Hanley Wins Gatorade Playe of Year
The accolades keep rolling in for members of the St. Paul’s Division I two-time consecutive state soccer champions following the Wolves completion of an unbeaten season, registering an amazing 31-0-3 mark en route to their crown. This time around senior goal keeper Colin Hanley, who posted 21 shutouts in his senior campaign, is recognized as the Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year. Hanley is only the third goalie to receive the Louisiana Gatorade award since its inception back in 1986. Hanley also becomes the third St. Paul’s soccer player to garner the award joining Adrian McInnis (2011) and Stephen Pate (1997). Hanley talked about him being recognized as the Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year. “This honor means an awful lot to me. I’ve spent almost my entire life working hard playing the sport I love. This kind of recognition is unbelievable and makes all the hard work over the years worthwhile. It wasn’t just me my defensive teammates were instrumental in me receiving this distinctive honor,” Hanley said.
The Gatorade award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also focuses on high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Hanley, who has signed with Niagara University in New York, is the epitomy of the whole package, excelling in all areas in and out of the classroom. Hanley, a member of Mu Alpha Theta mathematics honor society, has maintained a 4.16 grade point average and plans on majoring in biology. Hanley, a humble, extremely talented young man, with an extremely bright future, graduates from St. Paul’s this Saturday. He is the son of Jack and Cheryl Hanley, who reside in Mandeville.