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

Maryland Boys Soccer POY: Andrew Harris

February, 22, 2012
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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: Andrew Harris

THE BASICS

School: Gilman School (Baltimore, Md.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Goalkeeper
Height: 6-foot
Weight: 195 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Harris recorded 15 shutouts and allowed 10 goals this past season, leading the Greyhounds (18-4-1) to the Independent Athletic Association of Maryland Conference A tournament championship game. A two-time All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, he is a two-time First Team All-State honoree and the 2010 Baltimore Sun All-Metro Player of the Year. Harris concluded his prep soccer career with 37 shutouts.

Academic excellence: Harris has maintained a B average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: The vice president of the Gilman senior class and a member of the school’s judiciary committee, he has volunteered locally as part of a fundraising campaign on behalf of breast cancer research and as a youth soccer coach.

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Eye on POY: Maryland boys soccer

February, 15, 2012
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The fall soccer season may have concluded, but the search for Gatorade State Boys Soccer Players of the Year 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.

Andrew Harris
Senior goalkeeper, Gilman School (Baltimore, Md.)

2011 Team record: 18-4-1 (Independent Athletic Association of Maryland Conference A)
2011 Team standing: Lost IAAM Conference A state championship game

2011 Goals allowed (AVG.): 10 (0.43)
2011 Saves (PCT.): 114 (91.9)
2011 Shutouts: 15

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Wake Forest University (verbal)

How he’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Made 10 saves before allowing an overtime goal as Gilman fell to McDonogh, 1-0, in the IAAM Conference A state title match. Two-time NSCAA All-American. 2010 Baltimore Sun All-Metro Player of the Year. No. 33 ranked recruit in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNHS.

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Maryland Football POY: Cyrus Jones

December, 1, 2011
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A dedicated ESPNHS POY team managed the Gatorade State Football Player of the Year selection process, resulting in this winner based on the awards program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character. For his 50 fellow Gatorade State Football Player of the Year winners, click here.

Cyrus Jones
File phot/ESPNHSCyrus Jones has been an all-purpose threat for Gilman's Greyhounds this fall.
THE WINNER: Cyrus Jones

THE BASICS: Anatomy of a POY

School: Gilman School (Baltimore, Md.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Running back/cornerback
Height: 5-foot-10
Weight: 190 pounds

THE PILLARS: Gatorade criteria

Athletic achievement: Jones led the Greyhounds to a 9-1 record and the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship this past season. He rushed for 948 yards and 13 TDs on 109 carries and caught 39 passes for 635 yards and six touchdowns. Jones also intercepted five passes on defense and scored four touchdowns on special teams. A First Team All-State selection, he is ranked the No. 34 senior recruit in the country by ESPNU, and has been selected to play in the 2012 Under Armour All-American Game.

Academic excellence: Jones has maintained a B average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A senior leader in his school’s chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Jones has volunteered locally on behalf of Ronald McDonald House Charities and a program that serves hot meals to the needy.

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POY Potential: Top 5 Md. football recruits

October, 11, 2011
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The Gatorade Player of the Year Program honors athletes who meet comprehensive and exacting criteria in high school sports. 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 ESPNU's recruit rankings.

That being said, the state’s top five football recruits as ranked by ESPNU are sure to enter the 2011-12 Gatorade Football Player of the Year conversation at some point. Here they are …

Stefon Diggs
Tom Hauck/ESPNHSStefon Diggs is Maryland's No. 1 senior recruit.
1. Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, MD) Wide Receiver Stefon Diggs

  • ESPNU 150 rank: 9
  • Height: 6-foot
  • Weight: 185 pounds
  • College: Undecided
  • Testing results: 4.45 40-yard dash; 31.5 vertical jump
  • Traits: Speed, versatility, playmaker
  • ESPNU scouting report: "Diggs is a very impressive, yet raw athlete that doubles as a wide receiver and running back. He possesses very good size, a thick build and some natural strength. He is a glider with quick feet and a physical nature. Will make some spectacular plays in the passing game and on the ground."

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