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Return of the POY: Mont.'s Anthony Keene

The 2011-12 Gatorade State Boys Soccer Players of the Year selection process is underway, and what better way to kick off coverage than with profiles of returning underclassmen winners? Repeating is no guarantee, but here's a snapshot of what this year’s challengers can shoot for …

Name: Anthony Keene

Position: Midfielder/defender

Grade: Senior

School: Billings West (Mont.)

College: Undecided

Height: 5-foot-10

Weight: 150 pounds

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Montana Boys Soccer Player of the Year ... led the Bears (12-3-1) to the 2010 Class AA state semifinals ... three-time Academic All-State selection ... 2010 Class AA Eastern Division First Team All-State selection

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Academics: 3.48 GPA

Extracurricular activities: Ecology Club member ... youth soccer coach and mentor ... service-mission trips to Mexico and New Orleans

Paul Zazenski, Keene’s club coach with Montana United: "Anthony Keene is not a real big guy, but he’s very quick on the ball and has very good touch. He can run all day, and he has very good vision for a high school player."

Each Gatorade State Player of the Year is challenged by thousands of fellow high school athletes. These are a few of the returning boys soccer underclassmen that also contended in 2010-11 …

Brandon Loeffler SR F Butte; Zach Lacasse SR M Great Falls

A dedicated POY team at ESPNHS manages the Gatorade Player of the Year program selection process and oversees all research, reporting, comparative analysis and criteria-compliance on the award program’s behalf.Candidates are judged upon athletic production and impact in the current season. Contenders must also demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Any class year is eligible, senior status has no bearing on a candidate’s merit and selections are made independent of ESPNU's recruit rankings.

To nominate a student-athlete for Player of the Year honors, contact the POY team at poy@risemag.com.