West Valley soccer star Aubrey Stacy named Alaska Gatorade Player of the Year as state’s best
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - In the final minutes of her final high school game, West Valley midfielder/forward Aubrey Stacy went down with a knee injury, where later evaluation revealed a torn ACL and meniscus, strained MCL, a bone bruise and a small fracture on her tibia. Though her final Alaska State High School Tournament appearance featured a 3rd place finish and an All-State Tournament selection, the final moment was far from what she envisioned.
However, all that was accomplished leading up to that moment could not go unnoticed - not even by one of the premiere sponsors handing out one of the most coveted honors in prep sports.
Stacy was named the 2020-21 Alaska Gatorade Player of the Year for Girls Soccer as the state’s best athlete in her respective sport Tuesday. From opening kick-off, Stacy’s presence and skillset is immediately put on display. Her performance on the pitch got the attention of Northern Arizona University, signing to the Division I program ahead of her senior season. The award recognizes “not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field”, and Stacy checks all of those boxes.
As a three-time First Team All-Conference member out of the Railbelt, Stacy has compiled 47 goals and 17 assists throughout her high school career, despite having a shortened senior season and her entire junior year wiped away due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She volunteers on behalf of the Fairbanks Youth Soccer Association and maintained a 3.87 GPA in the classroom.
Stacy is the first recipient of the girls award out of Fairbanks since at least 1997-98, which is as far back as the Gatorade Player of the Year database goes and is confirmed as the first out of the West Valley girls program.
As Gatorade Player of the Year, Stacy has the opportunity to award a $1,000 grant to a local or national youth sports organization of her choosing through the “Play it Forward” platform. She will join Northern Arizona this fall as a medical redshirt freshman and plans to study public health and minor in sociology.
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