Four area players named all-state in girls’ soccer

Joe RandlemanStaff Writer
Four area players named all-state in girls’ soccer

Four area girls’ soccer players were given all-state honors in 2016 by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association and one athlete was named academic all-state by the Iowa High School Soccer Coaches Association.

North Polk’s Joy Smith and Hanna Becker and Ballard’s Rachel Watters and Sidney Smith were all recognized by the IGCA.

Smith was named to the IGCA first team in Class 1A. She was third in the state in goals with 41 and also contributed 16 assists in helping North Polk to a breakthrough 16-3 season that saw the Comets reach the regional finals for the first.

Joining Smith on the IGCA 1A first team were: Nevada’s Abby Stephenson, Clara Sporrer, Kati Cassabaum and Kaylee Kruschwitz; Davenport Assumption’s Molly Gervase; Iowa City Regina’s Jenny Wick and Lauren Ronnfeldt; Underwood’s Hailey James; Center Point Urbana’s Courtney Jones; Denver’s Johnnie Hill, Solon’s Josie Durr; Columbus Catholic’s Kiera Cabrera; Council Bluffs St. Albert’s Mary Casson and Gilbert’s Olivia Stearns.

Becker also played a big role in North Polk’s outstanding 2016 season in making the IGCA second team in 1A. She delivered 19 goals and 18 assists for the Comets.

Watters and Smith both made the 1A second team for Ballard. They helped the Bombers also advance to the regional finals this season.

Watters delivered 21 goals and nine assists. Smith finished with 13 goals and three assists.

The rest of the IGCA 1A second team was comprised of: Denver’s Annie Place; St. Albert’s Celine Henton, Emily Casson and Kaitlyn Pearce; Columbus Catholic’s Megan McElmeel and Grace Surma; Assumption’s Carly King and Rachel Jennings; Underwood’s Brooklyn Cooper; Hudson’s Emma Eden; Fairfield’s Emma Rosner; tri-Center’s Hannah Larsen; Unity Christian’s Jori Brunner; Regina’s Lizzy Deprenger and Treynor’s Makenzie White and Taylor Sudmann.

North Polk head coach Jeff Anker was named the 1A Coach of the Year by the IGCA after leading the Comets to their historic season that included finishing ranked in the top 10.

On the academic side Ballard’s Jennie Huxford was named academic all-state by the IHSCCA. The girls chosen came from all three classes.

Huxford was joined on the IHSCCA all-academic first team by: Nodaway Valley/West Central Valley/Adair Casey’s Livy Green, Abigail Speichinger, Allison Scheel, Natalie Daugherty, Emily Schildberg and Bridgeen Lynch; Waverly-Shell Rock’s Kate Stewart; Maquoketa’s Chiara Atienza; Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s Anna Frerichs and Wuakee’s Miranda Wilson.

Huxford started 15 games and scored one goal for the Bombers this season.