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THE WINNER: Shane Haley
School: Champlain Valley Union (Hinesburg, Vt.)
Weight: 145 pounds
Athletic achievement: He scored 25 goals and passed for six assists this past season, leading the Redhawks (16-1-1) to the Division 1 state championship. An All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, Haley was also a First Team All-Metro and First Team All-State honoree as both a junior and senior.
Academic excellence: Haley has maintained a B average.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of an area respite house for the terminally ill.
“Haley is very skilled and very fast,” said Phil Jacobs, head coach at Mt. Mansfield (Jericho, Vt.). “He’s tough, smart, opportunistic. He’s someone who is very difficult to stop when he puts his mind to scoring.”
THE FUTURE: Haley has verbally committed to Vermont.