At the conclusion of each high school season, The News-Press staff sends area coaches a nomination form to select and rank players for our all-area first teams and to also nominate athletes for second team and honorable mention.

A combination of The News-Press’ research and the coaches’ player rankings lead to the teams being selected and three athletes being named finalists for player of the year.

The three finalists are invited to The Southwest Florida Sports Awards to be held Wednesday, May 23 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, where a player of the year for each will be announced along with other honors. Former Major League Baseball player John Kruk will be the featured speaker.

This year, the athletes chosen from Riverdale High School are

Cydnee Whiteleather (finalist) and Colbi Covington (Second Team)

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