King crowned: Soccer, basketball star wins STHS Girls Athlete of the Year
On both the pitch and the hardwood, Ally King was a dominant force for South Tahoe during the fall and winter of her senior year. King was named STHS Girls Outstanding Athlete of the Year for 2014-15 during a ceremony May 24, based on the talent and leadership she displayed for the Vikings’ girls soccer and girls basketball teams.
“It means a lot because there are a lot of athletes in my class that also deserved it,” King said.
King joined her older sister as a winner of the award chosen by school administrators. Brooke King won the honor two years ago as a standout in soccer, basketball and track — and now Ally has equal bragging rights after a stellar senior season in two sports.
“Ally was an all-around star in multiple sports, which is hard to do — she was the best female athlete,” South Tahoe athletic director Tony Sunzeri said. “Ally led the team in basketball and in soccer did whatever was asked of her.”
A four-year varsity player and three-year starter in soccer, King helped lead the Vikings’ girls team to back-to-back Div. I-A state championships and three in four seasons. During the 2014 campaign, the All-State and All-League first team selection recorded a career-high 45 points with 18 goals and nine assists.
“After losing at regionals, it felt good to win our last game together as seniors,” King said of South Tahoe’s most recent state title.
King played a number of positions for the Vikings last season, seeing time in defense, midfield and up front in the team’s 4-2-3-1 formation. While playing mostly in midfield, King moved to left back for the state tournament — and solidified South Tahoe’s defense as it won a pair of one-goal contests to capture back-to-back titles.
“She started out the year as a striker, finished as a defender and played every position over the course of the season — everything she was asked to do she did,” Sunzeri said. “That’s rare to find somebody that can play any position on the soccer field and be good at it.”
On the court, King was a first team All-League selection and the unquestioned leader of a Vikings’ team that missed the playoffs by one game. In her third varsity season, she led South Tahoe in scoring (13.3 points per game), rebounds (6.2), assists (3.0) and steals (3.8), highlighted by a triple-double against Sparks in the second round of league play.
“At the beginning of the season, I thought that our team would be underestimated because of a lack of varsity returners — and I think we had a really good season,” said King, adding that her favorite moment was a home win over Spring Creek.
When in action, King is a fierce competitor motivated by winning — and she described herself as committed and hardworking. In games and practices, she prefers to lead with her actions rather than vocally — and set a great example for her STHS teammates to follow.
“She is just a cold competitor — you can see it in her eyes,” Sunzeri said. “When the girls looked at Ally they knew it was time to put their game faces on because she was ready.”
King will play soccer at Lane Community College in Eugene, Ore. next season, joining Vikings teammate Jordyn Dion. She plans on pursuing a career in education.
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