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THE WINNER: Diani Akigbogun
School: Regis Jesuit (Aurora, Colo.)
Athletic achievement: Shehas led the Raiders to a 24-2 record entering the Class 5A semifinals, scheduled for March 14. Akigbogun averaged 14.2 points, 8.1 rebounds, two blocks and 1.6 assists per game through 26 games. The 2013 Continental League Player of the Year, she has recorded 13 double-doubles.
Academic excellence: Akigbogun has maintained a 3.79 GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of the Spanish National Honor Society, she has volunteered locally as an elementary school tutor and on behalf of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
“Diani Akigbogun can score, rebound, defend and she is just so active on the court,” said Tony Speights, head coach at Chaparral (Parker, Colo.). “She still has room to grow and she will be even better next year.”
THE FUTURE: Akigbogun will be a senior year next year.