Maddie Roark walked off with an armload of special honors and awards from the Seymour girls soccer awards program Monday night in the Seymour High School cafeteria.

Roark, a senior, was named Seymour’s most valuable player.

Coach Greg Musser said Roark did a nice job of fitting in with the Owls and became a team leader after transferring from Trinity Lutheran.

Roark and junior teammate Elizabeth Lenart were named to the All-Hoosier Hills Conference first team, while sophomores Aidan Hiester and Bailey Lykins were named All-HHC honorable mention.

Roark was named to the all-district first team, and Lenart was named to the second team.

Musser said by adding a third class this season, that cut down the number of districts and added more teams to each district.

“We had about 70 schools in our district, and to have two girls on the all-district team is a big accomplishment,” he said. “Maddie will play in the All-State Showcase at North Central High School in Indianapolis Nov. 18 and 19, where she will get to show her talent. There will be several college coaches there.”

Carmin Smith, a junior, received the coaches award.

“She did everything right,” Musser said. “She worked hard and never complained. She always wanted to lead.”

Lykins, a sophomore, was named the top team player.

“We moved her around to many positions, and she always did a good job,” Musser said. “She found a home in the middle of the field.”

Lykins was named the most improved varsity player.

“She started out as an intermediate player, and by the end of the season, I could put her on the field, and I knew she wouldn’t miss a beat,” Musser said.

Musser announced that Taylor Heckman, Smith, Lenart, Kristina Griffin, Haley Carpenter and Yesenia Varela received academic all-state awards. He said players had to be either a junior or a senior and had to carry a grade-point average of 3.7 or higher to qualify for that award.

Heckman was the only player to receive a four-year award.

Abby Hankins was named the most improved junior varsity player, and Jimena Leal was named the most valuable JV player.

The JV finished with a record of 5-1-2.

“The JV did a good job of driving our varsity girls to work harder,” Musser said.

Musser completed his sixth season as head coach of the SHS girls, and he said the record of 12-5-1 this fall is his best in Seymour.

The Owls were 4-3 in the HHC, which placed them fourth in the standings. They won the Hoosier Cup at Bloomington for the first time.

The Owls lost to Floyd Central 3-2 in the sectional.

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