High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Springdale

Arkansas Boys Soccer POY: Nelson Landaverde

May, 15, 2012
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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: Nelson Landaverde

THE BASICS

School: Springdale (Ark.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5-foot-8
Weight: 150 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Landaverde has led the Bulldogs to an 18-1 record and a berth in the Class 7A state final against Catholic (Little Rock, Ark.), scheduled for Friday. He scored six goals and passed for 13 assists through 19 games. The 7A West Conference Most Valuable Player, Landaverde is a two-time Class 7A First Team All-State selection and a four-year starter.

Academic excellence: Landaverde has maintained a B average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally as part of a fundraising campaign to benefit ALS research and has served as a youth soccer coach and mentor.

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Eye on POY: Arkansas boys soccer

May, 8, 2012
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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.

Nelson Landaverde
Senior midfielder, Springdale (Ark.)

2012 Team record: 17-1
2012 Team standing: Class 7A state tournament begins on Thursday

2012 Goals: 6
2012 Assists: 13
Career goals: 23
Career assists: 25

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Two-time Class 7A First Team All-State selection. 2011 Class 7A All-State Tournament Team selection. Four-year starter.

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