A dedicated ESPNHS team managed this past fall'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.
For his 29 fellow Gatorade State Fall Boys Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.
THE WINNER: Femi Hollinger-Janzen
School: Bethany Christian (Goshen, Ind.)
Weight: 180 pounds
Athletic achievement: Hollinger-Janzen scored 29 goals and passed for eight assists this past season, leading the Bruins (18-4-1) to the Class 1A state semifinals. The Indiana Soccer Coaches Association State Player of the Year, he was an All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and a two-time Northern Indiana Soccer Conference Player of the Year. Hollinger-Janzen concluded his prep soccer career with 67 goals and 23 assists.
Academic excellence: Janzen has maintained a B average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A drummer in his church’s worship band, he has volunteered locally at a food bank and as a youth soccer coach in addition to serving as a youth mentor at his church and in association with the Boys & Girls Club of America.
“A player like Femi only comes along once in a while,” said Gene Guy, Janzen’s club coach with Elkhart County United. “I’ve seen him do some amazing things on the field. He really brought his game up this year and pulled a lot of people at his high school together. He really took control.”
THE FUTURE: Janzen has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at Indiana University this fall.