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AuburnJournal.com Athlete of the Year Poll - Girls

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First place 367 votes (37%) Jordan Burke Placer sr. She capped a stellar four-year career with a trip to state in track, finishing 18th in the 3200 meters. The Nevada-bound runner also went to state in cross country, placing eighth. Second place 271 votes (31%) Kasey Riecks Placer sr. The UC Davis-bound forward averaged 14.3 points and 5.7 rebounds and 3 steals a game, leading the Lady Hillmen to the Pioneer Valley League basketball title. Third place 198 votes (22 %) Emilie Johnson Del Oro sr. The crafty point guard was the Sierra Foothill League’s basketball MVP, averaging 18.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 3.2 steals per game. She’ll play at UC Santa Barbara next year. Fourth place 50 votes (6%) Kelley Shepard Bear River sr. Headed to Sacramento State as a hitter, Shepard’s arm helped Bear River to its second straight section title. She was 27-3 as a pitcher with a 0.618 ERA. She also batted .416.