High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Phillip Hicks

Louisiana Boys Soccer POY: Phillip Hicks

May, 15, 2012
A dedicated ESPNHS team managed this spring'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 19 fellow Gatorade State Spring Boys Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.
For the 30 Gatorade State Fall Boys Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Phillip Hicks


School: Jesuit (New Orleans, La.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Defender
Height: 6-foot-1


Athletic achievement: Hicks scored nine goals and passed for six assists this past season, leading the Blue Jays (27-1-4) to the Division I state championship and a No. 7 ranking nationally in the ESPNHS Fab 50. He was the state Division I Player of the Year and the Times-Picayune Defensive Player of the Year.

Academic excellence: Hicks has maintained a 3.38 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of Habitat for Humanity and an area homeless shelter.

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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.

Ryan Barcelona
Senior Forward, Parkway High (Bossier City, LA)

2012 Team record: 19-6
2012 Team standing: Lost to New Iberia, 1-0, in second round of postseason

2012 Goals: 36
2012Assists: 13
2012 Points per game: 1.96
Career goals: 96
Career assists: 38

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: LSU

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: First Team All-State; Academic All-State; Second in state in goals scored.

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