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Jon Aguirre Named Gatorade N.J. Player of the Year

Senior is the first Dodger to receive honor.

Gatorade announced today that Madison High School midfielder Jon Aguirre was selected as their 2009-10 New Jersey Boys Soccer Player of the Year.

Aguirre, the first Dodger distinguished with the honor, had 11 goals and four assists this past season, leading the team (15-5-2) to the North 2, Group II semifinals. The Dodgers also won the Morris County Tournament for the first time this past season.

A member of the U.S. Soccer Federation Under-18 Men's National Team, the senior will play on scholarship for Duke University in the fall. Aguirre has a 3.49 GPA and has volunteered on behalf of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and has raised funds to benefit the Special Olympics and the Lance Armstrong Foundation. 

Gatorade says its award "recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field."

Aguirre is now a finalist for the Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year award to be announced in May. Aguirre is the second straight award winner from Morris County, joining Rafael Diaz (2008-09, Morris Hills) among New Jersey winners.

Come back to Madison Patch for a full story on Aguirre.

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