A dedicated ESPNHS team managed this spring's Gatorade Girls Soccer Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2012 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.
THE WINNER: Madi Lewis
School: Plymouth (Canton, Mich.)
Athletic achievement: Lewis led the Wildcats to a 12-2-3 record entering this week’s regular-season contest against Waterford Mott (Waterford Township, Mich.), scheduled for May Wednesday. She scored 21 goals and passed for 23 assists through 17 games, including seven multi-goal performances in her first year of playing high school soccer. A member of the U.S. Soccer Under-17 Women’s National Team, Lewis is the No. 17-rated recruit in the Class of 2013 by ESPNHS.
Academic excellence: Lewis has maintained a 3.83 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A member of the Washtenaw County 4-H Club, she has volunteered locally with the Michigan Humane Society and as a peer English tutor.
“Madi Lewis is the best player I have seen this year,” said Dave Hebestreit, head coach of rival Churchill (Livonia, Mich.). “Our entire game-plan was to eliminate service into her, knowing if we did that the rest of the team would not hurt us as much as she could.”
THE FUTURE: Lewis has verbally committed to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at the University of Michigan beginning in the fall of 2013.