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COCOLAMUS – East Juniata Boys Soccer ended the season 19-4-1 during their strong season. The Tigers gave up 31 goals while scoring 101 for the year. East Juniata won the Tri-Valley League title along with the District 4 Class 1A Championship.

Meanwhile, in the Tri-Valley League, the Tigers gave up just 12 goals and conceded 76 goals for the season. East Juniata also led the league in shutouts, with seven for the year.

One of East Juniata’s All-Stars is Jake Brackbill, who not only was unanimously selected to the first-team, but also received the honor of league MVP. During his final season in the TVL, Brackbill led the league by scoring 30 league goals and having nine assists for a total of 69 points, which is the most points in the season. Brackbill also had the most points in a singles game with nine. Brackbill also had four goals in a single game twice.

With 40 points and 13 goals, both senior and first-team player Aden Fronk ranked third among top scorers and was first in the league with 14 assists. Fronk had three assists in one game.

Next on the list was Owen Dressler, who was called up to the first team. Dressler tied with Greenwood’s Evan Rice and St. Joe’s Kyle Yangula on 27 points for tenth place. The midfielder scored eight goals in total and tied for second with Millersburg’s Isaiah Dyer with 11 assists.

Senior defender Dontae Martin was also awarded the first-team pick and, like Brackbill, it was unanimous.

Martin was a key factor for the Tigers defensively helping to keep opposing offenses in check. Martin was also key on offense and Martin ended up in the top 5 during league play with 10 assists. Martin, like Fronk and Dressler, also had three assists in a game. In fact, Martin managed this feat twice.

Last but not least, goaltender Jack Hoffman, who was the fifth East Juniata player to be called up to the first team and the third player to be unanimously chosen.

Hoffman finished his senior season with the Tigers and ranked first in the TVL with saves, as Hoffman accumulated 52 total saves in the league while giving up just three goals and a 95 save rate.

With all that success, it’s no surprise that head coach Cory Fronk was named assistant coach of the year, along with Millersburg coach Madison Crum-Burger. But according to coach Fronk, he gives the children credit.

“These players were core to our ability to keep the ball. Everyone has strengths that have contributed to our success,” said Frank. “Jake has shown his ability to break free and score goals from close range and from a distance. Aden led our team and the league in assists and worked hard to come forward often to create scoring chances. Owen serves the ball very well and has a great overview.”

“Dontae won the ball back for us countless times in midfield and supported our offense all season. Jack has had a great season with our four defenders, going clean in a row at one point.” Frank continued. “He made numerous crucial saves during the season. All my players should be happy with what they have achieved this year. It takes everyone to play good football and I thank them for their hard work throughout the year.”

Boys soccer wasn’t the only one from East Juniata to receive All-Stars, as the girls soccer program was able to earn two selections in the league All-Stars.

The first was goaltender Grace Hibbs, who finished her East Juniata career in third place on saves with an 85 percentage, with 121 saves and 21 goals.

“Grace reminds me of the shortstop, Ozzie Smith. She was our sorceress. She’d make a stop and we’d think she’d never make a stop like that again, then she’d top it. She has always outdone herself.” Tigers coach Tom Feltman said. “The series that sticks in my mind was against Millersburg when they made three dive stops in a row. In so many games, this season and last, she kept us in games we had no reason to be in a game.

The other pick was junior defenseman Cadee Backer, who helped the East Juniata defense keep games tight throughout the season. The Tigers are very excited to have her back for another year.

“Cadee was our Minnie Mouse. She was oversized most of the year but her hustle and aggressiveness made all the difference.” said Feltman. “She is calm but lets her game speak for itself. She has a great attitude. She is willing to do anything we ask of her. I look forward to seeing what her senior year has in store for her.”

The Tigers also scored an all-star in golf with senior Caleb Kirk. During his senior season, Kirk played in six TVL games and averaged an 85 point total.

“Caleb was a starter for me for four years and he’s played on some really good county championship teams,” Tigers coach Mike Zendt said. “He was a very good team leader and always worked hard. He is a very good example for the other players.”

The last East Juniata player to be named a TVL All-Stars is Kendahl Stroup, who is part of the volleyball team. The junior was among the league’s top leaders for digs at 50 during league play.

“Kendahl is getting better and better season after season. This has been her best season yet as a varsity libero and we are very excited and excited for her to return for her senior season next year. Tigers coach Chloe Rougeau said. “She is one of the hardest working players on the pitch, drives herself and her teammates to be better, has a great attitude and always strives to be the best she can be.”

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