A dedicated ESPNHS team managed this past fall'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 29 fellow Gatorade State Fall Boys Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.
THE WINNER: Derek Schrick
School: Rockhurst (Kansas City, Mo.)
Weight: 170 pounds
Athletic achievement: Schrick scored 10 goals and passed for 24 assists this past season, leading the Hawklets (22-4-1) to the Class 3, District 13 championship match. An All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, he was the Missouri Soccer Coaches Association Class 3 Player of the Year and the Kansas City Star High School Player of the Year. Schrick concluded his prep soccer career with 45 goals and 67 assists.
Academic excellence: Schrick has maintained a 3.08 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A member of the Rockhurst Honors Choir, he has volunteered locally as a youth mentor to special-needs students, at a local hospice and as a youth soccer coach.
“Derek Schrick was very clearly the best player on the field,” said Dustin Sollars, head coach of Park Hill (Kansas City, Mo.). “He has a remarkable touch and runs everything in the middle of the field. He is the first outlet from the back line and he dictates the offense like a point guard might on a basketball court.”
THE FUTURE: Schrick has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at Southern Methodist University this fall.