Sunlake High sophomore scoring sensation Remi Pimm was named Thursday as the Florida Dairy Farmers State Class 3A Player of the Year.
Pimm is now a finalist for Florida Mr. Soccer after scoring a nation-leading and county-record 64 goals this season.
Pimm also added 39 assists in helping lead the Seahawks (29-2-1) to their second straight state tournament berth. Pimm led a team that outscored opponents 173-19, however, was held scoreless by Merritt Island 1-0 in the 3A state semifinals last month.
Pimm actually broke two county scoring records this season. First, he surpassed 60 goals set by former Sunlake player Connor Gilboy during the 2012-13 season. Then Pimm scored one more than former Ridgewood star Melissa Wells’ 63 — the previous county high — which she set in 1991.
Earlier this season, Pimm, who transferred from IMG Academy in Bradenton prior to this season, was also named to the Gatorade National Soccer Player of the Year Watch List and was just five goals shy of tying the state record for goals: 69 set by former Daytona Seabreeze soccer player and now Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski.
Pimm could join some familiar company. In 2010, former Mitchell midfielder Max Rockwell was named Florida’s 2009-10 Gatorade Boys Soccer Player of the Year after leading the Mustangs to the Class 4A state title, which is the only boys soccer state championship in county history.
Despite his impressive stats, however, Pimm was not named the Sunshine Athletic Conference Offensive Soccer Player of the Year, which was given to Mitchell senior Mico Petrovich (32 goals, 20 assists). This postseason honor is selected by the Pasco county boys soccer coaches.
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