THE WINNER: Mueng Sunday
School: Iowa City (Iowa) West
Position: Defensive midfielder
Weight: 170 pounds
Athletic achievement: He the Trojans to a 12-1 record entering this week’s regular-season game against Jefferson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), scheduled for May 13. Sunday scored two goals and passed for six assists and led a defense that had allowed only four goals during the team’s first 13 games — just one in the past nine. A 2012 Class 3A First Team All-State selection, he has helped lead Iowa City West to back-to-back Class 3A state championships.
Academic excellence: Sunday has maintained a 3.97 GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society, he has volunteered locally as a youth soccer coach.
“Mueng Sunday has the most influence on the game of anyone,” said Steve Robertson, head coach of Kennedy (Cedar Rapids, Iowa). “Not many times in your pre-game talk to your team do you talk about having to stop a defensive midfielder, but that is what he can do if you don’t account for him.”
THE FUTURE: Sunday has signed with Drake University.