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THE WINNER: Eddie Sanchez
School: Canby (Ore.)
Weight: 155 pounds
Athletic achievement:He scored 14 goals and passed for four assists this past season, leading the Cougars (4-9-2) to the Class 6A state tournament. A Class 6A First Team All-State selection and the Three Rivers League co-MVP, Sanchez is a four-time First Team All-Three Rivers League honoree. He concluded his prep soccer career with 45 goals and 16 assists.
Academic excellence: Sanchez has maintained a B average.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally as a youth soccer coach and mentor.
“You name it, Eddie can do it,” said Chuck Bechtol, Sanchez’s club coach with FC Portland. “He’s athletic, strong and has very good skills. He’s got that little bit of nasty in him.”
THE FUTURE: Sanchez will attend Portland.