Soccer standout Manning named Alaska athlete of the week
Alaska Timbers soccer standout Hatcher Manning bagged three goals in back-to-back victories of 2-1 and 3-0 over the Fairbanks Soccer Club to clinch the United Premier Soccer League Last Frontier Division championship.
Playing mostly against older players, the 17-year old Service High School senior’s stellar play from the midfield over the weekend earned him national recognition as he was one of four players nominated for UPSL Player of the Week.
Manning, of Service High fame, played for a Timbers youth team before the senior team joined the UPSL this season, a development league with teams all over the country. Four Alaska teams in Anchorage, Fairbanks and the Mat-Su Valley were added to the mix this season.
He was the only junior nominated for Alaska Gatorade Player of the Year. Last year as a sophomore, he was named all-state and led Service with 18 goals.
The athlete of the week recipient is selected by a panel each Friday and announced Saturday at 11 a.m. on the Sports Guys on CBS Sports Radio 590AM and 96.7FM.
View past winners here.