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THE WINNER: Rebekah Dahlman
School: Braham Area (Braham, Minn.)
Athletic achievement: The state’s returning Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year led the Bombers to a 30-0 record and a berth in the Class AA sectional state tournament, scheduled to begin March 13. She averaged 35.6 points, 10.1 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 6.1 steals through 30 games. The state’s career scoring leader, Dahlman had recorded 4,963 career points entering the state tournament. A McDonald’s High School All-American Game selection, she averaged 35.3 points, 11.6 rebounds, 6.0 steals and 5.1 assists per game as a junior and led Braham Area to the 2011 Class AA state title as a sophomore.
Academic excellence: Dahlman has maintained a 3.92 GPA.
Exemplary character: She has donated her time locally as a peer tutor, youth basketball instructor and caregiver to senior citizens in need.
“She is able to make those around her better,” said Mike Norton, head coach of rival Ogilvie (Minn.). “She is a great player who plays at the highest level at all times. She sees the floor very well. Her defense has always been a huge part of her game, as it does set the tone for her offensive game. Her ability to see what is going on and make the right pass or play at the right time sets her apart from other girls.”
THE FUTURE: Dahlman will attend Vanderbilt.