High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Assumption

Iowa Girls Soccer POY: Rose Ripslinger

May, 23, 2012
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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.

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Eye on POY: Iowa girls soccer

May, 17, 2012
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The window on the Gatorade State Girls Soccer Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Rose Ripslinger
Sophomore forward, Assumption (Davenport, Iowa)

2012 Team record: 15-0 (Class 1A)
2012 Team standing: Regular season ends on May 22

2012 Goals: 12
2012 Assists: 10
Career goals: 41
Career assists: 19

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2010-11 Gatorade Iowa Girls Soccer Player of the Year. Averaging 2.0 points per game this season. 2011 Class 1A state champion. 2011 Class 1A First Team All-State selection.

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Return of the POY: Iowa's Rose Ripslinger

May, 2, 2012
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The Gatorade State Girls Soccer Players of the Year spring selection process is in full swing, 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: Rose Ripslinger
School: Assumption (Davenport, Iowa)

Grade: Sophomore
Position: Forward

2011 Goals: 29
2011 Assists: 9

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Iowa Girls Soccer Player of the Year. 1995 Region II Olympic Development Program Team member. Led the Knights to the 2011 Class 1A state championship. Set her school's single-season goals record as a freshman.

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Kentucky Volleyball POY: Katie George

December, 14, 2011
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in this winner based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For her 49 fellow Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year winners, click here.

Gatorade POY: Katie George
PrepVolleyball.comKatie George earned MVP honors at the Durango Fall Classic.
THE WINNER: Katie George

THE BASICS

School: Assumption (Louisville, Ky.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Setter/outside hitter
Height: 5-foot-10

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: George led the Rockets to a 43-1 record, the state title and a No. 3 national ranking in the ESPNHS Fab 50 this past season. She recorded 683 assists, 197 digs, 114 kills and 75 service aces, and was selected as a 2011-12 Under Armour Second Team All-American. George was also voted Miss Kentucky Volleyball and was named MVP of the Durango Fall Classic.

Academic excellence: George has maintained a 4.0 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: President of her school’s senior class, George has volunteered locally assisting the elderly at a retirement community and aiding the physically challenged at an adult care center.

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Eye on POY: Kentucky volleyball

December, 3, 2011
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The window on the Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year race is closing, and time is running out for student-athletes to state their POY case. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Katie George
Senior Setter/Outside Hitter, Assumption High (Louisville, KY)

2011 Team record: 43-1
2011 Team standing: Won state title, 25-13, 25-18, over Greenwood

2011 Kills: 114
2011 Blocks: 18
2011 Digs: 197
2011 Aces: 75
2011 Assists: 683

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Louisville (letter of intent)

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Team ranked No. 3 by PrepVolleyball.com; Kentucky Miss Volleyball; First Team All-State; State Tournament MVP.

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POY Potential: Top KY volleyball recruits

October, 20, 2011
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The Gatorade Player of the Year Program honors athletes who meet comprehensive and exacting criteria in high school sports. Candidates are judged on athletic production and impact in the current season. Contenders also must demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Senior status has no bearing on a candidate’s merit and selections are made independent of PrepVolleyball.com's Senior Aces rankings.

That being said, the state’s top recruits as ranked by PrepVolleyball.com are sure to enter the 2011-12 Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year conversation at some point. Here they are …

1. Assumption High (Louisville, KY) Setter Katie George

  • PrepVolleyball Senior Aces rank: 81
  • Height: 5-foot-10
  • Club: KiVa
  • College: Louisville (verbal)
  • John Tawa, publisher of PrepVolleyball.com: "Coaches often talk about having a player who is a coach on the court. George is that player. Ultra competitive and tough as nails, George is an intense and exciting player to watch. As a high school player, she has taken the court as a setter, outside hitter, middle blocker and libero. She will offer that same kind of versatility to Louisville, where she has committed. Recruited to be a setter, George has made a wonderful conversion to the position in the three years since first giving it a try. Not only is she accurate and consistent, she understands the game, and makes decisions based on that knowledge.

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