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Rome High senior named Soccer Player of the Year
Rome High senior named Soccer Player of the Year

ROME, Ga. -- A senior student-athlete at Rome High School has been named the 2010-2011 Gatorade Georgia Boys Soccer Player of the Year.

John "Snoopy" Davidson is the first Rome High student to receive the honor.

Soccer Player of the Year is an award that recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field.

The 6'1" Davidson is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year. The winner will be announced later this month.

Davidson recorded 28 goals and 12 assists this past season, leading the Rome Wolves (12-5) to the Class 4A state tournament.

The 2010 Rome News Tribune Player of the Year, Davidson is a three-time All-Area selection. He concluded his prep soccer career with 86 goals and 39 assists.

"He's such a workhorse," said Gregg Blasingame, director of coaching for the Atlanta-based Concorde Fire soccer club program. "His work rate on the field for 90 minutes is off the charts. He's fearless, he's phenomenal in the air and he goes for every ball. As far as I'm concerned, he's the top forward on our Academy team. You can always rely on him. He always shows up to play."

Davidson maintains an A average at Rome High and volunteers at a local food bank and as a youth mentor at his church. He has always participated in a mission trip to Bolivia.

This fall, Davidson will play soccer on scholarship for the University of South Carolina.

Now in its 26th year, the Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner from each state and the District of Columbia in a number of high school sports. One National Player of the Year is also chosen.

The selection process is administered by ESPN RISE and the Gatorade high school sports leadership team, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners.

Past Gatorade Georgia Boys Soccer Players of the Year include:

* 2009-2010
Jordan McCrary, Lassiter High (Marietta)

* 2008-2009
Chris Thomas, Greater Atlanta Christian School (Norcross)

* 2007-2008
Connor Barbaree, Walton High (Marietta)

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