Six Huskies named Mid-Penn all-stars

Sentinel file photo Mifflin County’s Jessica Bickhart (18) was one of six soccer players chosen for the Mid-Penn all-stars. Bickhart was the only first team selection. Both the boys’ and girls’ teams had three all-stars.

LEWISTOWN — Six Mifflin County soccer players made their first foray into the Mid-Penn Keystone a successful one by landing on the season ending all-star team.

On the girls’ side, sophomore forward Jessica Bickhart made the first team, while senior defenseman Laurel Maclay and sophomore goalie Alyssa Schnell landed on the second team.

Bickhart, who battled with injuries for most of the season, led the Huskies with nine goals.

“In my respects, Jessica is as valuable to our team as some of the more talented players around the Mid-Penn Keystone Division were to their squads,” Mifflin County coach Jeremy Herwig said. “But, when we needed someone to battle in tight quarters, win the ball, and possess the ball to give us offensive hope, in my eyes, there were none better.”

Maclay was the leading defender for Mifflin County and Schnell collected 30 saves in goal.

“Every team, be it a last-place team or a first-place team, has one player who has that one intangible that is so important to the make-up of a team,” Herwig said. “It’s a player who leads and contributes on and off the field and is not afraid to put in the hard work. It’s a player who understands her role and gets the most out of her minutes when called upon. That’s the kind of player Alyssa is.

“Laurel anchored our defense in which her play allowed our defensive line room to grow and perform with confidence and depth. She is a dedicated player to her team who never stopped learning and growing as a player. Our coaching staff is proud of our Lady Huskies’ commitment and competitiveness throughout the entire season. They do not give up on each other and wear their hearts on their sleeves. This is what makes this group of girls so special.”

On the boys’ side, juniors Thomas Remy, John Suydam and Sean Page were second team selections.

Team captains midfielder Remy, and defenseman Suydam led the Huskies throughout the season.

“Thomas Remy was one of our team captains. Thomas was a player we used anywhere in the middle of the field because he understood every role,” Mifflin County coach Robert Lepley said. “Most of the time he was stationed as a central defensive midfielder because of his ability to find the pass up through the middle and begin the attack forward. He ended the season with four goals and four assists.

“Jon Suydam, another team captain, played alongside Sean Page in the back as our central defenders. Jon was a quiet leader on the pitch who led by example with his consistent defensive play. Jon rarely came out of the game for a substitution, played through multiple injuries, and kept other defenders organized. Jon is a smart player that possesses great vision of the game.”

Page lined up on defense and, when needed, had the skills to help out with a Mifflin County offensive rush.

“Sean Page was our last stop. Sean has an incredible amount of speed and was able to recover when there were mistakes made up field and the opponent started a counterattack,” Lepley said. “He is a scrappy player who can read the game well and wouldn’t hesitate to join an offensive attack from the back line. Sean ended the season scoring one goal, but brought extra offensive pressure into the final third.

“All these boys we had make the team, made it due to the fact they are all dynamic and dedicated to the sport. Each of them have their own unique style, but worked well as our “triangle” in the back. They were dependable and they were leaders.”