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THE WINNER: Cristian Roldan
School: El Rancho (Pico Rivera, Calif.)
Weight: 165 pounds
Athletic achievement: He led the Dons to a 29-2-1 record and the CIF-Southern Section Division III tournament championship, as well as the Southern California Region Division I championship, this past season. Roldan scored 54 goals and passed for 31 assists and was named the Southern Section Division III Player of the Year. Roldan concluded his prep career with 94 goals and 71 assists despite missing all but two games of his freshman year with an arm injury. He also earned Southern Section Player of the Year honors as a sophomore in 2011 when he led El Rancho to the first of two sectional titles in a three-year span. The Dons are 78-6-3 since 2010.
Academic excellence: Also a three-year varsity volleyball starter, Roldan has maintained a 3.39 GPA.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally as an American Youth Soccer Organization coach and as part of El Rancho’s Blue Pride service project for which students coordinate and execute annual refurbishment and beautification initiatives on campus. A member of the California Scholarship Federation for maintaining a B+ average and serving as a peer mentor, Roldan is a four-year participant in the Dons College Bound Athletes committee, which serves as a guidance and support group for aspiring college athletes in addition to assisting with school athletic department activities.
“Cristian Roldan is certainly one of the most talented players I have encountered on the high-school level during my 20-year coaching career,” said Mark Johnson, head coach of Salesian (Los Angeles, Calif.). “Cristian has exceptional field vision, creativity, speed, technique and finishing skill. He truly is a classic center midfielder.”
THE FUTURE: Roldan has signed with Washington.