Photo: 2021 Mia Hughes – Montana State Signee

Posted On: 01/29/21 2:07 PM

It is well documented that the high school season has been postponed and shortened if all goes well, but the talks of "who would have won" certain awards or honors have been rumbling around the state. The most prestigious individual award is Gatorade State Player of the Year. This award is given to selected "student-athletes for their athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character." One female basketball player gets the award each year. The most recent winners are Hailey Van Lith Hailey Van Lith 5'7" | PG Cashmere | 2020 State WA (2x) and Lexie Hull (2x). These two athletes currently start for Louisville and Stanford respectively. Who would have been honored for the 2020-2021 season is the big question?

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2021 5’11 SG Talia von Oelhoffen Talia von Oelhoffen 5'11" | SG Chiawana | 2021 State #22 Nation WA (Chiawana HS)

Times are certainly unique as the clear front runner for Gatorade Player of the Year is currently suited up and playing for the Oregon State Beavers in the Pac-12. A 4.0 student each year of her high school career. von Oelhoffen graduated early to join the Beavers. The statistics have always been there as she can be counted on for 25+ points to go along with 5+ rebounds and 5+ assists.

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