"Hakop had an amazing season last year and I think it was definitely worthy of player of the year," Tornadoes Coach Ara Oganesyan said. "But I think the other coaches were looking for him to be a little bit more of a versatile player. Unfortunately, last year with our team being such a young team, he didn't have that kind of luxury.
"It's extremely important to play a well-rounded game that involves the whole team, so this year we adjusted to it and the coaches gave him the credit and saw his game grow."
In the CIF wild-card round, Kaplanyan scored all but one goal in Hoover's 16-12 win over Cathedral City.
8 — Mark Verso, St. Francis soccer, sophomore
Coming off a stellar freshman season, the sophomore forward refused to stay pat. He hit the weight room intent on improving his conditioning and the result was a 22-goal, six-assist season (50 points) for the Mission League's Offensive Player of the Year.