RIO RANCHO, N.M. — In its 35th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company last week announced Gabe Legendre of Cleveland High School as its 2019 Gatorade New Mexico Boys Soccer Player of the Year — his second such award in as many years.
Legendre is the second Gatorade New Mexico Boys Soccer Player of the Year to be chosen from Cleveland High School. The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Legendre as New Mexico’s best high school boys soccer player.
Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year award to be announced in June, the state’s returning Gatorade Player of the Year is a 5-foot-8, 155-pound senior forward who recorded 30 goals and 13 assists this past season, leading the Storm (16-6) to the Class 5A state semifinals.
A three-time first-team All-State selection, Legendre participated in the High School All-American Game in December. Ranked as the nation’s No. 175 prospect in the Class of 2020 by TopDrawerSoccer.com, he concluded his prep soccer career with 89 goals and 30 assists.
Legendre is a volunteer firefighter in Corrales, has donated his time to community beautification projects and played in a few games this past season for the New Mexico Runners indoor soccer team.