Alaska Football POY: Ethan Falaniko

Alaska Football POY: Ethan Falaniko

Gatorade State Player of the Year

Alaska Football POY: Ethan Falaniko


The Gatorade State Football Players of the Year were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2015-16 season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.

For the list of the other 2015-16 Gatorade State Football POY’s, click here.

THE WINNER: Ethan Falaniko


School: Bartlett (Anchorage, Alaska)
Grade: Senior
Position: Running back and linebacker
Height: 5-foot-11
Weight: 220 pounds

Athletic achievement: He rushed for 2,053 yards on 207 carries and 33 touchdowns this past season, leading the Golden Bears (6-3) to the Large School quarterfinals. A two-time First Team All-State selection, he set a single-game school record on Sept. 19 when he scampered for 351 yards in a 50-31 win over Nikiski.

Academic excellence: Falaniko has maintained an A-minus average.

Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society, a student government representative and a devoted parishioner of his church community, he is a talented vocalist in his school’s swing choir ensemble.


“Not only is Ethan Falaniko an incredible player, he is also an excellent student and one of the best kids I have ever met,” said Roger Spackman, head coach at Chugiak High. “He is the most complete and impressive student athlete I can remember for many years in our state.”

THE FUTURE: Falaniko remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.


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