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THE WINNER: Ty Storey
School: Charleston (Ark.)
Weight: 215 pounds
Athletic achievement: He has led the Tigers to a 13-0 record and a berth in the Class 3A state semifinals against Earle (Ark.), scheduled for Dec. 6. Storey passed for 3,537 yards and 42 touchdowns through 13 games, completing 230 of 342 passes. A MaxPreps Sophomore All-American, Storey was an All-State selection and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette co-Sophomore Player of the Year.
Academic excellence: Storey has maintained a 3.71 GPA.
Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church youth group and the Fellowship of Christian athletes, he has volunteered locally as an assistant in a first grade class.
“Storey is a true pocket passer with exceptional size, and one of the best arms in high school football,” said Michael Banning, head coach at Clarksville (Ark.). “His ability to read defenses and put the ball where it’s supposed to be is second to none. He’s just a really, really good football player, with great knowledge of the game.”
THE FUTURE: Storey will be a senior next fall.