Young named Player of the Year

Houston High School soccer standout Cara Young has been named the 2018-2019 Gatorade Tennessee Girls Soccer Player of the Year.

She is the third student athlete from Houston with the distinction of being named Player of the Year in the last 12 months.

Ole Miss signee Jenna Kemp received the award last season and Mississippi State signee Jayla Hemingway was named the 2018-2019 Gatorade Tennessee Girls Basketball Player of the Year in March.

Young scored 16 goals and chipped in 14 assists last season as the Lady Mustangs went 21-2 and won the state championship.

“Cara has moved to several different positions during her high school career and she did it willingly and did it well,” said Alexis Heinz, head coach of Briarcrest Christian High. “She works hard in the attack and very hard to get back on defense.”

Young maintained a 3.38 grade-point average in the classroom. Taking advantage of NCAA early signing rules, Young inked a financial-aid agreement that paved the way for her to enroll at the University of Arkansas, where she will play soccer.

She graduated from high school in December and recently completed her first semester at Arkansas.

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport.

From the 12 national winners, one male and one female athlete are each named Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year. In all, 607 athletes are honored each year.