BLITZ Soccer Player of the Year: Ivy Tolbert

The BLITZ Girls Soccer Player of the Year is Ivy Tolbert of Commerce. The sophomore was the national leader in goals and points. Let that soak in a moment. She topped 100 career and season goals in 2022, and was an All-State and Super XI selection for the state of Georgia.

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INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • 104 Goals (National & State Leader)
  • 42 Assists
  • 250 Points (National & State Leader)
  • 100+ career goals
  • Super XI selection
  • All-State 2x
  • 1st Team All-Region 2x

There’s not much more to say than looking at those numbers. The sophomore midfielder was just putting up video game numbers all season (as she did last year). It’s one thing to score 100 goals in a season (okay, it’s really unheard of…), but to add 42 assists on top of that…ridiculous. The sophomore is one of the nation’s top talents, and still has two years to destroy any records that stand in her way. She put up this historic season while guiding the program to a state runner-up finish and a #1-ranking throughout much of the season.

VOTING RESULTS

  1. Ivy Tolbert – 83 pts (16 1st-place votes)
  2. Hazen Ramey – 41.5 pts (1)
  3. Sarah Clark – 31 pts
  4. Abbey Eison – 30.5 pts
  5. Nicole Limehouse – 8.75 pts
  6. Rylie Livingston – 6.5 pts
  7. Lara Turner – 5.75 pts
  8. Julia Knight – 5.5 pts

Voting included our 17-person panel made up of sports reporters, writers, video producers, former coaches, players, GHSA officials, and sports experts. The voting is Heisman-style, with the following points system:
1st place votes: 5 pts; 2nd: 3 pts; 3rd: 2 pts; 4th: 1 pts; 5th-6th: 0.5 pts
; 7th-8th 0.25 pts

It was just about unanimous…Tolbert took all but one 1st-place vote to become POY. Hazen Ramey (White County) took the other top vote. This was not even close.

HISTORY OF SOCCER PLAYER OF THE YEAR

  • 2022 – Ivy Tolbert – Commerce SO M
  • 2021 – Lauren Barnes – Rabun County SR F
  • 2020 – Hope Kenney – Lumpkin County SR F
  • 2019 – Hope Kenney – Lumpkin County JR F
  • 2018 – Brooke Barrett – Towns County SR F
  • 2017 – Fallan Lacey – Dawson County SO GK
  • 2016 – Alexis Satterfield – Lumpkin County SR F
  • 2015 – Alexis Satterfield – Lumpkin County JR F
  • 2014 – Anela Melton – Dawson County JR GK
  • 2013 – Tina Libao – Dawson County FR M
  • 2012 – Emily Stowers – Dawson County SR F
  • 2011 – Kaitlyn Hooper – White County SR F
  • 2010 – Kaitlyn Hooper – White County JR F

Tolbert’s win is the first for a Commerce player. She is the first midfielder to win it since Tina Libao (Dawson) back in 2013. She’s also the first sophomore to win the hardware since Fallan Lacey (Dawson) in 2017. Three players have won it two times, but with Tolbert winning it as a sophomore, she has a shot to become the first 3-time winner.

WHO WILL WIN IT NEXT YEAR?

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