Senior Casey Brooks took home the top award for the Lady Bulldogs, while sophomore Jay Bieltz was named the top player for the boys' soccer team at Thomson High School during a special sports banquet held at 1810 Inn and Winery on Monday night.
Both star soccer players received Most Valuable Player trophies for their outstanding play and contributions to their respective teams during historic soccer seasons for both teams.
Brooks, the daughter of Mike and Donna Brooks, helped the Lady Bulldogs to their greatest season in school history - the team winning an impressive 15 games with just three losses on the season. She also led the Lady Bulldogs in scoring with 29 goals - the second highest among CSRA girls' soccer players.
In addition, Brooks also led the team to their first-ever top-spot finish in Region 3-AAA Girls' Soccer, which helped the Lady Bulldogs make it into the Class AAA State Girls' Soccer Playoffs. It marked the first time in school history for such a feat. Brooks also led the CSRA in assists with 19.
Teammates Chelsea Jones and Kim Gamble each had a total of 12 assists - finishing eighth, respectively, in CSRA statistics.
Bieltz, meanwhile, the son of John and Linda Bieltz, was equally impressive in his play, scoring 25 goals this season. He led the CSRA in boys' scoring. He also tallied 10 assists to finish fifth in CSRA statistics. McEver, meanwhile, had seven assists to finish 12th in that particular category within the CSRA.
He will be a returning starting junior next season after helping the Bulldogs to their best-ever season in school history. Thomson finished with an 11-3 overall record. They were runners-up in Region 3-AAA boys' play.
Three other top trophies were presented to individual players on the Lady Bulldogs' team. They included:
- Best Defensive Player - Mary Catherine Finnerty;
- Best Offensive Player - Miranda Barker; and
- Coaches Award - Chelsea Jones.
Three other boys also received trophies for their outstanding play on the soccer field this season. They included:
- Best Defensive Player - Pop Chamblis;
- Best Offensive Player - Matt McEver; and
- Coaches Award - Stuart Strouble.
Four members of the girls' soccer team placed in the top 10 as far as scoring leaders in the CSRA. Aside from Brooks, those players were Miranda Barker, 25 goals and 3 assists; Jau'Tabitha Hordens, 12 goals and 8 assists; and Chelsea Jones, 12 goals and 8 assists.
Sophomore goalie Sarah Kellogg saved a total 73 goals to finish second in the CSRA.
The Bulldogs' top goalie was Cullen Wallace, who ended the season with a total of 71 goals. Teammate Mat Neal recorded 61 saves when he played goalie.
Each of the players from both teams received certificates for their participation in this year's soccer program at Thomson High School.