By Chris Chaney
As the weather turns colder and fall moves into winter the postseason awards for the first season of the 2012-13 school year are being released.
Both the Southern Buckeye Conference and the Eastern Cincinnati Conference have released their end-of-the-season girls’ soccer awards with many local athletes receiving recognition for their stellar play.
Among the individuals honored for the highest awards of Player and Coach of the Year were four Clermont County individuals.
Three coaches were named the Coach of the Year in their respective conferences, Clermont Northeastern’s Misty Goetz, Amelia’s Amy Kemmer and Milford’s Pat Winkler.
The honor was a surprising one for CNE’s Goetz. The coach hadn’t even planned on being on the sidelines this year, but the success of the Lady Rockets seems to have changed her mind.
“It was a great honor,” she said. “I resigned at the end of last season, but due to unforeseen circumstances, I was asked to come back and coach this season and now it sounds like I’m in for the long run.
“But coming back and coaching, it was definitely an honor this year because we didn’t even come in first place in the league, we came in second. I think to me, it shows that the other coaches, who are all incredible coaches, for them to choose me was an incredible honor.”
Winkler, on the other hand, is simply adding the hardware to his trophy case. Instead of putting up yet another Fort Ancient Valley Conference Coach of the Year award, the Lady Eagles coach is expanding his reach as he claimed his first ECC Coach of the Year award.
Winker won the Coach of the Year award each of the last four years of the FAVC’s existence and he started a new streak this year as his team went 10-3-4 overall and 5-0-1 in the conference to take the crown in the inaugural year in the ECC.
Kemmer, along the same lines as Winkler, has been a mainstay in the SBC American Division and widely regarded as one of the best coaches in the city year in and year out.
This season, Kemmer led her Lady Barons’ team to a 9-2-5 overall record and a 7-0-3 league mark en route to a Division Championship.
As for the players, Batavia’s senior midfielder and forward, Mackenzie Fisler was named the Player of the Year in the SBC-National Division.
The senior led the Lady Bulldogs to a 16-2 record, including going 15-1 in the regular season and a perfect 10-0 in conference.
The Lady Bulldogs made a sectional semifinal appearance before losing to the Ross Rams 2-1 to end their season.
Fisler led the city in points and goals scored with 72 and 32 respectively.
Joining Fisler on the National Division First Team were teammates Dawn Goodspeed, Bri Osborne, Kylee Richardson and Morgan Turner.
Four players from Coach of Year Goetz’s team were named First Team selections. They were Jenny Erickson, Jessica Kirby, Jackie Sullivan and Emma Wright.
Rounding out the First Team were two Felicity-Franklin upperclassmen: junior Kelsey Arkenau and senior Arica Stutz and a trio of Williamsburg Lady Wildcats: Alyssa Donthnier, Emma Imbus and Mallory Guess.
On the National Division Second Team were Batavia’s Gabby Bond, Hannah Nelson, Erin O’Brien and Allison Wagoner; CNE’s Marissa Chambers, Madison Purdy and Kaitlin Reece; Felicity’s Alexis Faubion, Taylor Louderback and Williamsburg’s Shannon Dewey and Rebekah Garrett.
In the SBC American Division, the First Team was made up of Amelia’s Danielle Lang, Allison McDaniel, Marissa Stone, Courtney Tackett and Madison Terry, Bethel-Tate’s Miranda Anter and Taylor Atkins, Goshen’s Hannah Owens and New Richmond’s Jill Flenninken and Sarah Glenn.
On the Second Team were four more from Amelia: Andrea Bresser, Ashlee Holcombe, Olivia Thompson and Mackenzie Wolfson, Bethel’s Morgan Calhoun and Sydney Kilgore, Goshen’s Haley Halcomb and Brittany Clark and New Richmond’s Riley Deweese and Maren Hance.
Among those locals honored in the ECC were First Team selections Kayla Byrnside, Meghan Canter and Kiersten Johnson of Milford and Morgan Terry of Glen Este.
On the ECC Second Team were Shannon Foxton, Makenna Lavatori, Katelyn Poehner and Ally Saylor of Glen Este and Mackenzie Kern and Erin Beurket of Milford.
Stephanie Price of Milford and Madi Velten on Glen Este were Honorable Mentions.