In celebration of Arizona's centennial, the Star will feature our picks for the 100 best athletes, moments and teams.

Throughout the summer, we will showcase our list - with the first 90 in no particular order.

In August, Greg Hansen will choose his top 10, with a column on each.

Nicole Powell


One of the greatest high school girls basketball players in state history, Powell was a Parade magazine first-team All-American at Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix. She was born in Sierra Vista.

Powell finished her prep career with 2,478 points and 1,760 rebounds. She excelled in numerous sports: She won three state badminton singles titles, captured the state discus title in 2000 and was an Arizona 5A doubles runner-up in tennis.

At Stanford, she scored 2,062 points, grabbed 1,143 rebounds and recorded six triple-doubles, the only women's basketball player in Pac-10 history to post more than one. She was an Associated Press first-team All-American in 2004, a second-team selection in 2002 and 2003, a four-time all-Pac-10 honoree and the league's player of the year twice.

The Charlotte Sting drafted her as the third overall pick in 2004. She averaged 4.3 points as a rookie. She was traded to Sacramento in 2005, and spent five seasons with the Monarchs. She averaged a career-best 16.7 points per game in 2009. In 2005, she helped the Monarchs win the championship. She made the 2009 Western Conference All-Star team. New York selected her in the dispersal draft in 2009, and she currently plays for the Liberty.

Hometown; Current age

Phoenix; 28

By the numbers

32: Career-high single-game points in the WNBA in 2009

Sarah Trotto