High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Interlake

Washington Girls Soccer POY: Isabel Farrell

February, 9, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed this past fall's Gatorade State Girls 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 her 21 fellow Gatorade State Fall Girls Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Isabel Farrell

THE BASICS

School: Interlake (Bellevue, Wash.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5-foot-5

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Farrell led the Saints to a 17-3-1 record and the Class 2A state championship this past season. In her only season of high school soccer, she scored nine goals and passed for 14 assists, including an assist on the lone goal in Interlake’s 1-0 win over Cedarcrest High in the state final. A member of the U.S. Soccer Under-18 Women’s National Team and a two-time Youth All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America for club play, Farrell was named the Washington State Soccer Coaches Association Class 2A State MVP.

Academic excellence: Farrell has maintained a 3.57 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of the Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club, the International District/Chinatown Community Center and as a youth soccer coach.

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The fall soccer season may have concluded, but the search for Gatorade State Girls 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.

Becca Schoales
Junior midfielder/forward, South Kitsap (Wash.)

2011 Team record: 12-4-2 (Class 4A)
2011 Team standing: Lost Class 4A state quarterfinals

2011 Goals: 13
2011 Assists: 6
2011 Points per game: 1.12
Career goals: 41
Career assists: 17

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: University of Washington

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Had a direct hand in 19 of South Kitsap’s 54 goals (35.2 percent). Scored a goal in the Wolves’ 2-0 win over Lake Stevens (Wash.) in the first round of the Class 4A state tournament. 2011 U.S. Soccer Under-17 Women’s National team member. No. 43 ranked recruit in Class of 2013 as rated by ESPNHS.

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Eye on POY: Washington football

November, 11, 2011
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The window on the Gatorade State Football 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.

Max Browne
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Max Browne
Junior quarterback, Skyline High (Sammamish, Wash.)

2011 Team record: 7-3
2011 Team standing: Class 4A first round vs. Mead on Saturday

2011 COMP-ATT (%)-YDs: 238-317 (75.1)-3,056
2011 TDs-INTs: 29-5
2011 Carries-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 20-154 (7.7)-0

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: HS Junior

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2010 First Team All-State selection. 2010 First Team All-Conference selection. Led team to 2010 state championship game. Threw for more than 4,200 yards and 50 TDs as a sophomore in 2010.

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