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THE WINNER: Andrija Novakovich
School: Muskego (Wis.)
Weight: 175 pounds
Athletic achievement:He scored 41 goals and passed for 13 assists this past season, leading the Warriors (18-5-3) to the sectional final. An All-Region selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, Novakovich was also a First Team All-State and First Team Classic 8 All-Conference honoree.
Academic excellence: Novakovich has maintained 3.85 GPA.
Exemplary character: Also a talented musician, he has volunteered locally on behalf of a food pantry and has served as a math tutor for elementary school students.
“He has a special skill set,” said Ben Voss, head coach at Memorial (Madison, Wis.). “Technically he’s very sound and he can create a shot from anywhere. He’s big, fast, physical, great in the air, and he has great touch.”
THE FUTURE: Novakovich will be a senior next year.