The Gatorade State Fall Boys Soccer Players of the Year were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2015-16 fall season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.
For the complete list of Gatorade State Fall Boys Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.
THE WINNER: Anthony Bowie
School: Forest Hills Central (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
Weight: 165 pounds
Athletic achievement: He led the Rangers to a 23-0-3 record and the Division I state championship this past season. Bowie scored 42 goals and passed for 26 assists, including a goal and an assist in the state final. The Michigan Soccer Coaches Association’s Mr. Soccer winner, he was an All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America after missing his entire junior year with an ankle injury.
Academic excellence: Bowie has maintained a 3.93 GPA.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of area beautification projects and as an academic tutor. He has also donated his time as a youth soccer coach and referee.
“Anthony has the best vision in the high school game I have ever seen,” said Gene Pulice, head coach of Detroit Catholic Central High. “He is continuously scanning the field, and he knows where his teammates are and where the ball needs to be. Seeing the field and then being able to get the ball there is a great quality that makes for a dangerous opponent.”
THE FUTURE: Bowie has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at Western Michigan University beginning this fall.