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Several area players earn Foothills honors

November 15, 2012
By PAUL WAGER ( , The Leader Herald

Several area players were among those honored on the recently announced Foothills Council girls soccer all-star team.

Broadalbin-Perth coach Rob Klug was selected as the league's Coach of the Year, while South Glens Falls senior forward Sammy Blizzard and Glens Falls senior forward Miranda Haraughty shared Player of the Year honors.

Five area players were named first-team all-stars, including Broadalbin-Perth's Heather Cheney, Gloversville's Alexis Capasso, Broadalbin-Perth's Katie Herba, Gloversville's Chanel Thomas and Broadalbin-Perth's Victoria Marotta.

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Broadalbin-Perth’s Katie Herba (6) fires a shot on goal while under pressure from Caroline Forbes (18) and Rachel Vanderminden, right, during the first half of an Oct. 1 Foothills Council game at Patriot Field in Broadalbin. Herba recently was named a first-team Foothills Council all-star. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

Cheney, a senior defender, had one goal for the Lady Patriots this season.

"Heather [Cheney] was responsible for marking the other team's main goal scorer and did a great job at it for four years," Klug said.

Herba, a junior forward, had 31 goals and 15 assists this season for B-P, which finished in a four-way tie for the league title with Queensbury, South Glens Falls and Scotia-Glenville.

"Katie [Herba] is a very unselfish, creative player that can score goals as well as create them," Klug said.

Marotta, a senior midfielder, had nine goals and six assists for the Lady Patriots this season.

"Victoria [Marotta] is a very hard working player whose hard work, leadership, and consistent play will be missed next year," Klug said.

Thomas, a junior forward, finished with 13 goals and four assists for the Lady Dragons this season.

"Chanel [Thomas] scored or assisted on every goal we had this year except one,' Gloversville coach Mike Hallenbeck said.

Capasso, a senior goalkeeper, posted 172 saves this season for Gloversville.

Also named first-team Foothills Council all-stars were Scotia-Glenville's Sophie Constantino, Rachael Cox and Max Culhane; South Glens Falls' Paige Howk; and Queensbury's Brittany LaPlant and Dani Taormino.

In addition to the five first-team selections, four other area players earned second-team honors.

That group included Broadalbin-Perth's Kylie Gifford, Johnstown's Kayla Groesbeck, Broadalbin-Perth's Rachel Orapello and Broadalbin-Perth's Cassidy Washburn.

Gifford, a sophomore forward, scored 12 goals this season for B-P.

"Kylie [Gifford] was a very hard working player that will only continue to get better each year," Klug said.

Washburn, a senior sweeper, and Orapello, a junior goalkeeper, were key components of the Lady Patriots' defense.

"Cassidy [Washburn] anchored a defense that had 12 shutouts, which set a school record," Klug said. "She also was a great leader in the back."

Washburn finished with one goal and one assist for B-P.

Orapello was credited with all 12 shutouts in goal for the Lady Patriots this season.

"In her first year playing in the goal, she had 12 shutouts, which set a school record," Klug said. "Rachel [Orapello] is very athletic and was a natural in the position."

Groesbeck, a senior defender, has the unenviable task of slowing down some of Section II's top scorers.

"Kayla [Groesbeck] was given the task of defending the best player on the opposing team, which in the Foothills was no easy task because three of the opposing players were in the top five of Section II in scoring," Johnstown coach Colleen Froschauer said. "She caused these offensive standouts to struggle to get touches and shots on goal. Defense isn't always about who is the most skilled player, but defense is all about heart and hard work and Kayla was a great example of both."

Rounding out the second team were Scotia-Glenville's Morgan Bailey and Ceci Hyland; South Glens Falls' Sydney Coon, Sami Hubinsky, Kayla Lingel and Taylor Pechtel; Queensbury's Cat Hand and Colleen Rice; and Glens Falls' Megan Kanofsky.

Four other area players earned honorable-mention status.

Broadalbin-Perth senior midfielder Michaela Hills, Johnstown senior midfielder Courtney Cirillo, Gloversville senior defender Dayna Peck and Broadalbin-Perth senior forward Carly Washburn all were named to the honorable mention team.

Washburn finished with nine assists and four goals this season for B-P, while Hills scored three goals.

Cirillo served as a team captain for the Lady Bills this season.

"Courtney served an important role on our team this past season, not just as a captain, but as a center midfielder also," Froschauer said. "This position is the core of our team and along with Kendra McCoy they dictated the flow of the game, distributed the ball to our offense and defended - we could never afford for them to take a play off. Courtney's importance to the team goes beyond her skills on the field - her leadership and intensity helped motivate and drive the rest of the team."

Rounding out the honorable mention team were Queensbury's Jillian Davis, Claire Hubbs and Katie Shevlin; Hudson Falls' Emily Gallagher and Kylie Goodbred; Scotia-Glenville's Grace Marola; South Glens Falls' Kelsey McKeighan; and Glens Falls' Rachel Vanderminden.

Foothills Council Girls Soccer All-Stars

Players of the Year

Sammy Blizzard (South Glens Falls), Miranda Haraughty (Glens Falls)

Coach of the Year

Rob Klug (Broadalbin-Perth)

First Team

Sammy Blizzard (South Glens Falls), Alexis Capasso (Gloversville), Heather Cheney (Broadalbin-Perth), Sophie Constantino (Scotia-Glenville), Rachael Cox (Scotia-Glenville), Max Culhane (Scotia-Glenville), Miranda Haraughty (Glens Falls), Katie Herba (Broadalbin-Perth), Paige Howk (South Glens Falls), Brittany LaPlant (Queensbury), Victoria Marotta (Broadalbin-Perth), Dani Taormino (Queensbury), Chanel Thomas (Gloversville)

Second Team

Morgan Bailey (Scotia-Glenville), Sydney Coon (South Glens Falls), Kylie Gifford (Broadalbin-Perth), Kayla Groesbeck (Johnstown), Cat Hand (Queensbury), Sami Hubinsky (South High), Ceci Hyland (Scotia-Glenville), Megan Kanofsky (Glens Falls), Kayla Lingel (South Glens Falls), Rachael Orapello (Broadablin-Perth), Taylor Pechtel (South Glens Falls), Colleen Rice (Queensbury), Cassidy Washburn (Broadalbin-Perth)

Honorable Mention

Courtney Cirillo (Johnstown), Jillian Davis (Queensbury), Emily Gallagher (Hudson Falls), Kylie Goodbred (Hudson Falls), Michaela Hills (Broadalbin-Perth), Claire Hubbs (Queensbury), Grace Marola (Scotia-Glenville), Kelsey McKeighan (South Glens Falls), Dayna Peck (Gloversville), Katie Shevlin (Queensbury), Rachel Vanderminden (Glens Falls), Carly Washburn (Broadalbin-Perth)



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