There can be only one. Well, two technically. One of each gender. But that kind of messes up the reference. Thousands of North Pinellas student-athletes participated in high school sports throughout the 2013-14 academic calendar. Some ran and some jumped, while others threw and others dunked. For nine months these athletes took to fields and courts and tracks and pools, constantly pushing themselves in the pursuit of excellence and victory.
That cumulative effort produced week after week of outstanding accomplishments turned in all over the county. For four years now, The Suncoast News has shined a spotlight on many of these feats each Thursday with its “Athlete of the Week,” sponsored by The Dan Wright Corporation. Of these deserving and dedicated competitors, two are then selected each year to be The Suncoast News “Athletes of the Year” – one male and one female. This year's North Pinellas recipients are: FEMALE Alexandra Aitchison East Lake High School Junior/Swimming Four events. Four gold medals. It doesn't get much better than that. East Lake's Alexandra Aitchison quickly made her presence felt locally after transferring to East Lake from Arizona this past fall. Then she turned in the year's most dominating performance in the pool when she went to the Class 4A state championship and won all four of her qualified events. The junior won individual golds in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle, and she helped lead the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay teams to the top of the podium. In addition to her prep career, Aitchison trains with the Canadian National Developmental Team. MALE George Campbell East Lake High School Junior/Football and Track and Field Considering the body of work East Lake's George Campbell has already amassed, it's hard to believe (perhaps scary for opponents) that he has one more high school year to go. The junior entered the year as one of the nation's top football recruits and proceeded to live up to all the hype. Campbell, a two-way star, hauled in 31 passes for 769 yards and scored nine touchdowns while also recording eight sacks defensively during East Lake's run to the Class 7A state final four. The 6-foot-5 athlete then hit the track in the spring and sprinted his way to a fifth-place Class 4A state finish in the 100 meter dash.