BOYS' ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
St. Patrick / Basketball
Gilchrist may be just a sophomore, but he played beyond his years this season.
The 6-foot-7 forward was the top player for St. Patrick, leading the
Celtics to the Tournament of Champions title and the No. 3 ranking in the
ESPN RISE FAB 50. Gilchrist averaged 14.8 points per game, and he was great
on the defensive end as well, grabbing 8.3 rebounds and blocking 3.0 shots
per game. He is the top player in the Class of 2011, rated No. 1 in the ESPNU
Terrific 25, and he was selected as the Gatorade State Player of the Year.
Bound Brook / Wrestling
Campolattano went undefeated this year and won the state title at 189 pounds,
and the sophomore has yet to lose in his high school career. He went 46-0 this
season, making him 89-0 with two state championships in his two years.
Morris Hills / Soccer
Diaz was the top goalkeeper in the state this season. The senior allowed just
seven goals and posted 15 shutouts while leading Morris Hills to a 17-2
record, earning Gatorade State Player of the Year honors.
Morristown / Track
It seems like Vena breaks another record every time he throws. Just a
sophomore, the 6-foot-4 shot put specialist is one of the country's brightest
GIRLS' ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
University / Basketball
Mincy can do it all on the court, and the junior guard proved it again this
season by averaging an astonishing 18.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.0 blocks
and 2.1 steals per game. Her all-around assault overwhelmed opponents
and powered University to a 20-5 record. Mincy was the Newark Star-
Ledger Player of the Year as a freshman and sophomore, and she added the
Gatorade State Player of the Year award this season. She's been a first team
All-State selection in each of her three years.
Morristown-Beard / Ice Hockey
Bayersdorfer was the most dangerous offensive player in New Jersey this season,
as the sophomore forward led the state with 37 goals and 49 points. She
has scored 61 goals in her high school career.
Immaculate Heart / Volleyball
The junior middle blocker led the Eagles to a 28-1 record and victory at the
Tournament of Champions. Scott had a .475 hitting percentage and 366 total
kills (6.1 per game), earning Gatorade State Player of the Year honors.
Voorhees / Track & Cross Country
Thompson finished first at the cross country Meet of Champions in the fall
and helped Voorhees win the team title. The Oregon signee also won the
3,200 indoor title this winter, and she's the defending outdoor 3,200 champ.