The Gatorade State Boys Soccer Players of the Year winter 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: Riggs Lennon
School: Brophy College Prep (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Weight: 175 pounds
Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Arizona Boys Soccer Player of the Year. 2011 Player of the Year as named by the Arizona Republic and East Valley Tribune. 2011 Class 5A Player of the Year as named by the coaches association. No. 15 recruit in Class of 2013 as rated by TopDrawerSoccer.com. Led the Broncos (23-1-2) to the 2011 Class 5A, Division I state championship. Averaged 1.5 points per game as a sophomore. 2010 U.S. Soccer Under-17 Men's National Team resident.
Academics: 3.64 GPA
Extracurricular activities: He has volunteered locally as part of a fundraising campaign to benefit needy families in Phoenix and in his school’s Goals for Sierra Leone Project.
Marc Kelly, head coach of Brophy College Prep: "We immediately knew it was going to be a fun year watching him score goals. He scored goals that I’ll never forget. Not just because they were beautiful, but because they were significant, timely and oftentimes devastating game-changers."
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.
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