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THE WINNER: Erik Martel
School: Bedford (N.H.)
Weight: 156 pounds
Athletic achievement:He scored 17 goals and passed for 11 assists this past season, leading the Bulldogs to the Division 1 state semifinals. An All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, Martel was also a three-time First Team All-State honoree and the Union Leader Player of the Year.
Academic excellence: Martel has maintained a 3.55 GPA.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of youth soccer programs.
“Physically, Martel is a tremendous competitor,” said Jeff Colbert, head coach at Londonderry (N.H.). “He’s technically sound, great speed, good strength on the ball. He’s just an excellent player who is difficult to match up against.”
THE FUTURE: Martel will attend New Hampshire.