News from the Tennessee Valley Sports
FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2007

Daily All-area Girls Soccer

Player of the year:

Meg Adams, Decatur High

Adams, a junior, improved on her 2006 season when she was The Daily’s player of the year by scoring 16 goals and adding seven assists. Her quick-strike ability forced teams to gameplan for her, opening up holes for teammates. She was selected to the Birmingham News’ all-state first team this year as well as to the Lakeshore Shootout all-tournament team. She was an honorable mention all-state player in 2006. She guided the Lady Red Raiders to the Class 5A semifinals.

First team girls all-area

Georgia Gamble (Decatur High): Sophomore started and played in every game for the Lady Red Raiders, who made it to the state Class 5A semifinals. Scored 10 goals and added seven assists from her midfield position. Began playing on the varsity in eighth grade. She was a Birmingham News’ all-state honorable mention this season.

Hannah McAndrew (Athens High): Scored 15 goals and had six assists as a senior forward, leading the Lady Golden Eagles to the 5A semifinals. She was on the 2007 Indian-Eagle Tournament all-tournament team and will go to UNA.

Lauren Polk (Athens): A three-year letterman for Athens, she has one more year to play for the Lady Golden Eagles. The goalkeeper came up with 130 saves as Athens reached the 5A semifinals.

Arlee Sowder (Brewer High): Though only a freshman, Sowder has been starting on the varsity since seventh grade. She scored 16 goals and tallied seven assists while splitting time at forward and center-midfield. She was named to the all-tournament team at the Morgan County tournament.

Jackie Tubb (East Limestone High): One of the area’s best this year, Tubb scored a school single-season record 37 goals before the Class 4A playoffs, gaining her 2007 Birmingham News first-team honors. She scored a school-record six goals in a game this season, and was named MVP of the Blue Water Polo Classic as a 10th-grader. She has signed a scholarship to Southern Wesleyan in South Carolina.

Jessica Kay (East Limestone): The senior sweeper was part of a unit that tallied a school-record 15 shutouts. She was the MVP of the Mars Hill tournament, where she scored three goals in the final game. Kay earned a place on the Birmingham News’ all-state first team.

Ashley Self (Harstelle High): Team captain scored 16 goals. Self, a senior with four years experience, was given the MVP Offense award by the coaches.

Leah Kelly (Austin High): The 17-year-old junior forward scored 15 goals in 2007. She won the Austin High Golden Boot Award for most goals and helped the team win the Morgan County tournament championship.

Anna Zellner (Austin): The junior defender plays for the club team Raptors as well as she is on the Olympic Development Program team. She was all-Morgan County tournament in 2006 and 2007 and was named the team MVP this past season.

Stephanie Varner (Priceville High): Varner, a junior midfielder, scored six goals, including two off direct kicks. She was a perfect 3-for-3 on penalty kicks this season. She was voted the team’s MVP and co-captain this past season, and is a two-time member of the all-Morgan County tournament team.

Second Team

Austin: Stephanie White and Leslie Kirk; Decatur: Claire Walker, Meghan Schmidt and Shannon Laughlin; East Limestone: Paige Boersma and Emily Buhrman; Hartselle: Toraineya Nicholas and Leigh Ann McNamara; Priceville: Whitley Scruggs; West Morgan: Rachel Gentry.

Honorable mention

East Limestone: Kat Kenney, Jae Keiser and Brooke Kay; Hartselle: Nancy Canafax and Kristie Osborne; Priceville: Michelle Downs.

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