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4A Football Championship

Sheridan's Parker Christensen (25) reacts after scoring a touchdown during the Wyoming State High School Class 4A Championship game on Nov. 10 at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie.

Sheridan senior running back/linebacker Parker Christensen was awarded as the Wyoming Gatorade Player of the Year, the company announced on Thursday.

Christensen ran for 1,120 yards and 19 touchdowns, and caught 20 passes for 315 yards and two touchdowns this season while playing on the Broncs’ quest for four straight state championships. As a linebacker Christensen also added 85 tackles with an interception. He also returned two kickoffs for touchdowns.

In addition to on the field performance, the award is also presented to those displaying notable off the field character. Christensen has volunteered on behalf of the Special Olympics, soup kitchen, church thrift shop and in local youth sports programs. He also maintains a 4.0 GPA in the classroom.

Christensen is the seventh player to be chosen for the award from Sheridan High School. He is also the first since 2015 to win the award while accepting a scholarship offer to play football at the University of Wyoming (Theo Dawson, Jackson).

The award has most recently gone to Brett Brenton (Natrona County, 2017), Coy Steel (Sheridan, 2016), Christian Mayer (Big Horn, 2014) and Tevis Bartlett (Cheyenne East, 2013).

As part of Gatorade’s “Play it forward” marketing campaign, Christensen has the opportunity to award a $1,000 to a local or national sports youth organization. He may also submit an essay to win one of 12 different $10,000 spotlight grants to be given to the organization of his choice.

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Brady Oltmans reports on high school and local sports. He joined the Star-Tribune in July 2016 after covering prep sports and college soccer in Nebraska. He also contributes to University of Wyoming sports coverage. He and his dog live in Casper.

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