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Iowa Girls Soccer POY: Rose Ripslinger

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.

For her 27 fellow Gatorade State Spring Girls Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.

For the 22 Gatorade State Fall Girls Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Rose Ripslinger

THE BASICS

School: Assumption (Davenport, Iowa)

Grade: Sophomore

Position: Forward

Height: 5-foot-5

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: The returning Gatorade Iowa Girls Soccer Player of the Year, Ripslinger led the Knights to a 16-0 record entering this week’s regular-season finale against Davenport Central (Davenport, Iowa), scheduled for May 22. She scored 15 goals and passed for 10 assists through 16 games. A member of the U.S. Youth Soccer Region II Olympic Development Program team and the 2012 Quad-City Times Female Athlete of the Year, Ripslinger was a 2011 Class 1A First Team All-State selection and was honorary captain of the 2011 Class 1A All-Tournament Team.

Academic excellence: Ripslinger has maintained a 3.67 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A two-time Class 3A state runner-up in the 400 meter dash as a member of the Assumption High Track and Field Team, she has volunteered locally as part of American Red Cross blood-donation drives and at the Ronald McDonald House in addition to donating her time on behalf of multiple community service initiatives in association with her church youth group.

THE PRAISE

“Rose Ripslinger is such a great offensive player,” said Dion Ayers, head coach of North Scott-Eldridge (Eldridge, Iowa). “She makes all the players around her better. She has tremendous speed and does a great job moving without the ball. She makes any team change its tactics on how to play her and Assumption.”

THE FUTURE: Ripslinger will begin her junior year of high school this fall.