Iowa Girls' Soccer Player of the Year

Updated: August 25, 2008, 5:39 PM ET
ESPNRISE.com

In its third decade of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, Gatorade joined with RISE Magazine to name senior midfielder WHITNEY SHARPE of VALLEY HIGH in West Des Moines as its 2007-08 Iowa Girls' Soccer Player of the Year.

The state's returning Gatorade Girls Soccer Player of the Year scored 13 goals and passed for eight assists, leading the three-time defending Class AA state champion Tigers to a 14-0 record as of May 14. Also the reigning co-Player of the Year as named by the Iowa Soccer Coaches Association, the 5-foot-8 senior midfielder had totaled school career records in both goals (54) and assists (31) at the time of her selection. A three-time First Team All-State selection, Sharpe is a member of the United States Soccer Federation Under-18 Women's National Team.

Sharpe has maintained a 3.74 GPA in the classroom. An active member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, she also participates in multiple community-service initiatives, organizing a dinner for low-income families at Eddie Davis Community Center in West Des Moines, mentoring youth soccer athletes as an instructor at both Westridge Elementary School and the Valley High School Soccer Camp, and leading fundraising efforts on behalf of the Salvation Army and the Juvenile Diabetes Walk.

"What sets her apart is that she's fast, she's athletic and she's got a great commitment to the game," said Corbin Stone, Sharpe's former United States Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program coach. "That has helped her become more proficient technically and tactically. She doesn't like to lose. That's a hard quality to teach."

Sharpe has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer at UCLA this fall.