Several University Interscholastic League (UIL) athletes have been named Gatorade Texas High School Players of the Year, a national honor that recognizes students for outstanding athleticism and academic achievement. The 2016-17 recipients are:
Sam Worley, Comal Canyon High School, Boys Track and Field
Kynnedy Flannel, Alvin High School, Girls Track and Field
Diana Ordonez, Prosper High School, Girls Soccer
Jose Ortiz, Sam Houston High School, Boys Soccer
The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track and field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade Player of the Year Selection Committee, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.