A dedicated ESPNHS team managed this past fall's Gatorade State Girls 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.
For her 21 fellow Gatorade State Fall Girls Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.
THE WINNER: Brooke Heidemann
School: Rocky Mountain (Meridian, Idaho)
Athletic achievement: Heidemann led the Grizzlies to a 15-1-4 record and the Class 5A state championship this past season. She scored 14 goals and passed for 24 assists while being named the Class 5A Southern Idaho Conference Player of the Year. A National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Far West Region selection, Heidemann recorded an assist in Rocky Mountain’s 1-0 state title-clinching win over Boise High in the state final. She concluded her prep soccer career with 42 goals and 64 assists.
Academic excellence: Heidemann has maintained a 3.95 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of Meridian’s elderly residents and as part of multiple community service initiatives in association with her church youth group.
“Brooke is an extraordinary player who possesses tremendous soccer abilities and leadership skills,” said Steve Lynch, head coach of Meridian (Idaho). “Without her, Rocky Mountain would not have achieved its success, especially the state title.”
THE FUTURE: Heidemann has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at Boise State University beginning this fall.