In its 29th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Raimee Sherle of Rocky Mountain High School as its 2013-14 Gatorade Idaho Girls Soccer Player of the Year. Sherle is the second Gatorade Idaho Girls Soccer Player of the Year to be chosen from Rocky Mountain High School, with Brooke Heidemann claiming the award in 2012. Heidemann, an FC Nova alum, has gone on to claim Mountain West Conference 1st Team Selection (2013) and Mountain West Freshman of the Year (2012) at Boise State University.
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 Sherle as Idaho’s best high school girls soccer player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year award to be announced in May, Sherle 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 5-foot-2 sophomore (yes, she's back for 2 more years) forward scored 34 goals and passed for 11 assists this past season, leading the Grizzlies (16-3- 2) to the Class 5A state semifinals. Sherle was the 2013 Idaho High School Soccer Coaches Association and 5A SIC DIII Conference Player of the Year and an Idaho Press Tribune First Team All-State selection. She scored in 18 of 21 games and recorded 11 multi- goal games, including three hat tricks. Sherle has maintained a 3.43 GPA in the classroom. The class president of Student Council as a freshman and sophomore, she has volunteered locally with an anti-bullying program and in association with her church youth group.
“Raimee Sherle is a scoring machine,” said Ross Schultz, head coach of Timberline High. “Without her on the field they had no real scoring threat. She has great speed and can strike with either foot. She is small but doesn’t play small.”
Sherle joins 14 other FC Nova (Capitals and Les Bois) Girls Alumni in achieving this accolade presented by Gatorade as one of the "grand daddy" individual youth sports awards. FC Nova is the ONLY valley-area club to produce female Gatorade Girls Soccer Player of the Year recipients. In total NOVA student-athletes have claimed 17 total Gatorade Awards, with the girls taking 14 out of 17 total since the inclusion of the girls side from Gatorade in 1998. Sofia Huerta (Santa Clara - 2013 All American) and Justin Hill (Cal Poly and Gonzaga) are the only two Nova athletes to claim 2 Gatorade Soccer Player of the Year trophies.
For the announcement of the Gatorade National Player of the Year, visit www.gatorade.com/poy.