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All-Mid-Columbia Conference (MCC) Girls Soccer Teams (2012 Season)
Chiawana senior forward Lexi Miller was named the Mid-Columbia Conference (MCC) MVP for girls soccer.
Miller led the MCC in goals (20) and assists (13). She is the only Chiawana player to make the first team. Hanford had four players on the first team, followed by Richland and Kamiakin with three each.
Chris Erikson, whose Kamiakin Braves went 13-1 to win the MCC title, was named the Coach of the Year.
MVP: Lexi Miller, sr., Chiawana.
Coach of the Year: Chris Erikson, Kamiakin.
Goalkeeper: Emily Busselman, jr., Hanford.
Defenders: Serena Robertson, sr., Richland; Lauren McKinney, jr., Kamiakin; mma Sanders, sr., Southridge; Savanna Steele, sr., Hanford.
Midfielders: Abby Buckenberger, jr., Pasco; Hannah Sanders, jr., Southridge; Brianna Turley, jr., Kamiakin; Bret Baysinger, jr., Hanford; Sydney Shintaffer, jr., Hanford; Katherine Virden, jr., Richland.
Forwards: Lexi Miller, sr., Chiawana; Ellie Heiden, jr., Kamiakin; Kirsten Calmus, sr., Richland.
Goalkeeper: Sydnee Grant, sr., Kamiakin.
Defenders: Lexi Ellingsen, jr., Chiawana; Kailee Carneau, sr., Richland; Heather Donais, fr., Kamiakin; Cassidy Rush, jr., Pasco.
Midfielders: Michelle Foster, jr., Southridge; Andes Archibald, jr., Richland; Megan Young, sr., Kamiakin; Megan Zimmerman, so., Pasco; Courtney Winston, sr., Chiawana.
Forwards: Samantha Heilman, fr., Richland; Alexis Stephenson, so., Chiawana; Sydney Virgen, jr., Pasco.
Defenders: Monica Rowley, jr., Hanford; Jaclyn Parnell, sr., Richland; Allie Greene, sr., Walla Walla; Rachel Ensign, fr., Kamiakin.
Midfielders: Megan Young, sr., Kennewick; Alyssa Conger, sr., Chiawana.
Forwards: Rachel Young, so., Kamiakin; Braydey Hodgins, fr., Chiawana; Brigit Lyons, sr., Walla Walla.
Here is a Mid-Columbia Conference look at the 2012 season for girls high school soccer:
Kamiakin returns the top forward in the area in Ellie Heiden, along with all-state GK Sydnee Grant. With big wins over Gonzaga Prep, Pasco and Chiawana, the Braves will be the favorites. Richland, last year's CBBN 4A champ, will be a top contender with seven starters returning, including all four defenders, top scorer Kirsten Calmus and top playmaker Katherine Virden.
Chiawana could challenge with CBBN 4A scoring leader F Lexi Miller and a strong cast of eight returning starters. Courtney Winston and Molly Sullivan, sisters of former Pasco stars Kaylie Winston and Morgan Sullivan, could make a strong impact. Hanford is counting on MF Deanna Quadrel's quick return from ACL surgery in March. The Falcons will need strong leadership from senior D Savanna Steele, and juniors MF Sydney Shintaffer and F Bret Baysinger.
Pasco is poised to make a big jump in the standings with nine returning starters and six reserves with varsity experience. Behind Sydney Virgen and Abby Buckenberger, the Bulldogs will no longer have to fight to stay out of the cellar. Defending CBBN 3A champion Southridge may be down, but don't count the Suns out yet. They have two of the league's best MF in Hannah Sanders and Michelle Foster, plus returning all-league D Emma Sanders. Walla Walla returns F Paige Pontarolo, one of the league's top scorers a year ago. Kennewick didn't win a game in 2011, but F Kennedy Woodrich and MF Stephanie Wilson will be at the center of the big push for a 'W'.