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: Vitor Nazareth
School: Laramie (Wyo.)
Athletic achievement: Nazareth led the Plainsmen to an 11-3-1 record entering the Class 4A state tournament against Rock Springs (Wyo.), scheduled to begin Thursday. He scored 10 goals and passed for 12 assists in the regular season. Nazareth was a First Team All-State selection in 2010 and 2011.
Academic excellence: Nazareth has maintained a B average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics and the Salvation Army.
"His foot skills are phenomenal,” said Grant Seneff, head coach at Campbell County (Gillette, Wyo.). "He understands the game, he distributes the ball well and he can really take over a game."
THE FUTURE: Nazareth has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on scholarship at Laramie County Community College this fall.