Dimond sweeps soccer honors

Dimond High owns the top seeds in the state high school soccer tournament this week after sweeping last week's Cook Inlet Conference tournaments, and the Lynx have also swept the Gatorade Alaska Player of the Year awards.

Senior midfielder Michael Sedor, who is headed to play at Gonzaga University in the fall, was named the boys Player of the Year.

Junior forward Aaliyah Lewis was honored as the girls Player of the Year.

The award is based on athletic and academic achievement, and community involvement.

Sedor, who racked 10 goals in the regular season, owns a 4.14 grade-point average, sings in Dimond's swing choir, has served in student government, and participated in recycling and environmental awareness causes at the school.

"Sedor is super quick and he's one of the smartest players I've seen," said Service boys coach Dan Rufner. "He's a really good leader and he makes everyone around him better."

Lewis scored 22 goals in the regular season. She holds a 3.43 GPA and has volunteered with Special Olympics, the Salvation Army and youth soccer programs.

"She has tremendous athletic ability and good skills,'' said Service girls coach Mark Cascolan. "She's a game-changer, just a dangerous, dangerous player.''

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