High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Tim Baker

Tennessee Boys Soccer POY: Tim Baker

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: Tim Baker

THE BASICS

School: Knoxville Catholic (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5-foot-8
Weight: 135 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Baker scored 29 goals and passed for 16 assists this past season, leading the Irish (15-2-3) to the District 4-AAA Tournament semifinals. A First Team All-State selection by both the Tennessee High School Soccer Coaches Association and the Tennessee Sports Writers Association, he concluded his prep soccer career with 65 goals and 49 assists.

Academic excellence: Baker has maintained a 3.78 weighted GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally as a youth soccer coach and as part of multiple community service initiatives in association with his school.

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Eye on POY: Tennessee boys soccer

May, 9, 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.

Tim Baker
Senior midfielder, Knoxville Catholic (Knoxville, Tenn.)

2012 Team record: 15-1-3
2012 Team standing: District 4-AAA tournament semifinals on Wednesday

2012 Goals: 29
2012 Assists: 16
Career goals: 65
Career assists: 49

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Lee University

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Averaging 2.37 points per game this season. 2011 Class AAA First Team All-State selection as named by the Tennessee High School Soccer Coaches Association and Tennessee Sports Writers Association Class AAA First Team All-State selection. 2011 District 4-AAA Midfielder of the Year.

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