Whether it was Dustin Carter wrestling without limbs or Elena Delle Donne fighting burnout, the year in high school sports was replete with great accomplishments. Here are are some of the nation's top performers and the memories they leave behind. Perhaps none displayed more courage than Carter, who wrestled his way to the state tournament.
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Elena Delle Donne
Despite missing 10 games due to an illness, the 6-foot-5 UConn signee averaged 31 points and 11 rebounds. She is SI's girls national athlete of the year.
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SI's male athlete of the year helped lead Jeannette to WPIAL AA titles in basketball and football and finished with 8,499 career yards. He signed with Ohio State.
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With 82 points in 14 games, the Penn recruit is the nation's top attacker.
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Evans earned McDonald's All-American game MVP honors and signed with Memphis.
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A heptathlete with Olympic aspirations (and talent), the 400-meter hurdler and long jumper will run, jump and throw at UCLA next year.
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As the first underclassman to win Gatorade National Player of the Year award, the rising senior will follow Mater Dei alum Matt Leinart's path to USC.
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A McDonald's All-American on the nation's best team, the Rutgers signee will be expected to help revitalize the Scarlet Knights.
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Punahou (Honolulu) High's athletes
The Buff 'n Blue won 16 state titles in sports, including air riflery and football.
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Dixon, who led the Kangaroos to a state title, will be a part of the best recruiting class in Rutgers women's basketball history.
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Do not forget about Te'o just because he does not play on the mainland. The junior strongside linebacker will be a hot commodity this summer for college recruiters.
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One of the best soccer players in the nation, Henderson has made a name for herself in U.S. Soccer's national development program.
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Miami Northwestern football
The Bulls (15-0) saw red all season long as they charged past every team in their way en route to an undefeated season and national title.
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