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Meet SBLive Sports' national athletes of the year in 2022-23, chosen by fan votes

Here are the 13 high school athletes chosen by fans as player of the year in their respective sports during the 2022-23 season

The fans have spoken and the polls are closed, so now it's time to meet SBLive Sports' 2022-23 national athletes of the year.

We highlighted last year's superstars in football, volleyball, boys soccer, girls soccer, boys basketball, girls basketball, boys wrestling, girls wrestling, baseball, softball, boys track and field, girls track and field and finally boys lacrosse. Fans then hit the polls and chose the athletes who rose above as the best of the best.

Check SBLive Sports next week for a poll to vote for the 2022-23 all-sports athlete of the year.

Conway's Chloe Clardy was chosen by SBLive Sports readers as girls basketball player of the year for the second consecutive year. (Photo by Michael Smith)

Conway's Chloe Clardy was chosen by SBLive Sports readers as girls basketball player of the year for the second consecutive year. (Photo by Michael Smith)

SBLive's 2022-23 fan-voted national athletes of the year


Elijah Brown, jr., Mater Dei (California)

Brown completed 184 of 270 passes (68%) for 2,785 yards, 31 touchdowns and only four interceptions in 2022. The junior was the most consistent quarterback in California high school football in the fall. The SBLive California All-State honoree is 29-1 in his career as a starter.

Final football vote


Gigi Navarrete, sr., Mother McAuley (Illinois)

Navarrete was the team captain and overall leader for one of the best squads in the country, leading Mother McAuley to its record 16th volleyball state championship. The 5-foot-6 libero is a defensive dynamo and will be staying in the Chicago area to play college volleyball for Northwestern.

Final volleyball vote

Boys soccer

Aiden Boudro, soph., Bay (Mississippi)

Boudro was an impact player for Bay as a freshman, scoring 14 goals, and he exploded as a sophomore. He finished with 26 goals and 11 assists in leading Bay to the 4A state championship, scoring the opening goal in a 2-0 win and earning state championship MVP honors.

Final boys soccer vote

Girls soccer

Ivy Tolbert, jr., Commerce (Georgia)

Scoring a hat trick is typically a season highlight for the best of strikers, but Tolbert more than averaged one during the spring season. She scored 87 goals in 23 matches, adding 50 assists, and the stellar student has already committed to play college soccer in the Ivy League for Cornell.

Final girls soccer vote

Boys basketball

Tre Johnson, jr., Lake Highlands (Texas)

The consensus top-ranked junior in the country tallied 21.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game while leading Lake Highlands to its first state title since 1968. Johnson posted 29 points and eight rebounds in the Wildcats’ state championship win.

Final boys basketball vote

Girls basketball

Chloe Clardy, sr., Conway (Arkansas)

Clardy has been the undisputed best player in Arkansas for the past two seasons, and she'll be taking her talents to Stanford next year. In a senior season full of highlights that included going toe-to-toe with a tough Sidwell Friends team at the GEICO Invitational, Clardy finished her season by leading Conway to a state championship win over North Little Rock.

Final girls basketball vote

Boys wrestling

Joey Blaze, sr., Perrysburg (Ohio)

Blaze was Ohio's most dominant wrestler this year statistically according to DubStat and finished his senior 44-0, winning his third state title in March at 165 pounds. The Purdue signee is unbeaten as a senior and would likely be walking away from high school with four titles had COVID not rid him of a state meet. Look out for his brother Marcus, a sophomore who continues to make noise on the World stage. He was the 120-pound winner at last summer’s 16U freestyle National Championships and just made the U17 World Team in dramatic fashion.

Final boys wrestling vote

Girls wrestling

Savannah Isaac, jr., Whitmer (Ohio)

Isaac has established herself as the top 200-pounder in the country. She went 28-0 and won her third consecutive state title this year at 190. She captured 16U and 19U national titles in Fargo last summer.

Final girls wrestling vote


Walker Martin, sr., Eaton (Colorado)

No hitter had a more dominant senior season than Martin, who led the nation with 20 home runs, and his power didn't affect his average. The left-handed-hitting shortstop who was chosen No. 52 overall by the San Francisco Giants in the MLB Draft hit .633, drove in 75 runs and scored 64.

Final baseball vote


Yanina Sherwood, jr., Jackson (Washington)

Sherwood evolved into the type of all-state workhorse pitcher who carries programs to championships. After No. 2 pitcher Allie Thomsen came down with an offseason injury, the Timberwolves were left with no real backup. Sherwood volunteered to pitch every inning, striking out 255 batters in 164 innings. She finished the spring with a 24-1 record and 0.55 ERA while hitting .381 with five home runs in the middle of the Timberwolves' lineup.

Final softball vote

Boys track and field

Gatlin Bair, jr., Burley (Idaho)

Easily the fastest high school athlete in Idaho, Bair became one of the fastest teenagers in the country this spring, tying his own state record with a 10.15 in the 100 and running the fifth-fastest 200 in the nation with a 20.47. He's also one of the top-rated wide receivers in the nation but will delay his college start for two years to go on a mission with the LDS church.

Final boys track and field vote

Girls track and field

Tatum David, sr., Richland County (Illinois)

Also a cross country star, David set the all-time state meet record in the 3,200 meters, blazing to a time of 9:53.9 in May. A month earlier she was even faster, running a national-best 9:48.94 at the Herrin Girls Invite. She'll be running track and cross country next season for the University of Virginia.

Final girls track and field vote

Boys lacrosse

Matt Jeffery, jr., Cheshire (Connecticut)

The state of Connecticut has produced some of the nation's top high school prospects, and Jeffery is at the top. The Notre Dame-committed middy shot up to the No. 1 junior in the National Lacrosse Federation prospect rankings last year after a strong summer. Connecticut Class M state champion Cheshire went 19-3 on the season. He spurned elite prep school options and also stars as Cheshire's quarterback and point guard.

Final boys lacrosse vote