After an outstanding four years of high school athletics and a particularly tremendous senior year, Gaskin has been named The Seattle Times male Prep Athlete of the Year.

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The bright lights are shining, the large crowd is cheering and the championship is on the line. It doesn’t get much better than that in high school football.

Myles Gaskin remembers the moment from the state football championship game four years ago clearly. It also ties into his biggest regret from high school, though.

Gaskin was unable to lead O’Dea back to the Class 3A state title game in any of the following three years, but the lack of state trophies does little to diminish his prep career. After an outstanding four years of high school athletics and a particularly tremendous senior year, Gaskin has been named The Seattle Times male Prep Athlete of the Year.

Selection criteria

The Seattle Times’ Athletes of the Year are chosen from high schools within King and Snohomish counties (plus Bainbridge) and must have competed in at least two sports within the 2014-15 school year.

“He’ll be ranked right there at the top with all the other kids that were impact players on and off the field,” said longtime O’Dea football coach Monte Kohler. “My thirty years, top three, probably.”

A football star who will play at the University of Washington, Gaskin is a two-time Star Times all-area selection at running back. The two-time Metro offensive MVP, Gaskin was named to the league’s first team as a running back for three consecutive years. He also took home first team honors as a defensive back, finishing fifth on O’Dea in tackles.

Gaskin won the Class 3A 100-meter dash this spring. He also anchored the second-place 4×100 relay at the state meet, helping the Irish place second as a team.

While he never made it back to the state title game, Gaskin learned from that experience and tried to imitate his older teammates from that 2011 team, which lost to Bellevue in the title game.

“I tried to base how I played and how I acted … like those guys because they [got to] the holy grail of football,” Gaskin said. “You got to the state championship. They didn’t win it, but they got there. That’s what we wanted to be. We didn’t get there quite, we came close a few times, but that’s what I tried to do.”

His first sport was track and it’s easy to see how his sprinter’s ability translates to the football field. Gaskin is a bit undersized at 5 foot 10 and 185 pounds, but is usually the quickest player on the gridiron. His ability to find holes and shoot through them in a flash gives him the ability to get to the open field.

Once he gets to the second level, Gaskin enjoys making a couple moves to avoid the final few defenders.

When he dreams about his future at Washington — something he often does — that type of run is what plays through his mind.

“Probably like 30-yard line, our (30-)yard line, break for a long touchdown,” Gaskin said. “A whole

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Chico McClatcher, Federal Way

A football star who was selected three times to the Star Times all-area team, McClatcher broke school records for career touchdowns and career total yards. McClatcher, who will play football at Washington, also holds the school record in the long jump, finishing second at state this season.

Isaiah Diggs, Decatur

Diggs shined in both football and wrestling. He was a First-Team All-SPSL 4A Northwest selection as a receiver and Second-Team pick at defensive back. Wrestling may be Diggs’ best sport, though, as he backed up his state title at 138 pounds last year with one at 152 this season. Also a track standout, Diggs just missed the state meet in the 100 meters and long jump.

Emmanuel Daigbe, Kent-Meridian

Not many had as much success in three sports this past year than Daigbe, who participated in football, wrestling and track. A Class 4A state champion in wrestling at 182 pounds, Daigbe went undefeated. His outstanding wrestling season followed a football campaign which ended with him being named the SPSL NE All-Purpose Player of the Year, First-Team All-League wide receiver and Second-Team All-League linebacker. Daigbe also qualified for the district meet as part of the 4×400 relay team.

Taylor Davis, Beamer

The senior has been a winner his entire time at Beamer, helping the Titans to the baseball playoffs all four years. The National Honor Society student, who holds a cumulative 3.92 GPA, also was a quarterback on the football team the past three years. He is the winningest signal-caller in school history, also leading Beamer to its first-ever state playoffs.

Evan Condon, Mercer Island

Despite a dislocated finger in the regional finals and a soft splint on it for the Mat Classic, Condon was able to win the Class 3A state wrestling title at 195 pounds. Condon, who is committed to play lacrosse for Army, took home All-Conference honors after leading Mercer Island to the state title.

Dejon Devroe, Oak Harbor

Not only is Devroe a state champion in the 800 meters, but his time of 1:52.61 broke the Oak Harbor record in the event. The speedster’s time was more than a half-second faster than any other in Class 3A this season. Devroe also took home honors from his football performance, being named to the First-Team All-Wesco offense.

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bunch of people screaming their heads off, having a good time.”

His former teammates and coaches from O’Dea will be watching keenly as Gaskin takes his talents down the road. His athletic ability isn’t what they’ll remember most, though, but his impact off the field.

Selection criteria

The Seattle Times’ Athletes of the Year are chosen from high schools within King and Snohomish counties (plus Bainbridge) and must have competed in at least two sports within the 2014-15 school year.

“That’s what separates him: he’s just a special teammate,” Kohler said. “He encourages everybody.”