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Hart 2011-12 Hart High Male Athlete of the Year: Tim White

Posted: June 27, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 27, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Hart High football player and track and field athlete Time White.

 

Usually, the easiest way to spot the best athletes is to pay attention to which ones keep popping up all over the place.

That’s Tim White.

Whether it was running back, wide receiver or defensive back on the football team or long jump, high jump and triple jump for track and field, he was easily Hart’s most versatile athlete this season.

It’s why he’s the school’s 2011-12 Male Athlete of the Year.

“It was his athletic ability,” said Hart football coach Mike Herrington. “He could do a little bit of everything. We had him play running back, he played running back really well. He could play offense, defense and special teams.”

And he had another skillset that came into play in the spring — jumping.

After winning Foothill League titles for the second straight year in both the high jump and long jump, he went on to compete in the triple jump finals of the CIF State Track and Field Championships in Fresno.

There, he took second place, missing out on a state title by mere inches.

In football, White took All-CIF-SS Northern Division honors as a defensive back.

Yet his most memorable moments were probably on the other side of the ball.

In an Oct. 28 game against two-time defending league champion Valencia, Hart trailed by a point late in the game before quarterback Connor Wingenroth connected with White for a 40-yard, go-ahead touchdown pass with 36 seconds left. White had to tip the pass to himself up and over a defender to make the play. Hart ended up winning the game 19-14 after one of the most dramatic moments of the SCV football season.

He excelled in so many different ways and at so many different arenas of competition with such quiet humility.
It’s a combination of attributes rarely seen in an athlete — and it’s one that will be missed at Hart.

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