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.
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THE WINNER: Taylor Fankhauser
School: Brighton (Cottonwood Heights, Utah)
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.
“He’s very aggressive and he controls the ball for that team,” said Daniel Luna, head coach at West Jordan (Utah). “He’s got the vision of the game. He can see what they need to score, and he gets it done.”
THE FUTURE: Fankhauser will attend Brigham Young University this fall, where he will play soccer.