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Athlete of the Year: Harris sisters shine in three sports

Becky Regan
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Emily and Amanda Harris don’t take kindly to losing so it’s a good thing the twins have the kind of athleticism that winning seasons are built upon.

The Harris sisters utter domination in volleyball, basketball and softball make them the Tahoe Daily Tribune’s Female co-Athletes of the Year from Whittell High School. Both girls were first team All-League in three sports.

“Emily and Amanda absolutely deserve the acknowledgment,” softball coach Dave Galicia said. “These two young ladies are the complete package as athletes.”

“If I had to select a dream team from all the young ladies I have coached these two young ladies would definitely be on the team.”

The Harris sister would be a part of any dream team.

On the volleyball court, they led the Warriors to a 17-14 winning record despite routinely facing schools twice their size. The girls were an equal threat at the net, leading the Warriors in kills and blocks.

Amanda was a two-time All-State volleyball player and league MVP. Both girls were first team All-League.

On the basketball court it was no different. Amanda was the Warriors’ leading scorer. During their first game against South Tahoe, she accounted for 22 of the Warriors’ 24 points. She averaged more than 15 points a game.

Emily wasn’t in the position to rack up stats, but she ran a flawless point and was an equal part of every win.

“She is as athletic as it gets,” basketball coach Tom Esposito said. “Emily is probably one of the top five athletes I’ve ever coached.”

Both girls were named first team All-League at the end of the basketball season.

“Since they were freshmen they’ve made an impact on this program, and they’ve progressively gotten better,” Esposito said.

Amanda and Emily also both made first team All-League as softball players.

“As a softball coach I want smart athletes, not robots. I don’t use a cookie cutter approach as a coach, where all the athletes must do everything the same,” Galicia said. “Emily and Amanda are competitive, leaders, athletic, smart and beautiful in every way. They get the mental part of the game.”

Amanda was Whittell’s No. 1 starting pitcher and carried the Warriors into the second round of playoffs. She finished the season with a 1.92 ERA after 24 starts. She also recorded a .373 batting average with 19 RBI and a .902 fielding percentage.

Emily was a force behind home plate for the Warriors. The catcher posted a .400 batting average with 24 RBI, 12 doubles and a .973 fielding percentage.

Both girls were good enough to play Division II softball, but elected to play volleyball come fall at Division II Coker College in South Carolina.

Honorable mention: Sierra Forvilly is without a doubt Athlete of the Year caliber. She was a consistent gold medalist for the Whittell track team, setting a new school record and leading the league in the 300 hurdles. She went on to win four individual medals at the state track meet. She also was a pivotal part of the soccer and basketball teams this year.

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