Award recognizes one player from each state for their athletic prowess, academic achievement, and character

By now, Hannah Troutman is used to getting accolades.

The senior outside hitter has been a starter on four state championship teams. She has been a first team all tournament and all state selection each of the last two years as well as being named Class 4A?player of the LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Hannah Troutman tips the ball over a pair of Central Catholic blockers during a tournament this fall. Troutman was recently named the Gatorade Oregon Volleyball Player of the Year.

However, even Troutman was surprised when she learned last Thursday that she had been named the Gatorade volleyball player of the year for the state of Oregon.

“It was a huge surprise,” she said. “I was really excited about it. Thanks to my coaches for all they’ve helped me achieve and for pushing me to where I am today.”

To be considered for the Gatorade player of the year award, a player must not only be an outstanding athlete, but also have high academic standards and have demonstrated exemplary character on and off the court.

Troutman currently has a 3.85 GPA and has volunteered locally with the Humane Society of the Ochocos, the Catholic Youth Organization, and as a youth volleyball coach.

The award, which is given to the top player in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, puts Troutman in the running for the national player of the year award.

“Recognition to this level is quite the honor,”?said Crook County Athletic Director Rob Bonner. “To have Hannah Troutman in our program and in our school, she just brought a great amount of pride to the town. I’ve got this piece of paper from Gatorade and she’s in this list with names like Griffin III, Dwight Howard, Derek Jeter, Lisa Leslie, Peyton Manning, and Kerri Walsh. To know that Hannah Troutman is in that kind of company — it’s a very prideful day for us.”

Troutman finished the season with 642 kills, 534 digs, 82 service aces and 46 blocks. She finished with a .334 hitting percentage and a kill percentage of .473.

“It’s the biggest volleyball award in the nation,” said Crook County Head Volleyball Coach Rosie Honl. “To get the statewide one is a huge honor and I’m so proud of her. She’s worked very hard for it.”

Troutman recently signed a letter of intent to play volleyball and compete in track and field at Oregon State University.

Honl said that the school had planned to surprise Troutman with the announcement. However, Oregon State spoiled the surprise by contacting Troutman’s mother early Thursday morning.

“Look out Oregon State,” Honl said. “I think they are going to welcome her. In fact, they are the ones that blew the surprise.”

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