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McNeill receives ultimate honor

Heidi McNeill became one of the select few in the United States on Tuesday night when she was awarded an McDonald’s All-American nomination before Oak Harbor’s basketball game against Arlington.

McNeill is one of approximately 1,000 of the top senior females selected from around the country that are up for nomination to play in the McDonald’s All-American game at the University of Notre Dame in April.

In her senior season, the 6-foot-3 post has averaged a team-high 18.8 points, 10 rebounds and 1.5 blocks. She is currently second in the WesCo North in scoring behind Arlington junior Randi Richardson (20.1) and will be the lone recruit to join the University of Washington roster in the fall of 2005.

There are 22 girls nominated from Washington state, including fellow WesCo North opponents Kirsten Thompson of Monroe and Sydney Benson of Snohomish.

“It was kind of a goal of mine, and to be nominated is fun for me,” McNeill said.

A selection process has already started that will narrow athletes down to the top 12 from the East Coast and the top 12 from the West Coast. The final roster will be selected by mid February.

This is the fourth year there has been a McDonald’s All-American game for girls. The boys game is in its 28th year of existence.

Oak Harbor’s last candidate was 1998 graduate Brannon Stone — someone who McNeill admired growing up.

“It was kind of like I always wanted to play in the McDonald’s game because I watched Brannon Stone and he was kind of my hero when I was in middle school,” she said.

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