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A love for soccer at age 4 led Sabrina Summers to a national all-American team.
Summers, 17 and a senior at St. Stephens High School, was one of 37 female soccer players from across the nation selected to win an award on the National High School Scholar All-American Team.
â€śI was kind of surprised,â€ť Summers said, adding her busy school and soccer schedules kept her mind occupied and off of her coachâ€™s nomination.
St. Stephens head soccer coach Chuck Davis nominated Summers for the prestigious award because of her strong athletic and academic skills.
â€śSabrina is one of the best soccer players in our area and our state,â€ť Davis said. â€śHer athletic accomplishments on the soccer field have been outstanding, and her academic accomplishments are also impressive.â€ť
Summers is currently No. 1 in the senior class at St. Stephens High and has a weighted GPA of 4.8. Davis said the National Soccer Coaches Association of America looks for athletes with a certain GPA or higher and who are also excellent on the field.
Summers will have an opportunity to be honored during the all-American luncheon for the NSCAA on Jan. 15 in Baltimore. She will receive a ticket to the luncheon, two All-American award certificates, a gift from Adidas and free admission to the 2011 NSCAA convention.
Summers was appreciative of Davis for nominating her for the award.
â€śI really appreciate it,â€ť she said. â€śCoach Davis has been a really good coach to me for the past three years. It meant a lot that he thought I deserved to be nominated (for the award).â€ť
Summers is a defender on the varsity soccer team at St. Stephens High School, where she played on varsity since she was a freshman. Her career statistics are: 2008, 14 goals and 18 assists, all-conference and all-region; 2009, 14 goals and 17 assists, all conference, conference POY, all-region and all-state; and 2010, 14 goals, 14 assists, all-conference, conference POY, all-region, region POY and all-state.
â€śSabrina is a wonderful person,â€ť Davis said, adding this was the first time he nominated a player for the award. â€śShe demonstrates class and character, on and off the field.â€ť
After graduating from St. Stephens in June, Summers will go on to play soccer at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington starting in the fall.