Following a breakout junior season, Cheyenne Central forward Logan Custis has been chosen as the 2022-23 Gatorade Wyoming Boys Soccer Player of the Year.

In its 38th year of honoring the best high school athletes in the nation, The Gatorade Company released this year’s award winner on Friday.

Custis is the fourth winner from Cheyenne Central High School. The previous selection from Central was Ross Elliott in 2016-17. The other two were Kevin Cox and Drew Knaub.

The junior forward led the state in scoring with a school-record 29 goals and dished out six assists. Custis helped Cheyenne Central to a 16-3 record and a second-place finish at the 4A state soccer tournament. He scored nearly a third of his goals, nine, in the postseason. Custis earned an all-state selection for the first time in his prep career.

In the classroom, Custis maintains a 3.2 GPA. He has volunteered locally at a senior center by assisting the elderly with computers, phones, and other tech issues. He also has donated his time to the Friday Food Bag Foundation, packing food donations for needy children in the Cheyenne community.

Cheyenne South head coach Josh Eastman explained what made Custis tough for opponents to handle, in the release from The Gatorade Company.

“He’s a difficult matchup and plays his forward position with passion, intelligence, speed, and technical ability that surpasses any other student-athlete we faced. When he receives the ball, he has great speed, deception, and strength on the through ball and can hit shots with power and accuracy.”

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This award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. It distinguishes Custis as Wyoming’s best high school boys’ soccer player. He is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year award to be announced later in June.

Custis joins recent Gatorade Wyoming Boys Soccer Players of the Year Charlie Hoelscher (2021-22) from Jackson, Worland’s Cole Venable (2020-21), Joe Musselman (2019-20) from Buffalo, and Isaac Howell (2018-19) of Thunder Basin, among the state’s list of former award winners.

Being a Gatorade Player of the Year means paying it forward for the next generation. Through Gatorade’s Play It Forward initiative, every Player of the Year receives a grant to give to one of Gatorade’s social impact partners, supporting Gatorade’s ambition to fuel the future of sport. To date, Gatorade Player of the Year winners’ grants has totaled more than $3.5 million across more than 1,300 organizations.

Information from a release by The Gatorade Company was used in this story.

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