Calling Drew Norberg the Athlete of the Year is almost an understatement.
After winning a state championship, earning a full-ride Division I athletic scholarship and posting numbers that blew the Nevada competition out of the water, it’s safe to say that athletes like Norberg don’t come along every day.
“She was the most dominant single-sport athlete this school has seen since Jared Haase,” volleyball coach Dan McLaughlin said. “She was supported by some extraordinary players, but it was her extraordinary abilities that just elevated the team to another level.”
Norberg’s utter dominance on the volleyball court makes her the Tahoe Daily Tribune’s Female Athlete of the Year from South Tahoe High School. She led the volleyball team through playoffs and eventually to a state title, breaking a 22-year state volleyball drought. But titles and plaques aside, watching Norberg play volleyball this season was just plain satisfying.
Norberg hits, blocks and digs with skills that go beyond the fundamentals of high school volleyball. She plays the game like it was intended.
“Everyone knew she was going to get every ball and for her to hit nearly .500 on the season is unheard of. It would be like a basketball player taking 50 shots a game and he still makes 30 of them,” McLaughlin said.
Norberg led Division I-A in both blocking and hitting percentage.
Those numbers tell the story, but so did Norberg’s desire to win. Her determination was every South Tahoe point this season and absorbed by everyone around her. Her character was the driving force behind South Tahoe’s improbable state title.
In the state championship game, Norberg shut down the “unstoppable” player from the South.
“It wasn’t me who said it, but one of the officials from the South, who watched us play the two state championship games, said they’d never seen a more dominate performance in volleyball,” McLauglin said.
Norberg will play volleyball for Division I Kent State this fall. She is the first South Tahoe student to receive a full-ride Division I athletic scholarship in more than a decade.
Honorable Mention: Brooke King was a key part of the soccer, basketball and track teams. She led the soccer team to the semifinals, averaging nearly one goal a game and totaling 20 goals on the season. She earned All-League MVP Forward and first team All-State at the end of the soccer season. On the basketball court, King again led her team into playoffs, averaging a team high 9.5 points per game.