West's Bubacar Touray scored 25 goals and added 15 assists for the 13-2-2 Eagles that advanced to the Class 4A state tournament semifinals. Photo credit Loudon Wilson, AlaskanAthlete, Twitter
After an awesome offensive season for the West soccer team, Bubacar Touray of Anchorage was rewarded with the state’s highest individual honor.
The senior striker was named Gatorade Alaska Boys Soccer Player of the Year.
Touray scored 25 goals and added 15 assists for the 13-2-2 Eagles that advanced to the Class 4A state tournament semifinals.
The 5-foot-8 playmaker is a magician with the ball.
“Bubacar Touray is the kind of player where everyone in the stadium holds their breath in awe and wonders what he’ll do next,” Dimond coach Barat Killian said in a press release. “He is one of the most naturally gifted soccer players in the state of Alaska, but he’s also a team player.”
He was a two-time all-league player in the Cook Inlet Conference and was an all-state honoree.
Touray is the third West player to earn Gatorade honors, joining Gabe Shaddy-Farnsworth in 2004 and Brian Van Abel in 1999.
The honor-roll student has maintained an A average in the classroom. He will attend Tacoma Community College this fall, where he will play soccer.
Every Gatorade Player of the Year state winner receives a $1,000 grant to donate and
will have the opportunity to enter for an additional $10,000 spotlight grant by writing a brief essay explaining why their selected organization deserves additional support
Here is a list of former winners from Alaska since the award began here in 1999:
2017 Bubacar Touray, West
2016 Talon Stanley, South
2015 Jack Sedor, Dimond
2014 Jack Sedor, Dimond
2013 Jackson Lehnhart, Juneau-Douglas
2012 Michael Sedor, Dimond
2011 Kirby Hutto, South
2010 Jon Hall, South
2009 Blaine Carver, Soldotna
2008 Colin Flynn, Juneau-Douglas
2007 Spencer Augustin, South
2006 Dylan Ashe, Juneau-Douglas
2005 Brian Schmitz, Service
2004 Gabe Shaddy-Farnsworth, West
2003 Ben Mayer, Service
2002 Robert Lossett, Juneau-Douglas
2001 Justin Dorn, Juneau-Douglas
2000 Jevon Miller, East
1999 Brian Van Abel, West
Van Williams is a freelance writer in Anchorage and a correspondent for the Alaska School Activities Association.
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