High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Cate School

Gatorade Male Athlete of the Year nominees

July, 9, 2012
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A dozen exceptional student-athletes -- already honored as National Player of the Year in their respective sports -- are contenders for the 10th annual Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year Award. On Tuesday in Los Angeles, one boy and one girl will be named prep sports’ Male and Female Athletes of the Year (ESPN3, 9:40 p.m. EDT), and both will be recognized at the ESPYS the following evening.

And the male nominees are (click here for the female nominees):

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Boateng nets National Player of the Year

May, 17, 2012
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CARPINTERIA, Calif. -- Ema Boateng grew up in a home with no electricity and no running water in Ghana, but his intellect, determination and soccer ability offered him a shot at a better life. The teen hit a pretty big bull's-eye Thursday when he was named the 2011-12 Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year.

Boateng was surprised with the news in his Cate School (Carpinteria, Calif.) environmental science class by one of the most recognizable faces in American soccer, Alexi Lalas, who earned Gatorade Michigan Player of the Year honors in 1987-88.

“I’m very overwhelmed,” said Boateng, a Cate School boarding student who turned 18 in January. “I did not see this coming. I’m looking at the list of names of athletes who’ve won this before and I can’t believe I’m anywhere near this list. I can’t believe I’m on it.”

The 5-foot-6, 165-pound junior midfielder led the Rams to a 20-2-1 record and the CIF-Southern Section Division VII tournament championship this past season. Boateng scored 32 goals, passed for 19 assists and was a repeat selection as the Southern Section Division VII Player of the Year.

“I’m here to welcome him to the Player of the Year family,” said Lalas, 41, a veteran of two FIFA World Cup teams with US Soccer (1994 and ’98), a former Major League Soccer front office executive and now a television analyst for ABC and ESPN. “It was a wonderful moment. It was a genuine surprise. He’s truly a special talent on and off the field.”

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California Boys Soccer POY: Ema Boateng

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: Ema Boateng

THE BASICS

School: Cate School (Carpinteria)
Grade: Junior
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5-foot-6
Weight: 165 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Boateng led the Rams to a 20-2-1 record and the CIF-Southern Section Division VII tournament championship this past season. He scored 32 goals, passed for 19 assists and was a repeat selection as the Southern Section Division VII Player of the Year. A two-time Division VII First Team All-State honoree, Boateng concluded his prep soccer career with 79 goals and 49 assists. Officially a member of the Class of 2013, he has earned enough credits to attend University of California Santa Barbara this fall.

Academic excellence: Boateng has maintained a 3.75 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally as a participant in multiple school-wide community service projects in addition to coordinating and coaching at a summer youth soccer camp.

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Eye on POY: California boys soccer

May, 8, 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.

Ema Boateng
Junior midfielder, Cate School (Carpinteria, Calif.)

2012 Team record: 20-2-1
2012 Team standing: CIF Southern Section Division VII tournament champions

2012 Goals: 32
2012 Assists: 20
Career goals: 79
Career assists: 50

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: University of California-Santa Barbara

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: No. 18 ranked recruit in Class of 2013 as rated by ESPNHS. Two-time CIF Southern Section Division VII Player of the Year. Two-time All-CIF Division VII First Team All-State selection. Graduating in three years.

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