Basketball: Douglas’ Hunter Myers named NIAA Top 10 student-athlete |

Basketball: Douglas’ Hunter Myers named NIAA Top 10 student-athlete

Staff and Wire Reports

Jim Grant

After a stellar four-year basketball career that culminated with Northern Division I Player of the Year honors from both the coaches and the media, Douglas senior Hunter Myers added another prestigious award last week.

Myers, also a first-team All-State honoree, was included on the list of the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association’s Top 10 Student Athletes.

He was a four-year varsity player for the Tiger basketball team, twice leading Douglas to a league title and twice leading the team into the regional finals.

As a senior, he averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds per game and is expected to graduate this May at the top of his 388-member class. He’ll play basketball for Harvard, a potential preseason Top 25 team, next year.

Other Northern Nevada honorees included Whittell’s Amanda Harris, Whittell’s Emily Harris, Damonte Ranch’s Tyler Meidell, Spanish Springs’ Lyndsey Anderson, Lowry’s Michael Billingsley, Whittell’s Anders Chaplin, Pershing County’s Sarita Jo Condie, Fallon’s Cady Cordes and Reed’s Spencer Empey.

The Top Ten Student-Athletes of the Year award is given to not just the top high school athletes in the Silver State but rather to those student-athletes who exemplify total school and community involvement. Special consideration in the selection process was afforded to student-athletes who participated in multiple sports, other school groups and/or student government activities, and community service projects while maintaining a high academic status within their school.

“This is an outstanding event which recognizes student-athletes who exemplify what high school activities and athletics are all about,” said Eddie Bonine, Executive Director of the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association. “While the requirements sound restrictive, we know these student-athletes exist as evident by the group of individuals we have with us. It is our goal through the Top Ten program to find and honor these superb individuals.”

Each school is requested to submit applications for male and female student-athletes. All candidates must be seniors. The general categories include scholastic achievement (class rank, grade point averages, number of semesters on the honor roll, number of honors/AP classes taken, and ACT and SAT scores), overall sports participation (number of varsity sports, number of varsity letters, and individual and team athletic achievements), other contributions (school and church activities, and community service accomplishments), an essay, and letters of recommendation. The Top Ten Student-Athletes of the Year in both Northern Nevada and Southern Nevada, as selected by a panel of judges, are then honored with this formal dinner banquet.

Winners receive commemorative awards from the NIAA and its sponsors. The awards include a $1,500 scholarship courtesy of the Farmers Insurance Group, a souvenir portrait and dinner for eight courtesy of Lifetouch Photography, a Top Ten souvenir newspaper edition courtesy of the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Reno Gazette-Journal, and a NIAA Courtesy Card. Winners are asked to invite seven guests, free of charge courtesy of the NIAA and Lifetouch, to share in the banquet.