MARYVILLE, Mo. — The Spoofhound soccer team continued to pull in awards following their run to the state quarterfinals this past season. Maryville had three players recognized on the Missouri All-State and Academic All-State teams.
“It is a great feeling for any coach to have one of their players be on that All-State team whether it is first team, second team or honorable mention,” Maryville coach Dale Reuter said. “They were very deserving of it.”
Junior forward Morgan Pettlon was a First Team All-State selection — the first time in her career she has received any all-state recognition.
The oft-injured goal scorer battled through injuries all season again this year, but despite that, Pettlon led the team with 42 goals and eight assists this season.
“It shows the passion and the guys and the strength that she has to just stay in there, go as far as she did and make those scores happen for her team,” Reuter said.
Reuter is already looking forward to next year to see what a healthy Pettlon could be capable of with a full season.
“I know that she is going to play at the next level and I hope that she has the great senior year that she wants next year — without being injured,” Reuter said.
Aubrey Jones capped her senior year with the Spoofhounds by making Second Team All-State. Jones moved back from an outside midfielder spot last season to a defensive spot this season with the graduations of Becky Meyers and Annika Johnson.
“She has really worked hard and had a great senior year,” Reuter said. “The all-state team is something she deserved to get.”
Jones could have complained, but Reuter says that sort of thing isn't in her nature. Instead Jones excelled on that end of the field and a was huge key for the team's strong defense.
“She put the team first and that is just what she does,” Reuter said. “She is a good ball player and she has done everything I've asked of her. … She really took it and ran with it.”
Senior Kate Yocom rounded out the Spoofound honorees by being selected for the Academic All-State team.
“I am very proud of her for that achievement,” Reuter said.
BASEBALL ACADEMIC ALL-STATE
Nodaway County had five players selected as Academic All-State selections in baseball.
Northeast Nodaway saw senior Chet Spire and juniors Ethan Adwell and Reed McIntyre recognized while Platte Valley had seniors Nate Jermain and Taylar Freemyer honored.