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THE WINNER: Danni Williams
School: Clovis (N.M.)
Athletic achievement: She has led the Wildcats to a 28-2 record and a berth in the Class 5A state semifinals, scheduled for March 14. A returning First Team All-District selection, Williams averaged 20.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.9 steals and 3.0 assists through 30 games. She shot 45 percent from the field, 36 percent from 3-point range and 75 percent from the free throw line entering the state quarterfinals.
Academic excellence: Also a volleyball standout, Williams has maintained a 4.22 weighted GPA and ranks No. 1 in her graduating class. A member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Junior Honor Society and her school’s Spanish Club, she has volunteered locally on behalf of her church’s youth group.
“Danni is a terrific guard,” said Rich Harbin, head coach of Valley (Albuquerque, N.M.). “She has great shooting range and can also go to the basket very well. Typically, Danni does a great job taking care of the ball and distributing it to her teammates.”
THE FUTURE: Williams will be a junior next year.