Stutzman Named Gatorade's Idaho Player Of The Year

Dec. 13, 2012

LAS VEGAS ( - Sadie Stutzman, who just recently signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball at UNLV, was named Idaho's 2012 Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year.

Stutzman, a senior middle blocker and defensive specialist at Fruitland High School, led her squad to a Class 3A state championship this past season. She tallied 612 kills, 135 digs, 127 blocks, 74 aces and 24 assists on the year. In the state tournament, she notched 86 kills, 31 digs and 27 blocks. In the championship match - a 3-0 sweep of Priest River, she threw down 20 kills and registered four blocks. She led Club Idaho to a 2012 AAU Girls' Junior National Championships berth.

Prior to the Gatorade announcement, was tabbed the Wendy's High School Heisman Award winner for the state of Idaho. She had also earned Snake River Valley Conference MVP honors for the second straight year and been named to her third consecutive all-conference first team.

Off the court, she maintains a 4.0 GPA and ranks first in her graduating class. She is a member of the National Honor Society and a recipient of the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership scholarship. She has volunteered with the Red Cross, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program, Love INC, her church, nursing home and community clean clean-up efforts.

The 50 winners were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2012 season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.