Tolman’s Blanco earns R.I. Gatorade Boys’ Soccer Player of the Year honor

Tolman’s Blanco earns R.I. Gatorade Boys’ Soccer Player of the Year honor

PAWTUCKET – Seven months after leading the Tolman High boys’ soccer team to the state championship, Tolman High senior Luis Blanco earned the highest honor for a high school player in this state last Thursday when he was selected as the R.I. Gatorade Boys’ Soccer Player of the Year.

The 5-foot-9, 145-pound striker, who will continue his athletic career this fall at Division II Franklin Pierce University of the Northeast-10 Conference, led the Tigers to a 14-0-4 record, as he recorded 19 goals and nine assists and put together a 10-game scoring streak along the way.

Blanco, who was also a United Soccer Coaches All-American selection, was also the R.I. Soccer Coaches Association State Player of the Year, a First-Team All-State selection, and the Division I Lyle Perra Player of the Year in his only season playing high school soccer. He had spent four years playing for the New England Revolution Development Academy’s youth teams

Blanco also has volunteered locally at The Miriam Hospital in Rhode Island, as well as donated his time to community beautification projects and as a youth soccer coach. In the classroom, he has maintained a weighted 3.22 GPA.

“Luis Blanco was the most impactful player in the state this year,” said Barrington High head coach Don Denham. “He is an incredible talent.”