Editor's note: This is an installment in a series highlighting the accomplishments of those Moffat County High School athletes named All-Conference and All Conference honorable mention during the 2000-2001 athletic seasons.
Rising through the ranks of flag football and then working his way through five years of tackle football has put Moffat County High School senior Kevin Voorhees at the top of his game.
Last fall, the senior led the Moffat County Bulldogs on both sides of the ball with 44 receptions as receiver and nine picks as a corner back. The latter stat earned Voorhees All-Conference honors, and second team All-State honors.
"He really brought a solid element of play to both sides of the ball last season," said John Hadden, third-year head coach of the 'Dogs.
Bringing solid play to a sport is what Voorhees is known for at Moffat County High School. He's a three-sport varsity athlete, playing football, basketball, and baseball.
Though the senior plays both sides of the ball, he feels more at home when he's catching the ball as a receiver then when at corner back.
"I just like the fact that at receiver I know the ball's coming to me, compared to having to anticipate on defense," Voorhees said. "At corner back, the match ups are sometimes a little too much, too quick that is."
At the receiver position, he earned 718 yards on 44 receptions, an average of 16 yards per catch.
Voorhees' drive to excel as the go to receiver last fall came from a wish to show what a kid with a basketball frame could do on the gridiron.
"I just want to show everyone that a tall skinny kid could play football, and I felt that I did a very good job of that," he said.
Along with All-Conference honors in football, Voorhees earned them in basketball as well, leading the Bulldogs in points, 298, and rebounds, 168.
Basketball coach Blaine Corlett said Voorhees was one of the most solid players he had this year.
"Voorhees was a team leader for us this year and really elevated the play of his teammates with his performance," Corlett said
This spring Voorhees has been doing well on the crushed brick of the Craig Middle School's baseball field, working his way to the lead-off position in the line-up, and looking to leave the center field for some action on the mound, if needed this season.
Though Voorhees loves all three of the sports he participates in, he looks to leave two of them behind with high school when he graduates this spring.
"I'm going to play basketball at Dakota Wesleyan next year. It's not that I don't enjoy the other two sports, it's just that I only want one while I'm in college," he said.
Dakota Wesleyan is an NAIA college in the Dakota 10 Conference, a conference which encompasses most of the smaller colleges in North and South Dakota. Wesleyan is located in Mitchell, SD.