High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Lincoln Southeast

Eye on POY: Nebraska girls soccer

May, 18, 2012
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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.

Paige Nielsen
Senior forward/midfielder, Southeast (Lincoln, Neb.)

2012 Team record: 18-2
2012 Team standing: Lost Class A state championship game

2012 Goals: 38
2012 Assists: 11
Career goals: 79
Career assists: 36

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: University of North Carolina

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Averaged 2.5 points per game this season. 2011 Lincoln Journal Star First Team Super State selection. Two-time Class A First Team All-State honoree. No. 116 ranked recruit in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNHS.

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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.

Brianna Craig
Senior Guard, Lincoln Northeast High (Lincoln, NE)

2011-12 Team record: 18-6
2011-12 Team standing: Lost to Papillion-La Vista South in state quarterfinals

2011-12 Points per game: 18.6
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 8.2
2011-12 Assists per game: 1.7
2011-12 Steals per game: 2.5

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Kansas State

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: First Team Super State; Third Team All-Nebraska; Second leading scorer in Class A.

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POY Potential: Top 5 Neb. football recruits

October, 3, 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 …

Jake Schany
ESPNHSJake Schany is Nebraska's No. 1 senior recruit.
1. Blair High (Neb.) outside linebacker Jake Schany

  • ESPNU position rank: No. 75 OLB
  • Height: 6-foot-2
  • Weight: 215 pounds
  • College: Undecided
  • Testing results: 4.87 40-yard dash; 33.5 vertical jump
  • Traits: diagnosing skills, inside run support, outside run support, tackling
  • ESPNU scouting report: "Schany shows good toughness and production when playing against the run; flashes the playing speed to make plays from sideline to sideline. Possesses the size, athleticism and playing strength for the outside linebacker position at the major level of competition."

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