High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Mililani

Eye on POY: Hawaii 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.

Leo Klink
Junior forward, Kalani (Honolulu, Hawaii)

2012 Team record: 15-2
2012 Team standing: Lost Division I state championship match

2012 Goals: 25
2012 Assists: 5
Career goals: 39

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation:Averaged 1.76 points per game this season. 2012 Honolulu Advertiser Player of the Year. 2012 Oahu Interscholastic Association East Player of the Year. 2012 First Team Division I All-State Tournament selection.

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POY Potential: Hawaii All-Tournament teams

November, 7, 2011
Gatorade Player of the Year 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 ESPNHS recruit rankings. That being said, success in the postseason will have a bearing on the selection process. Hawaii has already completed its state tournament, so our winner could be lurking among the All-State Tournament selections.

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