Martin Named NCHSAA Athlete of the Year

Kareem Martin of Roanoke Rapids High School has been named the 2010 Athlete of the Year by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA).

The award honors the most outstanding male and female high school athletes in the state. They were presented at the Dean E. Smith Center on the University of North Carolina campus during the NCHSAA's Annual Meeting on Thursday.

Selection is made by a special panel of media representatives from across the state.

Martin is a tremendous three-sport athlete, earning all-conference honors in football, basketball and track.

In football, he was a star who was the 2009 Northern Carolina Conference Defensive Player of the Year and the Lineman of the Year. During the 2009 campaign he had 121 tackles, including 21 for loss, forced eight fumbles, had five sacks and intercepted a pass, while on offense he caught 14 passes for 248 yards and four scores, leading Roanoke Rapids to its deepest run ever in the football playoffs. He was named to several all-star teams, starting for the North Carolina team in the Shrine Bowl as well as being selected for the All-American Bowl in Dallas, Texas.

He was also the Northern Carolina Conference Basketball Player of the Year, with averages of 15 points, 11 rebounds, nine blocked shots and three assists per game.

He is currently competing in track and field and earned the conference championship in both the high jump and the high hurdles, two events in which he has also set a Roanoke Rapids school record. A stellar student who has maintained a 4.0 grade point average and will graduate in the top five percent of his senior class, he will attend the University of North Carolina next year on a football scholarship.

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