Colin Sahlman of Newbury Park High Named the 2022 Gatorade Male High School Athlete of the Year
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Colin Sahlman of Newbury Park High Named the 2022 Gatorade Male High School Athlete of the Year

The Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year awards were held on Tuesday, July 19th in Los Angeles, Kiki Rice was named the 2022 Gatorade Female High School Athlete of the Year and Colin Sahlman was named the 2022 Gatorade Male High School Athlete of the Year. Sahlman is the first-ever boys cross country athlete to win the award and Rice is further solidifying her multi-sport dominance, having won both the Gatorade Washington D.C. Girls Soccer and Basketball Player of the Year award twice in her high school career.

The winners were announced at Gatorade’s first in-person awards show since 2019. 


2021-22 GATORADE HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS

Colin Sahlman: California’s returning Gatorade Boys Cross Country Player of the Year, Sahlman of Newbury Park High School (Newbury Park, Calif.) raced to the individual national title at the Garmin RunningLane Cross Country Championships this past season with a time of 14:03.3, the fastest 5K time in US prep history, while also leading the Panthers to a national championship as a team. Below are additional facts about Sahlman:

  • Won the Division I state championship in 14:26.5, helping Newbury Park capture first place as a team
  • Broke the tape at the Clovis Invitational, the Marmonte League finals and the Southern Section Championships
  • Volunteers locally feeding the homeless on behalf of St. Patrick's Episcopal Church, and has donated his time as a coach for the Camarillo Cosmos Youth Track Program and as a counselor at the Mile High Running Camp in Big Bear
  • Maintained a 3.47 GPA in the classroom
  • Signed a National Letter of Intent to run on scholarship at Northern Arizona University this fall

Kiki Rice: Washington D.C.’s returning Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year, Rice of Sidwell Friends School led the Quakers to a 28-0 record and the DCSAA Tournament title this past season, earning her squad the nation's No. 1 national ranking by MaxPreps. Rice averaged 15.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.6 steals per game and also lifted Sidwell Friends to the ISL Division AA tournament championship. Below are additional facts about Rice:

  • Won a gold medal with the 2021 USA Basketball U18 Junior National 3x3 Team at the World Cup in Hungary
  • Won a gold medal with the U16 National Team at the 2019 FIBA Americas Championships in Chile
  • McDonald’s All-American Game selection and won the 2022 Naismith Award
  • In addition to girls basketball, also a two-time Gatorade Washington D.C. Girls Soccer Player of the Year (2018-19 & 2020-21)
  • Volunteers locally with So Others Might Eat, as a mentor to younger Sidwell Friends students and has donated her time as a veteran leader in the Sidwell Friends Athletic Leadership Academy
  • Maintained a B-plus average in the classroom
  • Signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at UCLA this fall

The exclusive ceremony was attended by sports influencers, professional athletes and former Gatorade Players of the Year, including:
  • Ashlyn Harris, NJ/NY Gotham FC, US Women’s National Team goalkeeper and 2003-04 Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Yea
  • Jaden Ivey, Detroit Pistons guard and fifth overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft
  • Haley Jones, Stanford Women’s Basketball point-forward, 2022 Pac-12 Player of the Year, and two-time Gatorade California Girls Basketball Player of the Year
  • Renee Montgomery, former WNBA player and 2005-06 Gatorade New Jersey Girls Basketball Player of the Year
  • JJ Watt, Arizona Cardinals defensive end, three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and 2017 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year

 

The 12 Gatorade National Players of the Year will walk alongside the biggest names in sport on the ESPY's Red Carpet on Wednesday, July 20th.

To learn more about the Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year awards and Gatorade Player of the Year program, visit playeroftheyear.gatorade.com 

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