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2013-14 Male Athlete of the Year: Hart's Davis Koppenhaver

Posted: July 14, 2014 10:28 p.m.
Updated: July 14, 2014 10:28 p.m.

Hart senior football/basketball player Davis Koppenhaver was an All-SCV first-team selection in both sports.

 

There is a pattern to past Signal Male Athletes of the Year.

Usually, it’s a player who stands out and excels in one sport and is solid in another.

In some cases — like with Valencia running back Steven Manfro in 2011 — it was awarded to an athlete who played just one sport, but did so in record-breaking and transcendent fashion.

This year’s recipient breaks that pattern.

Hart senior Davis Koppenhaver wasn’t the poster boy for either football or basketball, but he was equally valuable in both sports.

The 2013 season for Hart football was its best in at least 10 years — maybe further back then that.

In the winter season that immediately followed, Hart put together the best Foothill League basketball season anyone had seen since 1997 with a perfect 10-0 run through league.

Here’s a serious question: Would either one of these feats have been possible without Koppenhaver?

Standing at 6 feet, 5 inches tall and 210 pounds, Koppenhaver was a first-down machine in football. He was the size of a tight end — the position he’ll play this fall for Duke University — but versatile enough to where Hart used him as a wide receiver.

Needless to say, he didn’t come across very many defensive backs who were able to match up with his size and athleticism.

He was the favorite target of Hart quarterback Brady White, who completed a team-high 84 passes to him, good for 976 yards and five touchdowns.

Hart went on to win the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division championship, its first CIF title in 10 years.

After that Hart also played in its first state playoff game in school history, eventually falling 28-10 to Chaminade in the CIF Southern California Division II State Bowl Game.

Koppenhaver was selected to the All-CIF-Southern Section Northern Division offensive team.

But by the time that award was announced, the senior was already making an impact on the hardwood.

Despite joining Hart’s basketball team late in the season due to his football commitments, Koppenhaver still inched his way into a virtual starting role as a forward.

As the season wore on, he earned the moniker of “sixth man,” because he would come off the bench and always make a difference with his energy on defense as well as his ability to score and rebound.

He averaged 10 points and six boards per game, which aren’t the numbers of a bench player.

Were it not for the influx of talent on this year’s Hart hoops team, Koppenhaver would have easily been a starter.

As it was, he was a huge piece of the team’s first Foothill League title since 2007 and an eye-popping finishing record of 26-3.

Not since Teddy Goetz in 2005 has a prominent basketball player won this award.

It takes a unique ability to pull off the football-basketball combination in back-to-back seasons.

Koppenhaver didn’t just pull it off, he was exceptional at both.

Thus, he is The Signal’s 2013-14 Male Athlete of the Year.

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