Player: Thomas Sanner
School: North Central
The Word: North Central has looked impressive so far, running out to a 7-0 start and a No. 1 state ranking in most publications (No. 11 nationally in the POWERADE FAB 50). Sanner is a big reason for the success, as the senior forward gives the Panthers a finisher up front and a creative passer to kick-start the offense. Last year, Sanner led the team with 20 goals and 22 assists, and so far this season he looks like an early contender for Gatorade State Player of the Year honors. The schedule is about to pick up for North Central, with the Great Midwest Classic on Friday and Saturday, followed by a big-time test at Carmel on Wednesday, Sept. 14. Look for Sanner to step up during this stretch and keep the Panthers on top.