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2016-17 Illinois Gatorade Players of the Year

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As an official partner of the Illinois High School Association, Gatorade is in the IHSA and in high school student-athletes competing at IHSA state finals.

Gatorade annually recognize some of the best and brightest in Illinois by naming Gatorade Players of the Year in 12 sports, including Football, Girls Volleyball, Boys & Girls Cross Country, Boys & Girls Basketball, Boys & Girls Soccer, Baseball, Softball and Boys & Girls Track & Field.


The 2016-17 Gatorade Illinois Players of the Year are listed below by sport, while you can click here for past winners, as well as more on this year’s honorees from Gatorade:

FOOTBALL
Jake Marwede, Loyola Academy

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
Charley Niego, Mother McAuley

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Anna Sophia Keller, St. Anthony

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Dylan Jacobs, Sandburg

GIRLS BASKETBALL
Brea Beal, Rock Island

BOYS BASKETBALL
Mark Smith, Edwardsville

GIRLS SOCCER
Emma Thomson, Maine South

BOYS SOCCER
Chris Sullivan, Naperville North

BASEBALL
Alek Thomas, Mt. Carmel

SOFTBALL
Chardonnay Harris, Oak Park-River Forest

GIRLS TRACK & FIELD
Kathleen Young, Warrensburg-Latham

BOYS TRACK & FIELD
Cameron Ruiz, Lakes