Vote for the 2010-11 girl's athlete of the year

May 24, 2011 at 12:24 a.m.

We are opening up the voting for Girl's High School Athlete of the Year!

You can vote for one of the four nominees already present or nominate someone deserving of the honor. Those nominated before Saturday at midnight who meet the basic criteria will be added to the poll.

Here are the first four nominees:

Jessica Mickey, Victoria West: The senior participated in three sports, and was a key member on two teams. She ran track and field, but was central to the success of a Warriors team that made it to the regional finals in volleyball, and a 30-plus goal scorer for Victoria West in soccer, which finished second in District 59-4A and made it to the sectional round of the Class 4A playoffs.

For more about Jessica Mickey, click here.

Rilea Whitaker, Calhoun: The senior participated in five sports at Calhoun this year: volleyball, powerlifting, basketball, track and field and softball. Whitaker was a member of a powerlifting team that won a national meet in March, and was first team all-district in volleyball and softball.

For more about Rilea Whitaker, click here

Kelsey Washington, Cuero: The senior was a key member of the Lady Gobblers basketball and volleyball teams, pacing the volleyball team to a playoff run and as a dynamic scorer for the basketball team. She was the Advocate's all-area MVP in volleyball.

For more about Kelsey Washington, click here.

Caitlin Bruns, Yorktown: The senior participated in six sports and was also a cheerleader. She participated volleyball, basketball, powerlifting, tennis, track and field and softball during the year, and was also an honor student with a 98 percent grade-point average.

For more about Bruns, see Thursday's Victoria Advocate.

Emily Graff, Faith Academy: The school's valedictorian with a 99 percent grade point average, the senior participated in a basketball team that made several long runs into the TAPPS 1A/2A playoffs, including a trip to the state tournament this season. She was also the top finisher in her classification in the girl's 3,200-meter dash, and also ran the anchor leg of Faith Academy's 4 by 400 meter relay that won at state as well. Nominated by user "vic_coach".

For more on Emily Graff, click here.

Amber Ramirez, Shiner: From user "ShinerGuy": "Amber recently won Shiner's Outstanding Female Athlete Award for honors in volleyball, basketball, track, and softball. Amber placed in track events at the UIL Class 1A State Track Meet in 2010 and 2011 and is a member of the still-playing Lady Comanches Softball team competing this week in Leander."

Emily Wagner, Shiner St. Paul: Emily Wagner is a five sport athlete and a key contributor to five teams this year, four of which played in a state final at the TAPPS 1A/2A level. Three of those teams - cross country, softball and track and field - won a state title. Wagner is also the valedictorian of the class of 2011 at the school. Nominated by user "shiner_guy".

Paige Werner, Shiner St. Paul: Paige Werner competed in five sport athlete, helping two to long playoff runs and three others to state titles. She participated in track and field, cross country, softball, volleyball and basketball.

Commenters are also welcome to nominate a female athlete not present on this poll. Athletes must have been part of at least two sports during the recent high school season. Athletes who do not meet the basic criteria will not be added to the poll. To nominate someone, please leave a comment on this poll or email with your nomination.

What we need is a statement about which sports they participated in, and any honors they have received from the team, district or state.

Voting closes Monday at midnight.

Male athlete of the week voting begins next week.



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