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.
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THE WINNER: Hannah Mattson
School: West Valley (Fairbanks, Alaska)
Athletic achievement: Mattson has led the Wolfpack to a 23-3 record and a berth in the Class 4A state tournament against West Anchorage (Anchorage, Alaska), scheduled for March 15. Through 26 games, she is averaging 15.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 3.3 steals. A First Team All-State selection as a sophomore, Mattson earned Mid-Alaska Conference Player of the Year honors in 2012.
Academic excellence: Mattson has maintained a 4.03 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics, youth basketball programs and community-cleanup initiatives.
“Mattson is a tough kid who plays the point but who can play all five positions,” said Keenan Hollister, head coach at North Pole (Alaska). “She’s extremely important to her team. The ball is always in her hands and she makes them go.”
THE FUTURE: Mattson will begin her senior year of high school this fall.