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Orwig leads 2019 TVL boys’ All-Star selections

The East Juniata golf team dominated in league play with an 11-1 record and claimed the 2019 Tri-Valley League title as well as four TVL All-Star selections with junior Will Orwig being named the 2019 TVL Golf MVP.

Orwig had an average score of 77 in league play, earning him MVP honors.

“He has been a good leader for the younger players on the team and I look forward to having him back next year,” Tigers coach Mike Zendt said.

Tanner Barth also earned first-team honors. The sophomore had an average score of 79.17 in the league.

“He is the hardest worker on the team, and the fruits of his labor are beginning to show,” Zendt said. “He was second to Will at the District 4 3A championship and has been our 1B player all year. He has shown great improvement because of the work that he has put in over the summer and throughout the year.”

The lone senior among the group selected to first team was Mitchell Watts. Watts had an average score of 89.60.

“Has been an integral part of our team success over the past two years, he wasn’t the number one player, but he had a knack for coming in with the score that we needed to win a lot of matches over his two years of playing,” Zendt said. “We won the District 4 3A team championship the last two years, and he was an important player in both of those victories.”

Max Lauver rounds out the four selected to first team. The sophomore had a league scoring average of 90.50.

“Has shown shown steady improvement in his two years of playing,” Zendt said. “He has played at some very difficult golf courses, and I believe that is helping him to get better. He also has been a key player for us as he has come in with some very important scores in key victories.”

Along with the team’s success, coach Zendt was rewarded with the Coach of the Year award.

“Obviously, when you have the horses, like I do it makes my job very easy,” Zendt said. “They have put in the necessary work to get us to where we are today. The coach of the year award is due in large part to what they have done over the summer in putting in the necessary work to get better. I am reaping the rewards of their hard work.”

The Juniata Indians finished second in the Tri-Valley League West division in boys soccer with a (10-4) record and had six players selected to the TVL All-Stars. Four were named first team while the other two were given second team honors.

Senior forward Tad Shellenberger was voted first team unanimously. Shellenberger led the league among scoring leaders with 63 points. Shellenberger was also first in goals scored with 27 in the TVL and had nine assists.

“A player that has put in a lot of hard work over his four-year career. He will go down as the career scoring record and single season scoring record holder for Juniata high school boys soccer,” Indians coach Jared Byler said. “Tad’s ability to score goals at will was a lot of fun to watch the past few years. Tad is one the best attacking players I have coached over my career.”

Stuart Dare was a first-team selection as well. The junior midfielder had 29 points, 11 goals and seven assists.

“Stuart plays every game the way the game should be played from an emotional standpoint, he plays every game as if it were his last,” Byler said. “A player with a lot of passion and energy for the game. Stuart worked very hard this year to get better at every phase of the game. Stuart still has a lot of potential to give to this program and I am excited to see him grow as a player.”

Junior goal keeper Johnny Dessin was also given a first-team nod. Dessin was one of the top goalies in the league in save percentage with a percentage of 81.93 and made 68 saves.

“Johnny is a great goalkeeper that continues to improve every practice and every game,” Byler said. “Johnny has the ability to make the most incredible saves that many high school keepers would struggle with and at the same time, make it look routine. He has grown so much over the course of this season and is one the reasons our team had success this year.”

Last but certainly not least among the first team selections is senior defender Barrett Walters.

“One of the best defenders I have ever coached, Barrett knew how to use his size and tactical awareness to the best of his ability, to make it very difficult for attacking players to be successful against him,” Byler said. “Not only is Barrett good at winning balls defensively, but, he improved greatly at helping our team keep possession from the turnovers he created.”

Both senior midfielder Zane Hazard and sophomore defender Jack Strawser were placed on the second team.

“Zane is a true defensive midfielder, unfortunately defensive mid-fielders get over looked many times to the flashy attacking midfielders. I am happy to see Zane be recognized by the league for his abilities,” Byler said. “He had a great career for our program being a lock down defensive midfielder that we could rely on to shutdown counter attacks and shut down a teams best player. He also grew as an attacking player, helping the team possession and creating goal-scoring opportunities.”

“A very cool , calm and collected defender, there is not much that rattles Jack on the soccer field,” Byler continued. “His confidence in his abilities is a great asset to have. I have been very impressed with Jack during his sophomore year and believe the sky is the limit with his abilities and potential as defender over the next two years.”

The Greenwood Wildcats finished first in the TVL West at (12-2) registered three selections for the TVL All-Stars.

One of which was senior midfielder Glenn Rice who had 35 points in league contests. Rice was third in the TVL with 17 goals and had an assist.

“Glenn has a had a great career at Greenwood, as a captain in his final year, playing in the midfield,” Wildcats coach Aaron Anstine said. “Although he spent his senior year in the midfield, Glenn had the ability to play at a high level at any of the 11 spots on the field. Glenn finished 108 career points.”

Defenders Clay Gothel and Eric Lawler were also TVL All-Stars with Gothel being selected to first team while Lawler made the second team.

“Clay and Eric were solid in the back for us all year, I feel that they were the best centerback duo in the league this year,” Anstine said. “They worked well together, their skills and ability to step and negate opponents attacks complimented each other. As a pair, they will continue to be the heart of the defense, that we will continue to build around next year as we take on 2020.”

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