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: Danny Arrubla
School: Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)
Weight: 160 pounds
Athletic achievement: Arrubla led the Huskies to a 24-3 record and the Division I state championship this past season. He scored 39 goals and passed for 14 assists, including a state-playoff record four goals in the state semifinals. The 2012 East Valley Tribune State Player of the Year and an Arizona Republic All-Arizona First Team selection, Arrubla concluded his prep soccer career with 70 goals.
Academic excellence: Arrubla has maintained a B average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally as part of multiple community service initiatives in association with the Salvation Army.
“Danny Arrubla was Hamilton’s everything,” said Dan Salas, head coach of rival Corona del Sol (Tempe, Ariz.). “He’s fast and dynamic and a good distributor. In our games against them we made mental mistakes in our marks and Danny got us for three goals.”
THE FUTURE: Arrubla has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at Metro State University in Colorado this fall.