High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Brian Runyon

The fall soccer season may have concluded, but the search for Gatorade State Boys Soccer Players of the Year 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.

Tommy Trupo

Senior forward, Charleston Catholic High (Charleston, WV)

2011 Team record: 23-0-2

2011 Team standing: Won Class AA-A state title

2011 Goals: 40

2011 Assists: 17

2011 Points per game: 2.28

Career goals: 102

Career assists: 37

Academics: A average

Collegiate destination: Marshall

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Class AA-A Player of the Year; NSCAA All-American; Three goals and an assist in state title game; Returning Gatorade West Virginia Boys Soccer Player of the Year.

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