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.
Kareem Martin Profile