In its 28th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Jacob Weiler of Fargo South High School as its 2012-13 Gatorade North Dakota Boys Soccer Player of the Year. Weiler is the fourth Gatorade North Dakota Boys Soccer Player of the Year to be chosen from Fargo South High School.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Weiler as North Dakota’s best high school boys soccer player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year award to be announced in May, Weiler joins an elite alumni association of past state award-winners in 12 sports, including Abby Wambach (1997-98, Our Lady of Mercy, N.Y.), Derek Jeter (1991-92, Kalamazoo HS, Mich.), Candace Parker (2001-02, Naperville Central HS, Ill.), Alexi Lalas (1987-88, Cranbrook HS, Mich.), Heather O’Reilly (2001-02, East Brunswick HS, N.J.) and Mark Sanchez (2004-05, Mission Viejo HS, Calif.).
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound senior midfielder scored 16 goals and passed for 23 assists this past season, leading the Bruins (14-4-3) to third place in the state tournament. The state’s returning Gatorade Boys Soccer Player of the Year, Weiler is a two-time First Team All-State selection and was also named North Dakota’s Senior Athlete of the Year for soccer.
Weiler has maintained a 3.80 GPA in the classroom. Also a talented musician, he has volunteered locally assisting the elderly and has donated his time to the US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer program, serving young athletes with disabilities.
“Weiler is a very creative player in the midfield,” said Jonathan Melendez, head coach at rival Fargo North High. “He’s talented and very smart, and everything runs through him.”
Weiler has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on scholarship at the University of Nebraska-Omaha beginning this fall. He recently graduated Fargo South High early to begin attending spring semester classes on the Omaha campus.
The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade high school sports leadership team in partnership with USA TODAY High School Sports, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.
Weiler joins Gatorade North Dakota Boys Soccer Players of the Year Braden Schmid (2010–11, West Fargo High School), Mike Frenzel, (2009-10, Century High School), Matt Glogoza (2008–09 Shanley), Alex Paulson (2007-08, Century), and Isak Tengesdal (2006-2007, Minot) among the state’s list of former award winners.