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THE WINNER: Kurt Steidl
School: Ridgefield (Conn.)
Position: Shooting guard
Weight: 185 pounds
Athletic achievement: He averaged 24.9 points, 9.5 rebounds, four assists, and four steals while shooting 82 percent from the free throw line this past season, leading the Tigers (18-6) to the Class LL quarterfinals. A 2013 Connecticut High School Coaches Association All-Star selection, Steidl scored 31 points and pulled down 16 rebounds in a 63-57 win over New Britain (Conn.) in the second round of the state tournament.
Academic excellence: Steidl has maintained a 3.68 GPA.
Exemplary character: A devoted parishioner in his church community, he has volunteered locally assisting the elderly and on behalf of the Boys and Girls Club of Ridgefield.
“Kurt Steidl was absolutely one of the best kids we faced this year,” said Tom Hunt, head coach at Woodland Regional (Beacon Falls, Conn.). “He averaged a double-double per game while playing in a very tough conference. Every time I saw him, he was terrific.”
THE FUTURE: Steidl has signed with Vermont.