Return of the POY: W.Va.'s Tommy Trupo

The 2011-12 Gatorade State Boys 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: Tommy Trupo

Position: Forward

Grade: Senior

School: Charleston Catholic (Charleston, W.Va.)

College: Undecided

Height: 5-foot-8

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade West Virginia Boys Soccer Player of the Year ... led the Fighting Irish (19-4-2) to the 2010 Class A state championship ... 2009 and 2010 First Team All-State selection as named by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association and West Virginia Soccer Coaches Association ... 2010 WVSWA All-State Team Captain ... 2010 Class AA-A Player of the Year ... 2009 Class AA-A Forward of the Year ... five-time club state champion


Academics: 3.64 GPA

Extracurricular activities: food bank volunteer ... retirement center volunteer

Steve Cogar, head coach of rival Ravenswood High: "Trupo is a game-changer. He can score against anybody. He's fast, he's agile and his conditioning is beyond belief."

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

Trevor Starcher SR M Hurricane; Logan Beabout SR G Hurricane; Carter Phillips SR M Washington; Pat Kelly SR F Bridgeport; Tanner Robison SR F Washington; Wes McWatters JR D Hurricane

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.