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: Bryson Pavel
School: Boise (Idaho)
Weight: 165 pounds
Athletic achievement: Pavel led the Broncos to a 19-1 record and the Class 5A state championship this past season. He scored 10 goals and passed for six assists from his central defender position, leading a unit that allowed only 13 goals all season and posted 13 shutouts. A Class 5A First Team All-State selection, Pavel had two goals and an assist in Boise’s 3-0 win over Post Falls High in the state semifinals.
Academic excellence: Pavel has maintained a 3.50 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally with a community-beautification project, as a youth soccer coach and on behalf of the U.S. Youth Soccer TOPSoccer program serving young athletes with disabilities.
“Many players in our game excel in a particular position, they just fit an area, but Bryson Pavel is a true exception,” said Matt Billings, head coach of Timberline (Boise, Idaho). “He’s equally adept with either foot and equipped athletically for any facet of the game. He can play anywhere on the pitch.”
THE FUTURE: Pavel has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at Seattle Pacific University this fall.