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DECADE’S MULTI-SPORT ATHLETES: #8 MARLON EVANS

The Top 10 multi-sport athletes of the past decade.

By Robert Balajadia

With high school sports officially wrapped up for 2020, we’ve decided to count down the top 10 male and female multi-sport high school athletes of the past decade (2010-2020). This list centers around athletes who were not only dominant in one sport, but were multi-faceted stars every time they took the field/court.

Following the direction of a list created by GSPN’s Patrick Lujan four years ago on the best multi-sport athletes ever on Guam, ‘like sports’ (like cross country and track & field) will be ranked the same.

We continue the countdown with boys #8 Marlon Evans of the Harvest Eagles.

You’d think given his size, Marlon Evans would be the team’s middle blocker, if not the outside hitter. Then he would line up as a setter and you’d instantly see that it was the best position for him by the way he’d set up his teammates. Very rarely did he make errors, but it was his timing and perfect ball placements that won him league MVP his junior season.

Evans was actually a better futbol (soccer) player than he was at volleyball in large part due to his versatility. From the defensive side, he was stout and had enough quickness to keep the best players on the opposing side neutralized. His ability to play the length of the field as a mid was as good as any in the league, but his most lethal position was as striker, leading the Eagles in scoring an grabbing 1st team three out of his four years playing.

Evans would pursue collegiate soccer after graduation playing for the North Greenville Crusaders before joining the Matao, Guam Men’s National Team. Evans would be called up to join Detroit City FC late in 2019, where he continues to play out his professional career.

Marlon’s high school accolades

Volleyball – 1x MVP, 3x 1st Team All-Island
Soccer – 3x 1st Team All-Island

Marlon’s reaction to being selected

“It’s an honor to be placed on this list amongst many other talented and dedicated athletes on the island. I hope that all the athletes on the list and I can motivate the next generation of athletes to raise the bar higher for Guam’s athletics. I also think that at our younger age, it’s important to dip your toes in different sports to find what you’re truly passionate in and want to devote your training towards.

“I also want to point out the fact that all the sports I’m being acknowledged for on this list are team sports. Without any of my coaches or teammates through out my career, I wouldn’t even be close to being mentioned on this article. The bonds I’ve created with so many of my teammates throughout high school and college are something that I still cherish to this day. So I just wanted to give a quick ‘thanks and I love you all’ to every one of them.”

Previous revealed athletes
9. Juan King Jr.
10. Nathaniel Kyle Gaitan

Honorable Mention

Dylan Naputi (GW)
Ryan Quitugua (GW)
Devin Maluwelmeng (GW)
Noah Quichicho (GW)
Shelby Meeks (GW)
Damon Hocog (GW)
Bryton Cepeda (FD)
Jake Benito (FD)
RJ Rokop (FD)
Jujuan King (Guam High)
Aaron Blaz (Okkodo)
Maks Kepwe (Okkodo)
Dezdin Fikes (Okkodo)
LJ Aguon (Guam High)
Nolan Chamberlain (JFK)
Jonah Hahn (JFK)
Patrick Cruz  (Sanchez)
Wes Shiroma (Sanchez)
Josh Sablan (Sanchez)
Kobe Sotelo (Harvest)
Sean Evans (Harvest)
Mason Caldwell (Harvest)
Takumi Simon (St. John’s)

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