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One of Downriver's most outstanding student athletes has a chance to bring home a prestigious award next week honoring his efforts both on and off the field.

Inter-City Baptist senior Evan Kraatz was named as one of six male finalists for the annual Detroit Athletic Club High School Athlete of the Year award. The winner will be announced next Monday at the DAC.

Kraatz is a standout, three-sport athlete for the Chargers who was most recently named Class D Basketball Player of the Year by the Michigan Associated Press and has accepted a full-ride scholarship to Ohio’s Cedarville University, which is located about 50 miles southwest of Columbus.

During the 2013-14 hoops season, the News-Herald Dream Team selection set the state’s all-time state career assist record with 803, passing his father, and coach, Mark Kraatz along the way.

In leading Inter-City to the regional final this year, he averaged 17.3 points, 9.0 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 4.6 steals.

On the soccer field in 2013 he had 25 goals and 25 assists and for his career finished with 83 goals and 103 assists.

This spring, he’s back on the baseball diamond after a 2013 campaign that featured a .510 batting average, 25 stolen bases and 35 runs scored.

For the last two years, he’s also had a chance to play alongside his sophomore brother Garrett Kraatz, who has shined in all three sports, as well.

To be considered for the honor, the candidate must be a high school senior who has demonstrated excellence in both athletics and academics, carrying a grade point average of 3.0 or high. The student athlete must also be active in school leadership and in the community to receive the nomination.

Kraatz holds a 3.85 GPA and serves as a volunteer with Awana youth ministries, as well as reading to elementary school students, helping out with church nursery duties at Inter-City and devoting time to youth summer camps.

In addition to Kraatz, the other male high school nominees for 2014 DAC award are Bearooz Yacoobi of Dearborn High, Jason Alessi of Brother Rice, Davis Crocker of Kalamazoo Loy Norrix High School, Zachary Hall of St. Johns High School and Sammy Stevens of Brother Rice.

The six female high school nominees are Asia Doss of Detroit Country Day, Alexis Gussert of Forest Park High School, Michelle Manning of Detroit Country Day, Alexandria Najarian of Cranbrook Kingswood, Taylor Timko of Pontiac Notre Dame Prep School and Holly Toliver of Berrien Springs High School.

Notable past winners of the DAC Michigan High School Athlete of the Year award include Country Day grad Shane Battier and Brighton High School alum Drew Henson.

Battier won the award in 1997 and went on to play college basketball at Duke and currently plays for the Miami Heat. Henson picked up the DAC honor the following year and was a star quarter-back at University of Michigan before moving on to brief careers in both Major League Baseball and in the NFL.

This year’s award ceremony is scheduled for next Monday at 7 p.m. at the DAC.

Last Updated: 5/2/2014 2:57:57 PM EST