A dedicated ESPNHS team managed this spring's Gatorade Boys Soccer Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.
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THE WINNER: Ema Boateng
School: Cate School (Carpinteria)
Weight: 165 pounds
Athletic achievement: Boateng led the Rams to a 20-2-1 record and the CIF-Southern Section Division VII tournament championship this past season. He scored 32 goals, passed for 19 assists and was a repeat selection as the Southern Section Division VII Player of the Year. A two-time Division VII First Team All-State honoree, Boateng concluded his prep soccer career with 79 goals and 49 assists. Officially a member of the Class of 2013, he has earned enough credits to attend University of California Santa Barbara this fall.
Academic excellence: Boateng has maintained a 3.75 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally as a participant in multiple school-wide community service projects in addition to coordinating and coaching at a summer youth soccer camp.
“Ema Boateng is the best player I have seen this year,” said Davor Fabulich, head coach of JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.). “He has great skills, great vision and always makes the right first touch. He knows how to position himself and make runs off the ball. He is a complete soccer player.”
THE FUTURE: Boateng has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at the UC Santa Barbara this fall.