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2017-18 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 2017-18 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
Samson Evans, Prairie Ridge

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
Mica Allison, St. Thomas More

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Katelynne Hart, Glenbard West

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Danny Kilrea, Lyons

GIRLS BASKETBALL
Brea Beal, Rock Island

BOYS BASKETBALL
EJ Liddell, Belleville West

GIRLS SOCCER
Hailey Rydberg, St. Charles North

BOYS SOCCER
Tommy Welch, Naperville North

BASEBALL
Matt McCormick, St. Laurence

SOFTBALL
Bailey Dowling, St. Joseph-Ogden

GIRLS TRACK & FIELD
Katelynne Hart, Glenbard West

BOYS TRACK & FIELD
Marcellus Moore, Plainfield North