Each season, Gatorade recognizes one student-athlete from each of the 50 states and Washington, D.C., who embodies its Player of the Year program’s three pillars: athletic production, academic achievement and exemplary character.
Each week during its Gatorade State Player of the Year selection process, USA TODAY surfaces one candidate who meets those criteria and deserves recognition as a serious Gatorade State Player of the Year contender.
Name: Haiden Lane
School: Brenham (Texas)
Sport: Boys Soccer
Athletic Production: The 5-foot-9, 145-pound Lane scored 44 goals and passed for 33 assists this past season, leading the Cubs (24-4-2) to the second round of the Class 4A state tournament.
Lane scored both goals for Brenham in its 3-2 season-ending loss to Waco (Texas) on March 29. A two-time All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, Lane concluded his prep soccer career with 105 goals and a state-record 105 assists.
Academic Achievement: He has maintained an A-minus average and remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.
Exemplary Character: He has volunteered locally with an elementary school student-mentoring program and as a youth soccer coach.