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Bulldogs fill SEMO soccer all-conference list

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

In this file photo, Sikeston's Chase Baron (10) and Hunter Taylor (7) leap for a loose ball in front of Carbondale's net Oct. 9 at the Sikeston Sports Complex. Chris Pobst, Staff
SIKESTON -- Coming off their best regular season finish in school history, the Sikeston soccer team was well represented on this year's All-SEMO Conference team as eight total Bulldogs made the cut.

"It was great to win our conference for the first time and with it comes a lot of recognition," Sikeston head coach Doyle Noe said. "I'm glad we were able to get a lot of our guys on there. They definitely deserve it."

Making the first team was a pair of seniors in Josh Hampton and Paul Hughes while junior Chase Baron and sophomore Adam Johnson were selected.

"It's great to see two of our seniors get first team honors," Noe said. "They've both had great careers here and it's good to see it end on a positive note."

Coming in on the second team squad was senior Patrick Smith and junior Steven Baker while the Bulldogs also had a pair of honorable mentions with the selection of senior Brandon Goodwin and Tyler McClinton.

Though they fell in the opening round of the Class 2, District 1 tournament, Sikeston had another memorable season this year as they continue to assault the record books.

For the first time in school history, the Bulldogs claimed the SEMO Conference title by going an undefeated 6-0 against conference opponents during the regular season.

"It's a very tough conference with a lot of good teams in it," said Noe. "Pretty much all the teams around this area that are usually pretty good year in and year out are there. Any night you face a lot of those schools, you're going to have a battle on your hands. So, it's a big achievement for us and hopefully we can build on that for next year."

En rout to a perfect finish in conference, Sikeston also posted a best-ever 19-4 record going into district play while senior goalie Hampton recorded 14 shutouts in net to break the old record of 11 set last season.

On his way to first team honors, Johnson scored a team-high 14 goals while honorable mention selection Goodwin wasn't too far off the lead with 13.

Joining Johnson on the first team, Baron had seven goals to go along with a team-high 15 assists.

On Baron's versatilely, Noe said, "He's our workhorse. He's probably one of our better, overall players on team. He's just a junior, so it's nice to have him back for another year."

First Team

Austin Bagley, Jr., Cape Central

Chandler Bagley, Jr., Cape Central

Nich Barnes, Sr., Cape Central

Andres Castro, Fr., Farmington

Logan England, Jr., Farmington

Austin Gammon, Sr., Jackson

Blake Kengree, Sr., Jackson

Stephan Brennan, Sr., Notre Dame

Luke Mocherman, Sr., Notre Dame

Francis Esquivel, Sr., Poplar Bluff

Logan Sprandel, Sr., Saxony Lutheran

Chase Baron, Jr., Sikeston

Josh Hampton, Sr., Sikeston

Paul Hughes, Sr., Sikeston

Adam Johnson, Soph., Sikeston

Second Team

Matt Chism, Jr., Cape Central

Ethan Groshing, Jr., Cape Central

Jonah Roop, Jr., Cape Central

JoJo Augustine, Sr., Farmington

Preston Arnold, Soph., Jackson

Keagan Cavanah, Sr., Jackson

Kendal Townsend, Jr., Jackson

Carson Bruenderman, Sr., Notre Dame

Logan Buchheit, Sr., Notre Dame

John Hardin, Soph., Poplar Bluff

Brandon Fritsche Sr., Saxony Lutheran

Steven Baker, Jr., Sikeston

Patrick Smith, Sr., Sikeston

Honorable Mention

Tyler Anderson, Sr., Cape Central

Eric Craiglow, Jr., Cape Central

Dante Castro, Sr., Farmington

Jimmy Moore, Sr., Farmington

Riley Bauer, Sr., Notre Dame

Christian Westrich, Sr., Notre Dame

Luis Rivera, Sr., Poplar Bluff

Anthony Etzold, Sr., Saxony Lutheran

Brandon Goodwin, Sr., Sikeston

Tyler McClinton, Soph., Sikeston

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