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THE WINNER: Mauro Cichero
School: Norman (Okla.) North
Weight: 165 pounds
Athletic achievement: He led the Timberwolves to a 13-4 record and the Class 6A state final this past season. Cichero scored 22 goals and passed for two assists. He is a two-time All-Conference and two-time All-District selection.
Academic excellence: Cichero has maintained a 3.25 GPA.
Exemplary character: A mentor in his school for students learning English as a second language, he has volunteered on behalf of Students Performing Unselfish Deeds, which provides assistance to underprivileged local families.
“Cichero has a great shot and he’s skilled in every area of the game,” said Gordon Drummond, head coach at rival Norman (Okla.). “He has great vision, he’s super in the air, and he’s very composed.”
THE FUTURE: Cichero will be a senior next year.