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Athletes of the Year Greater Philly

5/13/2009

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.