Return of the POY: Iowa's Rose Ripslinger

The Gatorade State Girls Soccer Players of the Year spring selection process is in full swing, 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: Rose Ripslinger

School: Assumption (Davenport, Iowa)

Grade: Sophomore

Position: Forward

2011 Goals: 29

2011 Assists: 9

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Iowa Girls Soccer Player of the Year. 1995 Region II Olympic Development Program Team member. Led the Knights to the 2011 Class 1A state championship. Set her school's single-season goals record as a freshman.

Academics: A average

College: Undecided

Extracurricular activities: A member of the high school choir, she has volunteered locally at a homeless shelter and nursing home in addition to volunteering for programs serving handicap development residents.

Justin Vorster, an Iowa Soccer Association ODP coach: "When you put the full components of the game together: technical ability, tactical ability, mental, physical, Rose Ripslinger has it. She’s strong on the ball, has a good first touch and is good in the air. Rose has unbelievable speed, but she has nice touch to go with it as well. Every now and again you get one of these girls who comes through who just shines and does exceptionally well.”

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.

Emma Winstead: Senior sweeper, West (Iowa City, Iowa)

Alli Peterson: Sophomore forward, West (Iowa City, Iowa)

Haley Helverson: Senior forward, Valley (West Des Moines, Iowa)

Quinn Steigleder: Junior midfielder, West (Iowa City, Iowa)

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

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