Dodge City High School boy's soccer defender Miguel Baca earns prestigious national honor.

On Monday, Dodge City High School boy's soccer defender Miguel Baca was named the 2016-17 Gatorade Kansas Boys Soccer Player of the Year. 

The award honors outstanding athletic achievement and high standards of academic excellence according to press release put out by Gatorade. 

Baca is the first Dodge City athlete in any sport to receive the honor. 

Baca was a key piece in the Red Demons undefeated 21-0 season and 6A State Championship last season. The 5'10", 170-pound junior anchored a defense that allowed just nine goals all season while putting up shut-outs in all five postseason matches. 

Baca was named the 6A Co-Defensive Player of the Year and was named first team all-state.

In addition to his athletic achievements, Baca is a member of the gifted program at DCHS and currently totes a 4.03 weighted GPA.

Baca also volunteers as a teacher at his church as a youth mentor and has assisted as a weight-lifting coach to middle-schoolers. 

As part of his honors, Baca will select a national or local youth sports organization to receive a grant provided by Gatorade's Play it Forward program. Baca will also have the opportunity to enter to win another 10,000 dollar spotlight grant by writing a brief essay describing why his selected organization is deserving. 

Check back with the Globe later this week for more on Baca's honor.