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THE WINNER: Hunter Dann
School: Salesianum School (Wilmington, Del.)
Weight: 170 pounds
Athletic achievement: Dann led the Sallies to a 17-1 record and the state championship this past season. Dann scored nine goals, passed for six assists and anchored a defense that allowed just four goals, none of which were recorded during Salesianum’s four-game postseason run to the title. An All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, he was the 2012 Delaware Soccer Coaches Association Player of the Year.
Academic excellence: Dann has maintained a 3.80 GPA.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally at a food bank and with the Salesianum Blue-Gold Club, which raises money for the Delaware Foundation Reaching Citizens with Cognitive DisABILITIES.
“Hunter did so many things for his team this season,” said Bob Bussiere, head coach of Archmere Academy (Claymont, Del.). “Although he was a central defender, he played like a central midfielder. He was a rock as a defender and was a dangerous player going forward.”
THE FUTURE: Dann remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.