High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Ryan Walker-Hartshorn

California Girls Soccer POY: Ryan Walker-Hartshorn

May, 23, 2012
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.

For her 27 fellow Gatorade State Spring Girls Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.
For the 22 Gatorade State Fall Girls Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Ryan Walker-Hartshorn


School: Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland, Calif.)
Grade: Junior
Position: Forward
Height: 5-foot-11


Athletic achievement: Walker-Hartshorn led the Dragons to a 21-3-2 record and the CIF-North Central Section Division II tournament championship this past season. She scored 22 goals and passed for 14 assists, including six goals and three assists in Bishop O’Dowd’s four-game postseason run. A member of the U.S. Soccer Under-18 Women’s National Team, for which she plays outside back, Walker-Hartshorn was the 2012 All-East Bay Girls Soccer Player of the Year. She concluded her junior year with 61 goals and 29 assists in her prep career.

Academic excellence: Walker-Hartshorn has maintained a 3.35 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally as a youth mentor and tutor, at a homeless shelter and at a child care center.

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Eye on POY: California girls soccer

May, 17, 2012
The window on the Gatorade State Girls 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.

Maya Theuer
Senior defender, The Bishop’s School (La Jolla, Calif.)

2012 Team record: 9-4-2
2012 Team standing: Lost in San Diego Section Division IV tournament second round

2012 Goals: 5
2012 Assists: 1
Career goals: 9
Career assists: 3

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: Stanford University

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Averaged 0.4 points per game this season. No. 16 ranked recruit in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNHS. U.S. Soccer Under-18 Women’s National Team member. 2012 Coastal League Player of the Year.

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