Sacred Heart Prep junior Abby Dahlkempe recently was named the Gatorade California Girls Soccer Player of the Year.
The award, in its 25th year of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, is sponsored by The Gatorade Company and ESPN RISE. This is the first time ever that a Sacred Heart Prep athlete has won this prestigious award.
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 Dahlkemper as California's best high school girls' soccer player.
Dahlkemper is now a finalist and in the running for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year award to be announced in May.
The 5-foot-6 junior midfielder led the Gators (14-5-3) to the Central Coast Section Division III semifinals this past season, recording 16 goals and eight assists. A two-time West Bay Athletic League Most Valuable Player, Dahlkemper is a member of the U.S. Soccer Federation Under-17 Women's National Team and is the nation's number 20 recruit in the Class of 2011 as rated by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
Dahlkemper has maintained a 3.05 GPA and has volunteered locally, improving the grounds and facilities at area elementary schools and organizing a charity soccer tournament to provide shoes to children in Africa.
"This is wonderful, well deserved recognition for Abby," said Frank Rodriguez, Sacred Heart Prep's Athletic Director. "Even though she travels the world to play soccer for her country, she has continued to make it a priority to play soccer with her close friends and teammates here at Sacred Heart as well. It takes a great deal of personal resolve to balance a rigorous academic workload, stay involved in service learning opportunities while playing soccer at the highest level both at home and abroad. Abby does all these things in the most unassuming, self-deprecating way."