Jennifer Trapp wasn't named to any all-state girls basketball teams, but on Monday she learned some news that took some of the sting out of her exclusion.
Trapp, a Lawrence High senior who has committed to play at Kansas University, was named the state's Gatorade player of the year.
"It is a big deal for me," Trapp said. "It's a really nice honor."
Trapp said she wasn't surprised she was omitted from the all-state first-team. She was, however, named to the second-team.
"I was a little bit disappointed, but I'm sure they pick the girls closer to home," Trapp said. "I expected that. I wasn't going to cry over what happened."
Trapp averaged about 15 points and seven rebounds a game for the Lions, who finished their season 20-5. They lost the Class 6A state championship game, 59-53, to Shawnee Mission West.
LHS won state last year.
"I think it's great," LHS coach Gary Hammer said of Trapp's Gatorade accolade. "I thought she had a good chance to make all-state, but they can't give it to all 6A players. I'll bet she didn't miss it by much. She didn't make all-state, but she was still picked the player of the year. It's a real nice honor for her."
The Gatorade award is based on athletic and academic achievement. The selections are made by an advisory board comprised of 10 national and regional sports writers.
La'Keshia Frett, a center-forward at Phoebus High in Hampton, Va., was named the national player of the year.