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THE WINNER: Mauro Cichero
School: Norman (Okla.) North
Weight: 165 pounds
Athletic achievement: He has led the Timberwolves to a 15-0 record and a berth in the Class 6A semifinals against Broken Arrow, scheduled for May 13. The state’s returning Gatorade Boys Soccer Player of the Year, Cichero scored 16 goals and passed for 10 assists through 15 games. The Oklahoman Player of the Year as a junior, he is a three-time All-Conference and three-time All-District selection.
Academic excellence: Cichero has maintained a 3.26 GPA.
Exemplary character: A mentor for students learning English as a second language, he has volunteered on behalf of Students Performing Unselfish Deeds, which sponsors underprivileged local families.
“Cichero possesses vision and an ability to read the game that makes him stand out from other players his age,” said Gordon Drummond, head coach at rival Norman. “He’s a complete soccer player.”
THE FUTURE: Cichero has signed with Southern Methodist University.