High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Dimond

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.

Aaliyah Lewis
Junior Forward, A.J. Dimond High (Anchorage, AK)

2012 Team record: 13-1-1
2012 Team standing: Plays Bartlett in regional tournament, May 17

2012 Goals: 17
2012 Assists: 3
2012 Points per game: 1.67

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: HS Junior

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: All-Region Selection; First Team All-Conference; Two-year varsity captain.

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Alaska Boys Soccer POY: Michael Sedor

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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: Michael Sedor

THE BASICS

School: A.J. Dimond (Anchorage, Alaska)
Grade: Senior
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5-foot-8

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Sedor has led the Lynx to a 13-1 record entering the regional playoffs against Bartlett (Anchorage, Alaska), scheduled for Thursday. He scored 10 goals and passed for seven assists in the regular season. Sedor was a Second Team All-Cook Inlet Conference selection and a member of the All-State Tournament Team in 2011.

Academic excellence: Sedor has maintained a 4.14 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of his school’s swing choir, he has served in student government and has participated in recycling and environmental awareness initiatives with Dimond’s Green Effects club.

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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.

Jackson Lehnhart
Junior Forward/Midfielder, Juneau-Douglas High (Juneau, AK)

2012 Team record: 13-2-2
2012 Team standing: Next regular season game vs. Ketchikan, May 11

2012 Goals: 17
2012 Assists: 8
2012 Points per game: 1.47
Career goals: 25
Career assists: 20

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: HS Junior

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: MVP of 2011 state title game; Crimson Bears' leading scorer; Won back-to-back state titles.

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The window on the Gatorade State Boys Basketball 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.

Connor Devine
Senior Center, Wasilla High (Wasilla, AK)

2011-12 Team record: 21-3
2011-12 Team standing: Plays Lathrop in state quarterfinals, 3/15

2011-12 Points per game: 20.2
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 14.5
2011-12 Assists per game: 1.2
2011-12 Blocks per game: 8.1
2011-12 Steals per game: 1.1

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: South Dakota State

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Northern Lights Conference MVP; First Team All-State; 8 triple-doubles.

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The window on the Gatorade State Girls Basketball 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.

Sierra Afoa
Junior Forward, A.J. Dimond High (Anchorage, AK)

2011-12 Team record: 22-0
2011-12 Team standing: Plays in Cook Inlet Conference semifinals, 3/2

2011-12 Points per game: 13.2
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 9.6
2011-12 Assists per game: 1.4
2011-12 Steals per game: 2.8

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: HS Junior

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Second Team All-State; Dimond Lady Lynx Tournament MVP; Top-ranked team in Alaska.

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Eye on POY: Alaska volleyball

December, 1, 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 ...

Morgan Hooe -- Junior setter, South Anchorage (AK) Wolverines

2011 KILLS: 62
2011 BLOCKS: 30
2011 DIGS: 98
2011 ACES: 25
2011 ASSISTS: 521

2011 Team record: 26-3
2011 Team standing: Won Class 4A state title

Collegiate destination: Boise State (verbally committed)

Additional considerations: 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State selection; 2010 and 2011 All-Tournament Team; 2011 Chugiak Invitational All-Tournament Team

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POY Potential: Alaska All-Tournament teams

November, 7, 2011
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Gatorade Player of the Year 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 ESPNHS recruit rankings. That being said, the state’s returning Class 3A and 4A All-Tournament selections are sure to enter the 2011-12 Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year conversation at some point.
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