Micaah Garnette '21 Named NJ Gatorade Player of the Year!

By Alice Roche Cody

Congrats to our Knight, Micaah Garnette '21, who was named the 2020-21 Gatorade New Jersey Boys' Soccer Player of the Year. This marks the first time Gatorade has chosen a boys' soccer player from Gill St. Bernard's. The award recognizes Micaah's outstanding athletic excellence, academic achievement, and exemplary character, demonstrated on and off the field.

"This is a well-deserved honor for Micaah, and I could not be happier or prouder," said GSB Athletic Director Will Taylor. "I can't wait to see what he will do at the next level."

As a GSB senior, the 5-foot-9, 150-pound forward led our Knights to a 13-0-1 record and the Central West C, Non-Public Tournament championship last season. Micaah scored 21 goals and passed for 14 assists, including one of each in Gill's 3-2 win over the Pingry in the Sectional title game. The NJ.com Player of the Year, Micaah was a 2020 United Soccer Coaches High School All-American selection and concluded his GSB soccer career with 62 goals and 30 assists.

Locally, Micaah volunteered with the Special Olympics and assisted with multiple community service initiatives through his church. He signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on scholarship at St. John's University this fall.

Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year award to be announced in June, Micaah joins an elite alumni association of state award-winners in 12 sports, including Alexi Lalas (1987-88, Cranbrook High School, Mich.), Steve Cherundolo (1996-97, Mt. Carmel High School, Calif.), Abby Wambach (1997-98, Our Lady of Mercy School of Young Women, N.Y.), Heather O'Reilly (2001-02 & 2002-03, East Brunswick High School, N.J.), Matt Besler (2004-05, Blue Valley West High School, Kans.), Jack Harrison (2013-14, Berkshire High School, Mass.) and Mallory Pugh (2014-15, Mountain Vista High School, Colo.). To learn more about the Gatorade Player of the Year program, visit playeroftheyear.gatorade.com.

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