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: Delaney Sheehan
School: Mandeville (La.)
Athletic achievement: Sheehan scored 45 goals and passed for 36 assists this past season, leading the Lady Skippers (27-7) to the Division I state semifinals. An All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, she has been a First Team All-State honoree each of the last three seasons.
Academic excellence: Sheehan has maintained a 4.59 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A member of her school’s Key Club, she has served in student government and has volunteered locally on behalf of Habitat for Humanity.
“Sheehan is always in the play, always in the right position and always makes tremendous decisions with the ball,” said Jeff Dunlap, head coach at Northshore (Slidell, La.). “She always puts herself in position to create opportunities for others.”
THE FUTURE: Sheehan will begin her senior year of high school this fall.