High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Cardinal Newman

South Carolina Boys Soccer POY: Nestor Jaramillo

May, 15, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed this spring'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 19 fellow Gatorade State Spring Boys Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.
For the 30 Gatorade State Fall Boys Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Nestor Jaramillo

THE BASICS

School: Cardinal Newman (Columbia, S.C.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Forward
Height: 5-foot-7
Weight: 145 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Jaramillo scored 34 goals and passed for 18 assists this past season, leading the Cardinals (17-5) to the South Carolina Independent School Association Class 3A state semifinals. A 2011 All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, he was also a 2011 CSCISA Class 3A First Team All-State honoree. Jaramillo concluded his prep soccer career with 103 goals and 56 assists.

Academic excellence: Jaramillo has maintained a 3.38 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally with his school’s Easter and Thanksgiving food drives and as a youth soccer coach and mentor.

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Eye on POY: South Carolina boys soccer

May, 9, 2012
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The window on the Gatorade State Boys 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.

Koty Millard
Junior midfielder, Cardinal Newman (Columbia, S.C.)

2012 Team record: 17-4
2012 Team standing: South Carolina Independent School Association Class 3A state semifinals on Wednesday

2012 Goals: 10
2012 Assists: 15
Career goals: 31
Career assists: 50

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: University of South Carolina (verbal)

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Averaging 1.67 points per game this season. U.S. Soccer Under-18 Men’s National Team member. 2011 SCISA Class 3A Player of the Year. No. 23 ranked recruit in Class of 2013 as rated by ESPNHS.

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