Division I scholarship offers from IL and other programs, Smith averaged 21.9 points, 8.2 rebounds, 8.4 assists and 2.1 steals.

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The 6-foot-6, 210-pound senior forward led the Bison to a 16-7 record and the semifinals of the Class AA state tourney this year. "But the thing I will say right out of the gate is he's a better person than he is a basketball player..."

Ridder is a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and has volunteered locally on behalf of an area homeless shelter and as a youth basketball coach.

He has a 3.59 GPA.

Oak Hill senior Matt Coleman was named Gatorade Virginia Boys Basketball Player of the Year. Hollingsworth scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the final and averaged 21.5 points per game throughout the tournament.

The Vermont victor for girls' basketball was Sadie Stetson of St. Johnsbury Academy. 12 spotlight grants - one for each sport - will be announced throughout the year.

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