For a rather quiet guy, Juneau-Douglas High School senior Colin Flynn frequently finds himself as the center of attention.
As the Crimson Bears center midfielder, Flynn must show the strength and poise to make correct decisions with the ball under constant duress. His unique mixture of work ethic, leadership and skill led to a very special honor.
Two weeks ago, Flynn became the fourth Juneau-Douglas player named Gatorade Alaska Player of the Year. Flynn joins Dylan Ashe (2005-06), Robert Lossett (2001-02) and Justin Dorn (2000-01) as Gatorade winners.
"That was really exciting," Flynn said. "Last year I had a shot and it didn't work out. It's a good accomplishment for me."
Flynn's filled in a variety of roles for JDHS this season. In the season's first four games, the Gonzaga University-bound player scored nine of Juneau's first 12 goals.
Since then, he's taken more of a playmaking role. He's been a focal point of the offense by distributing the ball and finding open space for his teammates from his center midfielder position.
"As a coach, one of the things you can only hope for is that your best players from a skill standpoint are the players who play the hardest," JDHS coach Gary Lehnhart said. "That's Colin. I think the No. 1 thing he brings to our team is he gives supreme effort."
While not an overly loud or vocal player, Flynn can dictate a game through his skill.
He finds himself frequently in the middle of the action on the pitch as a center midfielder. His poise and strength allows the remainder of the Crimson Bears to perform to the best of their abilities.
"Colin brings a really important thing to our team, he really holds down the middle of the field better than any player I've seen," senior teammate Isaac Stark said. "He's always been an integral part of our team."
With the Gatorade award in hand, Flynn will join his teammate today in an effort to achieve another personal first - a state high school championship.
JDHS opens play in the Alaska School Activities Association State Soccer Championships at 6 p.m. tonight against Colony.
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