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Rail City duo receives high accolades
by Aaron Retherford
May 21, 2012 | 1369 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune file photos - Reed senior Sierra Hooft (above) and Spanish Springs senior Morgan Prince (below) were both named NIAA Top Ten Student-Athletes of the Year.
Tribune file photos - Reed senior Sierra Hooft (above) and Spanish Springs senior Morgan Prince (below) were both named NIAA Top Ten Student-Athletes of the Year.
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Two local student-athletes were honored as two of the most all-around athletes Monday night.

Spanish Springs senior Morgan Prince and Reed senior Sierra Hooft were selected as NIAA - Farmers Insurance - Lifetouch Photography Top 10 Student-Athletes of the Year.

The Peppermill hosted the Northern Nevada banquet Monday night.

“It should be a really fun night. I’ll have my family and coaches there to be there for me. It should be fun,” Prince said before the banquet.

Prince played volleyball this year for the Cougars and has a 4.42 weighted grade-point average. With her father passing away in February, it cut down on her free time to participate in other school activities as she had to help drive her younger siblings places. But she was at many of her younger sister Myrissa’s softball and basketball games.

She was thrilled to find out she was selected.

“It’s a huge honor because there are a lot of applicants. It’s a big pool, so it’s an honor to be chosen out of everyone in the North,” Prince said.

Hooft agreed about how much of an honor it was to be selected.

“I think it’s really cool to be chosen as one of the top ten,” Hooft said. “It is an honor, especially since Reed chose me and then the whole thing, too. It’s bigger than I expected.”

Hooft has a 5.05 weighted GPA and is second in her class. Along with participating in varsity volleyball, basketball and track and field this year, Hooft is also an officer for the Honor Society and was part of other clubs like the Academic Olympics.

She was one of the favorite players of her coaches.

“She’s a great kid. I’ve enjoyed coaching her the past four years,” Reed girls basketball coach Sara Schopper said. “This year, she stepped up and was our little secret weapon. She’s a leader on and off the court. Academically, she’s very smart and very athletic. Being a three-sport athlete is very rare these days. She’s definitely one who excelled in all three sports.”

The Top Ten Student-Athletes of the Year award is given to student-athletes who exemplify total school and community involvement.

The 10 Northern Nevada honorees are: Jace Billingsley, Lowry; Julia Dufurrena, Lowry; Steven Elicegui, Wooster; Humberto Guzman-Martinez III, Hug; Sierra Hooft, Reed; Nicholas Maestretti, Douglas; Elizabeth Matley, Carson; Morgan Prince, Spanish Springs; Marcus Tippens, Pershing County; Alyssa Williams, Damonte Ranch.
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