Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Massachusetts Boys Soccer POY: Oliver White
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.
Athletic achievement: White scored 15 goals and passed for six assists this past season, leading the Bulldogs (13-3-1) to the New England Prep School Athletic Council Class A tournament quarterfinals. A two-time Boston Globe All-Scholastic selection, he is a two-time Independent School League Offensive Player of the Year. White concluded his prep soccer career with 41 goals and 16 assists.
Academic excellence: White has maintained a B average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally as a mentor to minority students at Nobles, a youth soccer coach and with sled hockey, a sit-down hockey game for people with disabilities.
“Oliver White has been the primary reason that Nobles has won the league over the past two years,” said Paul Sugg, head coach of Roxbury Latin School (Boston, Mass.). “Without him, they don’t come close to scoring as many goals over the course of both seasons. He is not a selfish scorer who doesn’t contribute in other areas. He works hard, he’s physical and athletic, and he’s a presence at all times.”
THE FUTURE: White will attend Harvard University this fall, where he will play soccer.