High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Taylor Fankhauser

Utah Boys Soccer POY: Taylor Fankhauser

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.
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THE WINNER: Taylor Fankhauser

THE BASICS

School: Brighton (Cottonwood Heights, Utah)
Grade: Senior
Position: Forward/midfielder
Height: 5-foot-7

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Fankhauser led the Bengals to a 13-1 record entering the Class 5A state playoffs against Layton, scheduled to begin Tuesday. He scored nine goals and passed for 13 assists in the regular season. Fankhauser was a First Team All-Region honoree in 2011 and a Second Team All-State selection by the Salt Lake Tribune.

Academic excellence: Fankhauser has maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A peer tutor in his school, Fankhauser has volunteered locally on behalf of the Salvation Army and an area food bank. He’s also completed an Eagle Scout project that provided Christmas gifts for the underprivileged children of migrant workers.

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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.

Taylor Fankhauser
Senior Forward/Midfielder, Brighton High (Cottonwood Heights, UT)

2012 Team record: 13-1
2012 Team standing: Top-ranked team in Class 5A

2012 Goals: 8
2012 Assists: 14
2012 Points per game: 1.57
Career goals: 16
Career assists: 31

Academics: A-plus average
Collegiate destination: BYU

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Salt Lake Tribune Second Team All-State in 2011; First Team All-Region; Team ranked No. 48 in ESPNHS Fab 50.

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