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Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Vermont Boys Soccer POY: Jack Shea

By Ben Rohrbach

A dedicated ESPNHS team managed this past fall'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.

For his 29 fellow Gatorade State Fall Boys Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Jack Shea

THE BASICS

School: U-32 (Montpelier, Vt.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Midfielder
Height: 6-foot-2

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Shea scored 13 goals and passed for nine assists this past season, leading the Raiders to the Division 2 state championship game. An All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, he was also the Times Argus Player of the Year and a First Team All-State honoree.

Academic excellence: Shea has maintained an A-minus average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally as a mentor for elementary school students in the community.

THE PRAISE

“You can’t usually find a kid who plays as hard as Shea does for as long as he does,” said Jason Miles, head coach of rival Montpelier (Vt.). “He’s really relentless, with a great motor. He’s also very skilled, he plays both ends and he’s great in transition.”

THE FUTURE: Shea has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on scholarship at the University of Vermont this fall.