High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Leo Klink

Hawaii Boys Soccer POY: Leo Klink

May, 15, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed this spring's Gatorade Boys Soccer Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 19 fellow Gatorade State Spring Boys Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.
For the 30 Gatorade State Fall Boys Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Leo Klink

THE BASICS

School: Kalani (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Grade: Junior
Position: Forward
Height: 5-foot-10
Weight: 150 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Klink scored 25 goals and passed for five assists this past season, leading the Falcons (15-2) to a runner-up finish in the Division I state tournament. The 2012 Honolulu Advertiser Player of the Year and the Oahu Interscholastic Association East Player of the Year, he was a 2012 First Team Division I All-State Tournament selection. Klink concluded his junior year with 39 career goals.

Academic excellence: Klink has maintained a B average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of the Honolulu Marathon and as part of fundraising campaigns to benefit the March of Dimes and victims of the 2011 earthquake in Japan.

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Eye on POY: Hawaii boys soccer

May, 9, 2012
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The window on the Gatorade State Boys Soccer Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Leo Klink
Junior forward, Kalani (Honolulu, Hawaii)

2012 Team record: 15-2
2012 Team standing: Lost Division I state championship match

2012 Goals: 25
2012 Assists: 5
Career goals: 39

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation:Averaged 1.76 points per game this season. 2012 Honolulu Advertiser Player of the Year. 2012 Oahu Interscholastic Association East Player of the Year. 2012 First Team Division I All-State Tournament selection.

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