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.
THE WINNER: Phillip Hicks
School: Jesuit (New Orleans, La.)
Athletic achievement: Hicks scored nine goals and passed for six assists this past season, leading the Blue Jays (27-1-4) to the Division I state championship and a No. 7 ranking nationally in the ESPNHS Fab 50. He was the state Division I Player of the Year and the Times-Picayune Defensive Player of the Year.
Academic excellence: Hicks has maintained a 3.38 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of Habitat for Humanity and an area homeless shelter.
“Hicks is big, fast, good in the air,” said Louie Smothermon, head coach at Brother Martin (New Orleans, La.). “He was a great leader for his team, one of those kids with a refuse-to-lose mentality.”
THE FUTURE: Hicks will attend Louisiana State University this fall.