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Prep Athletes of the Year: 2012-13

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DeKalb senior Kelli Cardine has never been a fan of the spotlight.

The shy midfielder doesn’t yearn for honors like Northern Illinois Big 12 girls soccer MVP and Daily Chronicle Player of the Year, both of which she earned after scoring 10 goals and dishing out 14 assists while leading DeKalb to a Northern Illinois Big 12 East championship this season.

“She’d rather have somebody else do the quote, she’d rather have somebody else take all the press,” DeKalb coach Phil Rouse said. “She just wants to win. She loves the sport and she loves her teammates.”