He was a leader of a team that went 24-8 and finished fourth at the Missouri Class 3 state tournament. He finished the season with 24 goals and 15 assists and was selected the offensive player of the year in the Suburban Conference Red Division. In the postseason, he scored the game-winning goal vs. Lee’s Summit and had the assist on game-winners against Rockhurst, Lee’s Summit North and Park Hill.• Graham Dobbins, Olathe Northwest, senior.
Selected the Sunflower League offensive player of the year, Dobbins was widely considered the most dangerous player in the 12-team Sunflower League. He finished with 19 goals and 10 assists and will graduate as the Ravens’ all-time leading scorer. An impressive blend of size and speed for an attacking player.• Jacob Fox, Pembroke Hill, senior.
Fox was the leader of a Pembroke Hill team that bounced back from a rash of injuries to finish second in Missouri Class 1. A three-year starter and captain, Fox finished the year with 22 goals and 12 assists — despite missing nine games because of an injury — and was selected the Missouri Class 1 co-offensive player of the year and Missouri Class 1 western region player of year.• Shane Woods, Kearney, senior.
Woods used his speed and athletic ability to cause chaos for opposing defenses this year. The biggest threat on a Bulldogs’ team that reached the district title match, Woods scored 54 goals with 10 assists and was selected first-team all-state in Missouri Class 3 and western region offensive player of the year. He scored 112 goals in three seasons at Kearney.
Steve Enna, St. James Academy, sophomore; David Fancher, Shawnee Mission Northwest, senior; Tyler Rathbun, Shawnee Mission East, junior; Michael Panarisi, Lee’s Summit North, juniorHONORABLE MENTION
Isaac Benner, Smithville, junior; Dylan Drambour, Oak Park, senior; Drew Dempsey, Liberty, senior; Conner Emberlin, Maranatha, junior; Bryan Johnson, Olathe South, junior; Garrett Pulliam, Blue Valley West, senior; Pedro Ramirez, Oak Grove, senior; Ryan Schliem, Harrisonville, seniorMIDFIELDER
Saari recovered from a bout with cancer to turn in a season in which he led Oak Park to a 22-4 record and the district final. He finished the season with 23 goals, 26 assists and was selected first-team all-state in Class 3 and the western region co-player of the year. He was also the player of the year for the Suburban Conference Blue Division.• Derek Schrick, Rockhurst, senior.
The Missouri Class 3 player of the year, Schrick did it all for the Hawklets, who went 22-4-1 and lost to eventual state semifinalist Lee’s Summit West in the district final. Schrick, a team captain, scored 10 goals and had 24 assists. He won two state titles while at Rockhurst and was a first-team all-state selection this year.• Chris Tuso, Blue Valley Northwest, senior.
An all-state selection and two-time all-EKL first-team pick, Tuso, who plays for the Sporting Kansas City Juniors, scored six game-winning goals last season for the Huskies. Three of those tallies came in overtime. He finished the season with two hat tricks and also was selected academic all-state, helping BV Northwest to a fourth-place finish at the Kansas Class 6A state tournament.SECOND TEAM
Alex Brown, Lee’s Summit West, junior; Andrew Brown, St. Thomas Aquinas, senior; Richmond Forbis, Fort Osage, sophomoreHONORABLE MENTION
David Leichty, Shawnee Mission South, junior; Niles Kahn, Spring Hill, junior; Parker Melott, Park Hill, senior; Joey Piatczyc, Lee’s Summit, sophomore; David Pool, Kansas City Christian, senior; Taylor Walter, Blue Valley, seniorDEFENDER FIRST TEAM • Devon Belew, Park Hill, senior.
Belew was a rock in the defensive backfield for the Trojans, anchoring a young team that bonded in time to make a run to the Missouri Class 3 state quarterfinals. A team captain, he finished the season with eight goals and eight assists as a sweeper and was selected the Missouri Class 3 western region defender of the year and a first-team all-state selection. He also was selected defender of the year for his conference.• Matt Peterson, Blue Valley North, junior.
One of the most impressive defenders in the East Kansas League, Peterson was selected first-team all-league and was chosen as the league’s defensive player of the year. The Mustangs finished with five shutouts, led by Peterson, who also plays for the Sporting Kansas City Juniors.• Clay Stewart, Olathe South, junior.
Another member of the Sporting Kansas City Juniors, Stewart is a three-year letterman and captain for the Falcons, who were the Kansas Class 6A state runners-up. A standout technical player and smooth passer, Stewart, who collected five assists, was instrumental in starting South’s attack from the back and was the leader of a defense that permitted only 11 goals and recorded 10 shutouts.SECOND TEAM
Eric DeJulio, Blue Valley Northwest, senior; Derek Harvey, Oak Park, senior; Julian Ramirez, Blue Springs, juniorHONORABLE MENTION
Spencer Atkin, Olathe East, junior; Matt Gardner, St. James Academy, senior; Tyler Heying, St. Thomas Aquinas, senior; Josh Hunt, Park Hill South, junior; John Mehl, Rockhurst, senior; Adam Sportsman, Smithville, sophomoreGOALKEEPER FIRST TEAM • Jacole Turner, Lee’s Summit North, senior.
Teams had a difficult time scoring on Turner, who bewildered opponents with his athleticism and strength. The Missouri Class 3 goalkeeper of the year allowed only 10 goals in 23 games, averaged 5.6 saves per game and racked up 14 shutouts throughout the season.SECOND TEAM
Kyle Gress, St. Thomas Aquinas, juniorHONORABLE MENTION
Quentin Coates, Lee’s Summit West, junior; Evan Wright, Blue Valley, senior