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End of Season Awards Announced

Last Friday, all three teams joined together, with parents, for one final outing…this time to celebrate the 2017 season.

Coach Schmidt and (Sam) Anderson celebrated their team’s 7-win season.  Cole Williams was announced as the Fresh-Soph team’s Rookie of the Year. Michael Trunnell was named the team’s Most Improved Player. Jake Voss and Zach Galvin were named Dual/Co Most Outstanding Players. And Kyle Spaete was given the Coaches Choice Award.

Coach (Clark) Anderson introduced the Jr Varsity team members, and gave praises to the players, parents, and others that made his first year so enjoyable and memorable.  The JV team also finished with 7 wins on the season.

The Varsity season was also summarized, and individuals were recognized with Team Awards, All-Metro, and All-Conference selections.  See table with awards below. Any All-State awards will be announced in mid/late June.

Additionally, at the end of the meeting, Coach (Sam) Anderson announced that this was his final season on the sidelines.  As many people know, he and his wife Kirstin are expecting their first baby, any day.  And while being a new Dad presents its own challenges, so does starting a new church.  Sam is the Student Ministry Leader for Veritas Cedar Rapids, and his workload has grown with the growth of the church. Best wishes to Sam and his family, we appreciate all that he has done for our program over the last 4 years.

2017 Team Records
CombinedVarsityJr. VarsityFresh-Soph
23 wins-14 losses-4 ties9 wins-9 losses7 wins-2 losses-2 ties7 wins-3 losses-2 ties
Varsity Letterwinners
SeniorsJuniors
SophomoresFreshmenHonorary Letterwinners
Keith Brendes
Alex Davenport
Noah Martin
Nathan Nowzari
Cody Ritter
Austin Cochrane
Danny Peak
Cade Sanders
Patrick Talley
Grant Wagner
Koby Wesselink
Tanner Wong
Ethan Fish
Mohamed Tawfik
Kody Waterman
Brandon RausMauro Diaz
Brendan Healey
Ben McCullough
Nate Mentzer
Michael Scheldrup
Ben Steinbach
Bruno Vallim*
*Honorary Letters are given to Varsity & JV players who are in their 4th Year or are Foreign Exchange Students.
Team Awards
Rookie of the YearMost Improved PlayerMost Outstanding PlayerLM Senior AwardJon DeKock Coach's Award
Ethan FishPatrick TalleyDanny PeakNoah MartinBen McCullough
All-State
First-TeamSecond-TeamHonorable MentionSenior All-Star Game Participant
------Danny PeakNoah Martin
All-Conference
First-TeamSecond-TeamHonorable MentionAll-Academic
Noah Martin
Danny Peak
Ethan Fish
Cody Ritter
Mohamed Tawfik
Alex Davenport
Koby Wesselink
Donny Fejfar
Ben Steinbach
All-Metro
First-TeamSecond-TeamHonorable Mention
Noah Martin
Danny Peak
Mohamed Tawfik
Koby Wesselink
Ethan Fish
Cody Ritter
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The regular season ends tonight

Tonight's Starting Lineup

Tonight’s Starting Lineup

Earlier in the week, as we practiced on the stadium turf, guys took regular breaks for water, wore shorts and cutoff shirts, and complained about the heat.  Tonight, as we stepped off the bus at an overcast and windy Cedar Valley Soccer Complex, our players put on layers, used extra jerseys as hoods, and feverishly searched their bags for gloves, pants, and anything that might deflect the cold…. Fresh-Soph played first, and despite the final score of 0-1, won their game, as Cedar Falls does not have a true 9/10 team and plays with Juniors and Seniors, which of course, is against MVC bylaws and calls for an automatic forfeit.  The Fresh-Soph team ended their season with a record of 7-3-2.

In the Varsity game, both the Tigers and Lions were looking to build momentum as they head into next Monday’s Substate matches.  Linn-Mar appeared to control play in the first half, while Cedar Falls took some of that away in the second half.  Coincidentally, the wind was with each of the teams during the halves that they controlled. Both defenses and goalkeepers were called on to make saves during the first half, but to both disappointment, no tallies were recorded.  The closest came in the 36th minute when defender Tanner Wong (Junior) directed the ball at goal, from a high defensive position on the wing…problem was, the wind carried the ball more than desired and the crossbar ended up with the biggest save of the night.  The Lions finally broke through in the 75th minute, as Keith Brendes (Senior) found Danny Peak (Junior) and a slip by the defender, allowed Peak to slot the ball past an oncoming goalkeeper.  Linn-Mar held on for the 1-0 win, their 9th win of the season, and now begin the process of narrowing down a 30-man field to 22, to get ready for the playoffs. Man of the Match, Ethan Fish.


 

This afternoon, the Lions hit the road…one more time to the Cedar a Valley Soccer Complex (vs Cedar Falls). Last Tuesday, the team played Waterloo East at the same location and came away with a 4-0 win.  Linn-Mar hopes to come away with another win, and carry a two-game win streak into next Monday’s Substate opening round game.  Last year, both Fresh-Soph and Varsity came away with shutouts against the Tigers…2-0 and 8-0, respectively. Check back after the game for a full recap!

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It’s SENIOR Night…Lions host J-Hawks

Tonight's Starting Lineup

Tonight’s Starting Lineup

Despite the recent heat-wave, Tuesday night was a great night for players, officials, coaches, and fans, alike. The Fresh-Soph team earned a 2-0 win against Jefferson, in their final home game of the season. And as the Seniors were introduced to a great crowd, clouds rolled in, the sun stayed behind them (making it feel less hot), and winds died down. Both teams had some good looks at goal during the first half, but in the second half, it was much more in the Lions’ favor. Cody Waterman (Sophomore) got Linn-Mar on the board first as Patrick Talley played a long through-ball between defenders and Waterman outran the defenders to win the wall and tuck it away. Mohammed Tawfik (Sophomore) made it 2-0 (unassisted) two minutes later, as a loose ball at the top of the 18 flew by the outstretched goalkeeper’s hands. Brandon Raus (Freshman) returned to form (injury caused him to miss the last three weeks) as he and Danny Peak (Junior) outraced retreating defenders on a breakaway. Peak started the play, and unselfishly gave the ball to Raus to finish it. It was only fitting on, Senior Night, that Captain (and Senior), Noah Martin would cap off the scoring as Peak would again assist on a goal. This time he would find Martin on a back-post run, and Noah put his, trademarked, flowing hair on the ball and beat the goalie at the near post. As discussed over the last week, the team really needed a pick-me-up and hopefully this will jump-start the scoring, build confidence, and continue into Thursday’s final regular season game, at Cedar Falls. Man of the Match was Danny Peak.


Tonight, the Lions play host to the Jefferson J-Hawks, in their final regular season game at Linn-Mar Stadium.  The team will honor both Varsity and Jr Varsity Seniors prior to the start of the Varsity contest, likely around 6:30pm. Last year, when the two teams met, the J-Hawk Fresh-Soph team beat the Lions 2-0, but only before the Varsity team scored 5 goals in their conference opener, winning by a final of 5-1.  The matchup features head coaches who were roommates in college, and who both started their coaching careers at Jefferson High School.  Throw records out the window for this matchup…anything is possible.  Check back following the game for a recap of tonight’s events.

Members of the Class of 2017...Special Thanks to Cast of Thousands Photography

Members of the Class of 2017…Special Thanks to Cast of Thousands Photography

Despite this being slated as the last home game, it’s actually not…Linn-Mar will play one more game at home, next Monday, May 22nd at 5pm vs Marshalltown, in the opening round of the Substate Tournament.