Seymour names senior standout as most valuable

For The Tribune

Seymour’s Kyle Jones came into the 2015 soccer season with the reputation of being an outstanding soccer player.

Owls coach Matt Dennis said he did many things this fall to uphold that level of play.

On Monday night, Jones topped off the season by being named most valuable player, among other honors, at the awards program held in the school cafeteria.

“He played the game the right way,” Dennis said.

Jones, a four-year varsity letterman, was named to the Indiana Soccer Coaches Association all-district team, and will play in the district showcase in Indianapolis on Nov. 21 and 22.

Dennis will coach one of the district teams at the showcase.

Jones was also named to the Hoosier Hills All-Conference first team, the academic all-state team and as Seymour’s outstanding mid fielder.

Brantley Adams was also named to the HHC first team, while Daniel Hartman and Griffin Sciarra were honorable mention.

Adams, who was a team captain this season, scored two goals and had four assists.

“He was a positive leader and saw the game very well in front of him,” Dennis said.

Hartman received the attacker award, as he topped the team in scoring with six goals and four assists for 16 points.

Sciarra, a captain, received the outstanding defender award.

“He was our most vocal player, and he held guys accountable,” Dennis said.

Korey White received the coach’s award, and Austin Hatfield was named the most improved player.

“Korey was the heart-and-sole of the team,” Dennis said. “He gave us everything he had. We cut our opponents’ goals from 44 in 2014 to 27 this year and Austin was a big reason.”

Hatfield allowed 1.7 goals per match.

Mason Pottschmidt was named the top team player, which is presented by the soccer coaches’ association.

Adams, Cole Luedeman, Pottschmidt and Sciarra joined Jones in receiving academic all-state honors.

“This is the most successful season we’ve had in the last seven seasons,” Dennis said, as the Owls were 11-6-2 this fall and finished 2-3-2 in the HHC. “That 11 could have been a few more.”

Dennis said five players scored five or more goals.

“We had 19 score either a goal or an assist,” he said. “That is pretty impressive since we had 15 new players this season. That is a testament that these boys played hard for one-another.”

There were 34 players on the team including 16 on the junior varsity.

Assistant coach Greg Jones said the JV finished 8-2, outscored their opponents 36-4 and had seven shutouts.

Brayan Torres received the JV most valuable player award and Brayden Trinkle was named the most improved.

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Arv Koontz is a sports correspondent for The (Seymour) Tribune.