The North Polk and Ballard girls’ soccer teams combined to have 18 players make all-conference in 2018.
North Polk tallied 10 all-Heart of Iowa Conference selections. The Comets went 14-6 on the season and made state in Class 1A for the second year in a row.
Senior Danielle Bonewitz, juniors Katie Berglund and Katryn Halterman, and freshman Hailey Steffen made the all-HOIC first team from North Polk.
Bonewitz tallied 19 goals and six assists, Berglund 18 goals and six assists and Halterman 14 goals and nine assists. Steffen was an important part of a Comet defense that finished the season with nine shutouts.
Seniors Sawyer Elwell and Maddie Bruggeman and freshmen Maya Monk and Sydney Anderson made the all-HOIC second team from North Polk.
Elwell, Bruggeman and Monk were all key defensive players and Anderson came up big in her first season at keeper, compiling 25 saves.
Elwell also spent time at keeper, making 18 saves, and Bruggeman also had one goal and assist apiece.
Junior Jalen Heintz and freshman Abi Zimmer made all-HOIC honorable mention from North Polk. Heintz netted one goal and Zimmer delivered one goal and five assists.
Ballard finished with eight all-Raccoon River Conference selections. The Bombers went 8-10 as a 2A program.
Cassie Smith and Samantha Mosher were named to the all-RRC first team from Ballard.
Smith came through with five goals and four assists, and Mosher three goals, and they also helped control the midfield for Ballard.
Senior Nicole Watters, and juniors Sydney Halverson, Karlee Emerson and Sierra Knight made the all-RRC second team from Ballard.
Watters was the anchor of the Bomber back four on defense, Halverson led Ballard with 11 goals and added one assist, Emerson contributed one goal and three assists and Knight had a big year at keeper with 152 saves.
Senior Cora Soash and junior Erin Rochleau both made all-RRC honorable mention from Ballard.
Both individuals were valuable assets on the defense end of the field.