High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Valor Christian

Colorado Girls Soccer POY: Janine Beckie

May, 23, 2012
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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: Janine Beckie

THE BASICS

School: Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Forward/midfielder
Height: 5-foot-8

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Beckie scored 24 goals and passed for 17 assists this past season, leading the Eagles (11-5-3) to the Class 4A state semifinals. A member of the U.S. Soccer Under-18 Women’s National Team and a 2011 Class 4A First Team All-State selection, she concluded her prep soccer career with 63 goals and 35 assists.

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

Exemplary character: A member of the Valor Student Athletic Leadership Council, she has volunteered locally as a youth soccer coach and on behalf of World Vision, a charity which sponsors children in Africa.

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Eye on POY: Colorado girls soccer

May, 17, 2012
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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.

Janine Beckie
Senior forward/midfielder, Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)

2012 Team record: 11-4-3
2012 Team standing: Class 4A state semifinals vs. Air Academy on Saturday

2012 Goals: 23
2012 Assists: 17
Career goals: 62
Career assists: 35

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Texas Tech

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Averaging 2.5 points per game through 17 games this season. U.S. Soccer Under-18 Women’s National Team member. Amassed four goals and three assists in her first two playoff games. No. 123 ranked recruit in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNHS.

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Eye on POY: Colorado football

November, 10, 2011
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The window on the Gatorade State Football Player of the Year race is closing, and time is running out for student-athletes to state their POY case. 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.

Sean Rubalcaba
Senior quarterback, Grand Junction (Colo.)

2011 Team record: 10-0
2011 Team standing: Class 5A second round vs. Chaparral on Friday

2011 COMP-ATT (%)-YDs: 62-108 (57.4)-1,098
2011 TDs-INTs: 15-6
2011 Carries-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 97-1,063 (11.0)-9

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Over 1,000 yards both rushing and passing through 10 games. Grand Junction one of two unbeaten Class 5A teams. In 2010, ran and passed for combined 30 touchdowns.

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