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THE WINNER: Adam Klie
School: Service (Anchorage, Alaska)
Weight: 187 pounds
Athletic achievement: Hehas led the Cougars to a 27-2 record and a berth in the Class 4A state quarterfinals against crosstown rival Dimond, scheduled for Thursday. Klie is averaging 19.2 points, 10.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.9 steals per game entering the state playoffs. A First Team All-State selection, he was named to the All-State Tournament Team each of the last two seasons.
Academic excellence: Klie has maintained a 4.22 GPA.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered as an elementary school teacher’s aide and as a math and physics tutor in his school.
“He’s very skilled and unselfish,” said Ryan Engebretsen, head coach at Wasilla (Alaska). “He’s explosive offensively, but he’s willing to sacrifice his stats and do the nitty gritty stuff that his team needs.”
THE FUTURE: Klie remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.