Chris Knaub, starting goalie for the soccer team at Yarmouth High School for the past three seasons, is one of 50 national semifinalists for the first Inspireum Soccer Awards.

The Trusted Sports Foundation will award $25,000 in academic scholarships to 12 finalists Dec. 13, and a $7,500 scholarship will be bestowed upon the winner on Jan. 3.

While Knaub was in net, the Clippers won a Class B state championship and compiled a 39-6-5 record.

Recently, he became the first high school student to receive the True Blue Colts Award, given to an individual who has contributed much to the Yarmouth Colts youth soccer organization.

More than 250 young athletes were nominated by coaches, peers and parents in the search for the most inspirational soccer players in the United States.

The Scarborough Soccer Club’s U12 boys’ team recently won the Soccer Maine Fall 2011 State Championship.

The Scarborough champions, coached by Dennis Dobecki and assisted by Rob Krouskup and Scott Wasser, capped a perfect 6-0 regular season by sweeping through three weekends and five games of state tournament play.

The team dominated both its semifinal and championship matches, defeating Winslow 6-1 in the former before shutting out Bangor, 3-0, in the title match.

A team from Saco won the 2011 Mustang Classic, an eight-team double elimination tournament for middle school girls’ travel teams hosted by Central Maine Community College.

Also competing in the tournament were: Fryeburg, Gray-New Gloucester, Lincoln Academy, Mount Blue, Mountain Valley, Oxford Hills and Westbrook.

Saco won the championship by beating Mount Blue. Lincoln Academy came in third place, and Westbrook finished in fourth.

Making the all-tournament team were Ashley Howe and Alex Hart of Saco and Alisha Aube and Chelsea Rairdon of Westbrook.

Ashley Howe was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.