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THE WINNER: Jeff Medina
School: Brentwood (N.Y.)
Weight: 165 pounds
Athletic achievement:He led the Indians (22-1) to the Class AA state final this past season. An All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, Medina sparked a defense that allowed just eight goals and notched 18 shutouts. He is a two-time All-State honoree and was also chosen as the Long Island Player of the Year.
Academic excellence: Medina has maintained a B-plus average.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of hurricane relief efforts and youth soccer programs.
“Medina has all the good things you’d want in a player,” said Matt Stallone, head coach at Sachem East (Farmingville, N.Y.). “He’s a physical presence in the back and he has a great ability to read the game.”
THE FUTURE: Medina will attend Stony Brook.