High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Ruben Duran

Nevada Boys Soccer POY: Ruben Duran

February, 22, 2012
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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: Ruben Duran

THE BASICS

School: Eldorado (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5-foot-10

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Duran scored 30 goals and passed for 23 assists this past season, leading the Sun Devils (17-1-1) to the Class 4A state semifinals. The 2011 Las Vegas Review Journal Boys Soccer Player of the Year, he was also the 2011 Northeast League MVP. Duran spent his junior year with the U.S. Soccer Under-17 Men’s National Team Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla., and concluded his prep soccer career with 42 goals and 31 assists.

Academic excellence: Duran has maintained a weighted 4.25 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally as a youth soccer coach and on behalf of his church in addition to serving as a charitable fundraiser to help send fellow soccer players to camps and clinics.

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Eye on POY: Nevada boys soccer

February, 15, 2012
2/15/12
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The fall soccer season may have concluded, but the search for Gatorade State Boys Soccer Players of the Year 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.

Mike Tonetti
Senior forward, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.)

2011 Team record: 18-2-1 (Class 4A)
2011 Team standing: Lost Sunset Region semifinals

2011 Goals: 23
2011 Assists: 12
2011 Points per game: 1.84
Career goals: 42
Career assists: 25

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Occidental College

How he’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Recorded a goal and assist in two Sunset Region tournament games. Netted one hat trick and six two-goal games. Scored a point in all but two games. Had a direct hand in 35 of his team's 99 goals (35.4 percent). 2011 First Team All-State selection. 2011 Las Vegas Review First Team selection.

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