SPA senior and soccer standout Eric Lagos '19 has been named the 2019 recipient of the Dave Winfield Award. He is the first SPA athlete to win the award since 2010.
The Winfield Award, named for baseball legend and Saint Paul native Dave Winfield, was created in 1977 to honor outstanding student-athletes of color in the Twin Cities. Candidates for the award are first nominated by their school, and then submit information regarding their athletic, academic, and community activities. After an interview, 10 finalists are named, with one boy and one girl selected as the Winfield Award winner at a special banquet and ceremony held in early June. Lagos was named the winner, along with Eva Langenbrunner from St. Paul Central High School, on Sunday, June 2 at the Winfield banquet.
Lagos was a force at forward for the Spartan soccer team, which he co-captained in 2018. He scored 8 of the Spartans' regular-season 18 goals and was a finalist for the Minnesota State High School League's Mr. Soccer award. He is also a member of the school's Debate team and Chess Club, as well as a Les Farrington "Best 100" Art Show award recipient. He will attend Yale University in the fall of 2019 and will study Engineering and Computer Science, as well as playing for Yale's Division I soccer team.