Palm Beach, Fla. - The Palm Beach Post (Palm Beach County, Florida) named FGCU’s Stacey Payne 2008 Small Schools Players of the Year, and Olivia Elias to First Team All-Area.
Stacey Payne, Coral Springs, Fla.
As a senior, Payne set the American Heritage Boca/Delray school record for goals in a season with 37. She helped lead her team to a State Championship in the 2004, 2006 season, and state finalist in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008. She finished her senior with 37 goals and 23 assist. In Payne's three seasons as a starting forward, American Heritage went 67-8-7. The Stallions won the 2006 Class 2A state championship, and finished second each of the past two years.
Olivia Elias, Coral Springs, Fla.
Elias has helped lead American Heritage Boca/Delray to a State Championship in 2004 and 2006, State Runner-up in 2005, 2007-2008, and Regional Champs from 2004-2006. She was named team MVP in the 2006, and 2007 seasons while at American Heritage. Elias was also nominated All-County First Team 2006, 2007, and 2008. Considered by many coaches to be the area's top midfielder, Elias had 10 goals and 14 assists this past season.