High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Gabe Garbin

Nebraska Boys Soccer POY: Gabe Garbin

May, 15, 2012
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: Gabe Garbin


School: Lincoln East (Lincoln, Neb.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Defender/midfielder
Height: 5-foot-10
Weight: 165 pounds


Athletic achievement: Garbin scored 14 goals and passed for seven assists this past season, leading the Spartans (12-6) to the District A-7 Tournament championship game. A 2011 First Team All-State selection as a defender, he has been a member of the U.S. Youth Soccer Region II Olympic Development Program. Garbin concluded his prep soccer career with 16 goals and 12 assists.

Academic excellence: Garbin has maintained a 3.67 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally as a youth coach and as part of multiple community service initiatives in association with the Salvation Army.

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Eye on POY: Nebraska boys soccer

May, 9, 2012
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.

Gabe Garbin
Senior defender/midfielder, Lincoln East (Lincoln, Neb.)

2012 Team record: 12-6 (Class A)
2012 Team standing: Lost District A-7 tournament championship game

2012 Goals: 14
2012 Assists: 7
Career goals: 16
Career assists: 12

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: Creighton University

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Averaged 1.17 points per game this season. 2011 First Team All-State selection. 2011 Lincoln Journal Star Super State selection. Region II Olympic Development Program team member.

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