Archive for Thursday, July 21, 2011

3 Braves, trio of Bobcats earn All-Kaw Valley League postseason soccer honors

Players recognized include mix of youth, veteran performers for BSHS, Basehor

Bailey Hightower leads a breakaway during Bonner Springs’ 4-2 victory against Seabury Academy in the Class 4-1A regional semifinals. BSHS lost to St. James Academy 5-0 in the regional finals Thursday at David Jaynes Stadium.

Bailey Hightower leads a breakaway during Bonner Springs’ 4-2 victory against Seabury Academy in the Class 4-1A regional semifinals. BSHS lost to St. James Academy 5-0 in the regional finals Thursday at David Jaynes Stadium.

July 21, 2011

Mill Valley dominated girls soccer in the Kaw Valley League this season, and after capturing an undefeated league title the Jaguars were recognized with nine All-Kaw Valley League performers.

Molly Welsh and Melissa Seaman jostle for position while trying to gain control of the ball Wednesday at Chieftain Park during Tonganoxie's 2-0 victory.

Molly Welsh and Melissa Seaman jostle for position while trying to gain control of the ball Wednesday at Chieftain Park during Tonganoxie's 2-0 victory.

Even so, the Jaguars weren’t the only squad in the league to possess bright spots worthy of recognition. Numerous other teams had players honored for their performance, and Bonner Springs and Basehor-Linwood were no different. Both squads had three players named to the All-Kaw Valley League teams by league coaches.

Bonner Springs — which made a run to the Class 4-1A regional finals before falling to eventual state champion St. James Academy — placed two solid veterans and a crafty freshman on the All-KVL teams.

Freshman Bailey Hightower earned a spot in the Braves’ starting lineup early in the season, and she quickly became one of their top distributors. She also possessed one of the Braves’ most dangerous shots on the offensive end, and league coaches recognized her for that by placing the midfielder on the All-KVL first team.

In addition, junior forward Yessenia Hernandez — one of the league’s fastest players — and junior defender Emily Hunt garnered second-team status.

Meanwhile, Basehor-Linwood also had both veteran and youth presence on the All-KVL squad. Senior Melissa Seaman spent her entire BLHS career as one of the top defenders in the league, and this season was no different. Despite a long battle back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament tear that she suffered last year, Seaman returned to a high level and was named to the All-Kaw Valley League first team.

Also for the Bobcats, two sophomores garnered postseason recognition. Kara Stephens was selected to the first team as a utility player, and Samantha Rutherford was an honorable mention selection.

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