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Originally published Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 6:24 PM

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Siva and Moore unanimous AP players of the year

Lindsey Moore and Peyton Siva were so impressive during their senior seasons no one doubted they were the best prep basketball players in Washington state.

SEATTLE —

Lindsey Moore and Peyton Siva were so impressive during their senior seasons no one doubted they were the best prep basketball players in Washington state.

They were honored on Wednesday, when Moore and Siva were unanimous selections as Associated Press Washington prep players of the year. Voting was done by sports writers and editors from around the state.

Moore, from Kentwood, and Siva, from Seattle powerhouse Franklin, each led their respective schools to state championships in 2009, capping their stellar careers. Moore, who will continue her career in college at Nebraska, was the Class 4A state tournament MVP, helping Kentwood to the state crown. A versatile point guard, Moore did a little of everything for the Conquerors. She averaged 15.5 points, 8 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 3 steals as Kentwood finished the season 28-1.

Siva was equally successful in Class 3A, helping Franklin to the state title before he heads off to Louisville in the fall. It was Siva's second state crown in his four years for the Quakers, after helping them to the Class 4A title in 2006.

Siva, also a point guard, averaged 18.1 points per game and picked up a litany of awards this season. He was named a McDonald's All-American and was the Class 3A state tournament and Metro League MVP.

Both Siva and Moore were also voted the players of the year in their respective classes.

On the boys' side, future Washington guard Abdul Gaddy was voted the Class 4A player of the year, part of a highly regarded first team that includes Kentwood's Josh Smith, Garfield's Tony Wroten Jr., Kentridge's Gary Bell and Federal Way's Cole Dickerson. While Gaddy will join the Huskies in the fall, the other four will all return in 2010 and are considered by many to be some of the top recruits in the country.

In Class 2A, Keith Stackhouse was voted the player of the year after helping Squalicum to its first state title, and Joe Harris of Chelan was the Class 1A player of the year following a season where he averaged 26 points per game. Chase Ramey of state champion Northwest Christian of Colbert was the Class 2B player of the year, while Riggs Yarbro of Moses Lake Christian was honored in Class 1B.

For the girls, Yazmine Fuller from Kennedy was voted Class 3A player of the year after leading the Lancers to their first state title and a 28-0 season. She was the state tournament MVP and averaged 15.5 points for the season.

Brandi Benner of Lynden also led her team to the Class 2A state championship and was voted player of the year. Another star from the northwest corner of the state, Kenzie DeBoer from Lynden Christian, was voted the Class 1A player of the year, while Kayla Johnson from Colfax was an unanimous choice as the Class 2B honoree.

Finally, in Class 1B, Esther Timofeyev of Moses Lake Christian and Kelsey Moser from Colton shared the player of the year honor. Moser helped lead Colton to the state title, while Timofeyev averaged nearly 23 points per game.

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