Rocklin High School's Seth Casiple today was named the 2010-11 Gatorade California Boys Soccer Player of the Year.
The award recognizes athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character.
The 5-foot-9, 155-pound senior midfielder recorded five goals and five assists in leading the Thunder to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II semifinals last fall. He finished his Rocklin career with 19 goals and 35 assists.
The two-time All-Sierra Foothill League selectee also is a member of the U.S. Soccer Federation Under-18 Men's National Team and will play on scholarship this fall at Cal.
Last fall, in addition to playing soccer for Rocklin, Casiple was a placekicker for the Thunder's football team.
Casiple, who maintains a 3.18 grade-point average, also completed a service mission trip to Mexico, where he helped build houses.
"Seth Casiple's strength is his vision in the middle of the field and his quality of pass," said Paul O'Brien, Casiple's club coach with the California Development Academy. "His all-around technical game is pretty big-time. For me, of all the players I've been around, I've yet to see a player who stands out as much as he does in the center of the field."
Casiple joins recent Gatorade California Boys Soccer Players of the Year Reed Williams of Corona del Mar (2009-10) and former Jesuit star Adam Jahn (2007-08 and 2008-09) among the state's list of former award winners.
- Bill Paterson