As the 2000s and 2010s have roared alone, the game of soccer has taken off along with the years — to the point where it can be called one of the fastest-growing sports in America.
That growth has especially been showcased in Scioto County in multiple facets, as evidenced by the 2017 All-District teams that were made public over the past week. As a matter of fact, a combined total of 61 boys and girls inside the county lines were named to the 2017 Division III Boys and Girls All-District teams.
As with the All-SOC lists, Northwest’s Evan Throckmorton and Josh Keeney led the group as Throckmorton, a junior midfielder, obtained the Division III District Player of the Year award while Keeney obtained the Division III’s Coach of the Year Award en route to leading Northwest to a 19-1 record and a berth in the Division III, Region 11 Semifinals. Fellow teammate Tyler Webb, a senior forward, also joined Throckmorton on the first team.
South Webster, who went 15-2-4 under the direction of head coach Corey Claxon, put star offensive hands in junior forwards Shiloah Blevins and Samuel Holstein on the list, while Minford (senior midfielder Eli Cordle and senior forward Zach Higbee) and Clay (sophomore goalkeeper Dakota Dodds and sophomore forward Bryce Toomire) also put two players apiece on the first team. Valley’s Cayton Ruby, New Boston’s Kade Conley, and West’s Jack Cremeans, all seniors, and Wheelersburg’s Aaron Jolly, a freshman forward, rounded out the first team.
On the second team units, the Jeeps and the Mohawks again led the charge with two honorees apiece as juniors Ty Collins — a midfielder — and Jacob Ruth — a defender, along with Harald Rundquist — a forward — and Hunter Berry — a defender — led the duo on the second unit.
Minford (juniors Talen Coriell and Michael Patrick) and Wheelersburg (senior goalkeeper Dylan Burton and junior forward Athan Temponeras) also put two on the second team, while Clay’s Marco Valle (junior midfielder), New Boston’s Kyle Sexton (freshman goalkeeper), Valley’s Cameron Phillips (sophomore forward), and West’s Loris Ruffino all earn second team accolades.
All eight schools put at least two players on the list on Wednesday evening, with 15 of those 16 honorees being named as defenders. South Webster’s Michael Andrews and Braden Martin, Northwest’s Mason Campbell and Austin Speer, Wheelersburg’s Nathan McLaughlin and Brice Robnett, Clay’s Bradley McCleese and Tanner Richards, Valley’s Ben Howard and Cameron Phillips, Minford’s Elijah Craft and Adam Cordle, New Boston’s Kyle McQuithy and Malachi Potts, and West’s Jordan Frasure and Dalton Meyers rounded out the list.
Wheelersburg, who led the Scioto County units by posting an 18-1-1 record in 2017, put Madison Humble, a senior midfielder, and Libby Miller, a junior forward, on the first team list, while Minford, who put senior midfielders Erin Daniels and Marissa Risner on the first team list, also obtained two first team selections. West’s Abbie Powell, a senior midfielder, and Northwest’s Sydnie Jenkins, a junior midfielder, rounded out the main set of selections.
The Lady Pirates and the Lady Falcons again put two players on the second team list, as senior midfielder Lyndlee Wills and junior forward Christen Risner (Wheelersburg), along with senior goalkeeper Marissa Watters and senior defender Aspen Lambert, each led Scioto County again. West’s Madison Cochran, a senior defender, and Northwest’s Kaley Hamilton, a sophomore defender, rounded out the second team.
As with the boys list, each Scioto County unit put two players apiece on the honorable mention side of the list, with Minford putting juniors Aurie Coriell and Emily Shoemaker on the list to start and Wheelersburg adding senior defender Sydney White and junior midfielder Sophie Hagans to that combination. Northwest forwards Haleigh Ross and Ellie Curtis, along with West goalkeeper Dreama Sadler and Lady Senators’ defender Madison Cochran, rounded out the list.