Pinellas Player of the Year
M Sergio Enciso, Sr., Palm Harbor University
After struggling in the regular season, Palm Harbor University entered the Class 5A, District 7 tournament as the No. 5 seed and faced the daunting task of getting through three games against incredibly tough competition to win the title. Enciso was the difference maker, coming through with clutch performances. He scored the only goal in the semifinals to beat top-seeded Steinbrenner, a team many thought would reach the state semifinals. In the district title game, Enciso had a goal and an assist in a 2-1 victory over Wiregrass Ranch as PHU repeated as champion. The momentum continued in the postseason with the Hurricanes reaching the region final a second straight season.
Final stats: Enciso finished the season with six goals — most coming during the postseason run — and had 15 assists playing in what arguably was the toughest district in Tampa Bay.
Season highlight: For Enciso, it was winning the district title. “Holding up that trophy with my senior friends. We’ve been friends for a long time, and it was like a culmination point.” Although he had some impressive statistics in the postseason, Enciso said his best performance came in the district quarterfinals against Plant, a game in which he did not score or have an assist. “I just played really well and opened up the field for everyone. It kind of set the tone for the rest of the tournament.”
What’s next: Enciso was accepted into the University of Florida and will head there in August. He said he would like to play soccer at the club or intramural level.
Bob Putnam, Times Staff Writer
Did you know? Enciso is an artist. He has been drawing, painting and sculpting for the past six years and won
numerous school awards in Franklin, Tenn., before moving back to the Palm Harbor area two years ago.