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THE WINNER: Rachel Koehler
School: Billings Senior (Billings, Mont.)
Athletic achievement: She scored two goals, passed for two assists and anchored a defense that allowed just 10 goals this past season, leading the Lady Broncs (13-3) to the Class AA state championship game. A three-time Great Falls Tribune Super-State All-Star and a three-time First Team All-State selection, Koehler is a four-year starter. Also an All-State basketball player, Koehler tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee in December.
Academic excellence: Koehler has maintained a B average.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally as a youth mentor and coach and as part of multiple community service initiatives in association with her church youth group.
“Rachel Koehler has made a huge impact on her team as well as the state for the past two seasons,” said Crystal McCamis, head coach of Billings West (Billings, Mont.). “She is a very strong player who wins and distributes the ball extremely well out of the back. She is extremely dominant and continually shuts down the best offensive players in the state.”
THE FUTURE: Koehler will attend Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo