Return of the POY: D.C.'s Kara Wilson

The 2011-12 Gatorade State Girls Soccer Players of the Year selection process is underway, and what better way to kick off coverage than with profiles of returning underclassmen winners? Repeating is no guarantee, but here's a snapshot of what this year’s challengers can shoot for …

Name: Kara Wilson

Position: Midfielder

Grade: Senior

School: Sidwell Friends School (Washington, D.C.)

College: Duke University (verbal)

Height: 5-foot-9

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Washington D.C. Girls Soccer Player of the Year ... led the Quakers (16-2-2) to the 2010 Independent School League Tournament semifinals ... 2010 First Team All-Met selection as named by The Washington Post ... U.S. Youth Soccer Region I Olympic Development Program Team member


Academics: 3.0 GPA

Extracurricular activities: building houses as part of a service-mission trip to Mexico ... church youth group

Clyde Watson, Wilson's club coach with the Mclean Strikers: "Kara Wilson is the kind of player who would clear a ball off the goal line, and a minute later she would score on the opposite end. She plays from 18-yard box to 18-yard box as well as anyone I have ever seen."

Each Gatorade State Player of the Year is challenged by thousands of fellow high school athletes. These are a few of the returning girls soccer underclassmen that also contended in 2010-11 …

Maisie McCune SR M St. John's; Joan Fleischman JR F Sidwell Friends; Emily Hester JR M National Cathedral; Kirsten Glad SR GK St. John's

A dedicated POY team at ESPNHS manages the Gatorade Player of the Year program selection process and oversees all research, reporting, comparative analysis and criteria-compliance on the award program’s behalf.Candidates are judged upon athletic production and impact in the current season. Contenders must also demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Any class year is eligible, senior status has no bearing on a candidate’s merit and selections are made independent of ESPNU's recruit rankings.

To nominate a student-athlete for Player of the Year honors, contact the POY team at poy@risemag.com.