A dedicated ESPNHS team managed this spring's Gatorade Girls Soccer Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2012 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.
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THE WINNER: Haley Wingender
School: Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Athletic achievement: Wingender led the Gaels to a 17-3-2 record and the Class 4A state title this past season. She scored 33 goals and passed for 20 assists, including two goals and an assist in Gorman’s 4-0 win over Green Valley (Henderson, Nev.) in the state championship match. A three-time First Team All-Sunset Region selection and the 2011 Southwest League Player of the Year, Wingender was a three-time Class 4A First Team All-Southern Nevada honoree. She concluded her prep soccer career with 93 goals and 51 assists.
Academic excellence: Wingender has maintained a 3.32 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A member of her school’s chess club, she has volunteered locally on behalf of a beautification project at the St. Therese Center and as part of a project to remodel the Trendz Youth Center in addition to donating her time with the Special Olympics.
“When it mattered most, Haley Wingender stepped up and delivered a state title,” said Roy Snyder, head coach of Green Valley. “Her team absolutely destroyed us in the state final. A lot of that was that no defense in the state could contain her speed, athleticism and skill.”
THE FUTURE: Wingender has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on scholarship at Northern Arizona University this fall.