Six area players make all-conf. first team in girls’ soccer
The North Polk girls’ soccer team had five players make first-team all-Heart of Iowa Conference and Ballard put one player on the first team and two on the second in the Raccoon River Conference.
Keeper Sawyer Elwell, forwards Joy Smith and Hanna Becker, midfielder Courtney Bonewitz and sweeper Gracie Harmeyer were named to the all-HOIC first team in girls’ soccer from North Polk.
Elwell and Harmeyer keyed a North Polk defense that posted a remarkable 13 shutouts to help North Polk go 16-3 on the season and finish in a three-way tie with Nevada and Gilbert for the conference title. North Polk also reached the Class 1A regional finals for the first time in program history.
Elwell had only 11 goals against her all season. She made 30 saves on the year.
Smith and Becker anchored North Polk on offense.
Smith scored an incredible 41 goals to rank third among all competitors in the state and she also handed out 16 assists. Becker found the back of the net 19 times and she also handed out 18 assists for the season.
Bonewitz was the glue of the midfield for North Polk. The junior compiled a team-high 23 assists and she also scored 12 goals during the season.
Also making the all-HOIC first team this season were: Nevada’s Clara Sporrer, Kati Cassabaum, Abby Stephenson and Kaylee Kruschwitz, and Gilbert’s Emily Branson and Olivia Stearns.
Maddy Hill, Danielle Bonewitz, Cassie Cox, Katie Berglund and Katryn Halterman landed on the all-HOIC second team from North Polk. Berglund had seven goals and eight assists, Danielle tallied nine assists and three goals, Halterman finished with five goals and one assist, Hill had one assist as a valuable midfielder and Cox was a top defensive player at fullback for the Comets.
The other all-HOIC second-team picks were: Gilbert’s Abigail Jaquis, Ibby Culek and Erin Kimle; Nevada’s Erin Sellberg and Hattie Rhodes, Prairie City-Monroe’s McKinzie Tjaden and Collins-Maxwell-Baxter’s Tatum Tremain. Tremain scored two goals for a young Raider team in 2016.
Ballard’s Rachel Watters made the all-RRC first team in girls’ soccer. Watters was joined on the first team by: Adel-Desoto-Minburn’s Sydney Bertman, Allie Cook, Carmen Angel, Chelsea Bright and Jessica Craigmile; Perry’s Natalie Martinez, Mariah Duffy and Sydney Guerra; Winterset’s Marina Brightman, Allison Clifton, Sami Billiter and Courtney Woodcock and Bondurant-Farrar’s Jessi Altman, Erin Kruse and Brynn Beresford.
Watters scored 21 goals and dished out nine assists on the season.
Sydney Smith and Cassie Smith both made the all-RRC second team and Jennie Huxford was honorable mention from Ballard. Sydney had 13 goals and three assists, Cassie recorded seven goals and assists apiece and Huxford ended up with one goal.