Chiney Ogwumike is Gatorade’s high school player of the year

No surprise, but many congratulations to Ogwumike, who will join sister Nnemkadi at Stanford next year.

Here’s the official press release:

Chiney Ogwumike of Cy-Fair High School in Houston, Texas is the 2009-10 Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year. The Gatorade Player of the Year program is celebrating its 25th year in recognizing elite high school athletes throughout the nation.

Chiney was surprised with the news during an assembly by her sister Nneka Ogwumike, who earned Gatorade National Girls Basketball POY honors herself in 2007-08, and currently plays for the Stanford women’s basketball team. Nneka and the team surprised Chiney live via Skype, as the team is traveling for the NCAA tournament (pictures of Nneka surprising Chiney with the award are attached).

Since the Gatorade Player of the Year program began 25 years ago, no siblings have ever won national honors. Chiney joins her sister Nneka, as the only sibling duo to ever win the national title in the history of the program for any sport.

In celebration of the larger 25th anniversary of the program, Gatorade will host 10 polls online that will allow consumers to decide who is the greatest all-time Gatorade Player of the Year in boys football, girls volleyball, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls basketball, boys baseball, girls softball, and boys and girls track & field.

You can cast your vote for your favorite athlete of all-time once per sport, per day at http://playeroftheyear.gatorade.com.

Former notable Gatorade Players of the Year include:

• Peyton Manning, Super Bowl Most Valuable Player

• Lisa Leslie, WNBA all-time leading scorer and rebounder

• Alan Webb, Reigning American record-holder in the mile

• Emmitt Smith, NFL all-time leading rusher

• Cat Osterman, Softball Olympic gold medalist

In addition, make sure to enter the Gatorade Player of the Year sweepstakes where you could win a trip to the 2010 Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year Awards ceremony and the ESPY Awards.

For more information about The Gatorade Player of the Year program and its 25th anniversary celebration, please visit http://playeroftheyear.gatorade.com.

Other winners:

Name State High School Position

Keiahnna Engel AK Dimond HS G
Kaneisha Horn AL Ramsay HS F
Morgan Hook AR Rogers HS PG
Rebecca Woodberry AZ Tolleson HS F
Chelsea Gray CA St. Mary’s HS G
Quincey Noonan CO Legacy HS G
Kastine Evans CT Norwich Free Academy G
Nicola Zimmer DC St. John’s College HS PG
Betnijah Laney DE Smyrna HS F
Dawnn Maye FL Dillard HS PG
Kayla Lewis GA Southwest DeKalb HS G/F
Maiki Viela HI Lahainaluna HS G
Kiah Stokes IA Linn-Mar HS C
Katelyn Loper ID Post Falls HS G
Tricia Liston IL Fenwick HS G/F
Courtney Moses IN Oak Hill HS G
Tiffany Bias KS Andover Central HS PG
Sarah Beth Barnette KY Lexington Christian Academy F
Theresa Plaisance LA Vandebilt Catholic HS C
Lauren Battista MA Oliver Ames HS G/F
Kelsey Wolfe MD Seneca Valley HS G
Nicole Taylor ME York HS C
Madison Williams MI Detroit Country Day School C
Sari Noga MN Parkers Prairie HS G
Jazmin Hitchens MO Incarnate Word Academy F
Valencia McFarland MS Raymond HS PG
Lexie Nelson MT Butte HS G
Cierra Burdick NC Butler HS G/F
Meghan Roehrich ND Fargo South HS G
Jordan Hooper NE Alliance HS F
Tiffany Ruffin NH Winnacunnet HS PG
Haley Peters NJ Peddie School F
Kya DeGarmo NM Eldorado HS PG
Alexis Byrd NV Centennial HS G
Bria Hartley NY North Babylon HS PG
Amy Scullion OH Salem HS G/F
Richa Jackson OK Midwest City HS G/F
Jen Reese OR Clackamas HS F
Kayla McBride PA Villa Maria Academy G
Allie Jones RI South Kingstown HS C
Kayla Jenerette SC Travelers Rest HS G
Shaunteva Ashley SD Roosevelt HS G
Taylor Hall TN Morristown-Hamblen High School West F
Chiney Ogwumike TX Cy-Fair HS F
Lexi Eaton UT Springville HS G
Elizabeth Williams VA Princess Anne HS C
Allison Gannon VT Champlain Valley Union HS F
Mercedes Wetmore WA Auburn Riverside HS PG
Nicole Griffin WI Milwaukee Vincent HS C
Mariah Byard WV North Marion HS G
Jordan Kelley WY Campbell County HS PG

(Yet another list that doesn’t name Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis or Shoni Schimmel)

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