Area trio recognized on Women in Sports Day
A trio of area female high school athletes got exactly what they deserved last Thursday – more recognition.
South Tahoe volleyball standout Adrian Hankoff and Whittell three-sport stars Sarah Sufka and Aurora Terry were among Nevada’s honorees on National Girls and Women In Sports Day, sponsored by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
The day is designed to call attention to the positive influence sports has on girls and women. This year’s theme “All Girls Allowed” celebrated the storied history of women’s athletic achievements.
Hankoff, who signed a letter of intent Feb. 3 to play volleyball for Washington State, was officially honored at halftime of last Friday’s Carson-South Tahoe basketball game.
“It definitely was an honor to get that award,” said Hankoff, who ended her high school career by taking the Vikes to third in the state last November. “I guess it’s the last thing I could get for sports now that I’m done with volleyball.”
The award is normally awarded to the top female senior athlete at each Nevada school as voted by athletic directors and coaches. But in the case of Whittell, a tie made for two choices.
“It’s great to be recognized for four years of hard work,” said Terry, who has played volleyball, basketball and softball in her four years with the Warriors. “It’s a good feeling.”
“It’s definitely an honor to have been selected,” said Sufka, who is the leading scorer. “And I’m glad that I’m able to share it with Aurora because we’ve been playing (high school) sports with each other for the last four years.”
Past area winners include Lady Warriors basketball coach Lindsay Wines and former Whittell athletic director Susan Grady.
Plans are also in the works to salute the honorees at a luncheon at UNR’s Lawlor Event Center in upcoming weeks.
“I think girls high school sports have come an awful long since the 1970s,” said Donnie Nelson, NIAA sports information director. “I think nowadays the popularity of girls sports will only continue to grow.”
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