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Orono High School Boys Soccer
Brad "Cookie" Carlson
612-669-3378
Orono, Minnesota

 
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Sunday, January 18
A Joyful Ending to Orono Men’s Soccer 2008

The 2008 Orono Men’s Soccer Team was honored at their team banquet on Thursday, November 6th.  With attendance pushing 200, the banquet honored players at all levels of play.  This was an event to behold with player introductions, video and picture presentations and great food!

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The focus of the evening was on the student Athlete.  The Varsity team members posted an impressive combined 3.32 G.P.A. with MSSCA All State Academic Team honors going to Seniors Mitchell Schoen (3.89 G.P.A.) and Kyle Brandt (3.94 G.P.A.).

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Twenty six players where honored with Orono Varsity letters.  First year letter winners were:  freshmen Nick Manzoni and Willy Semsch; sophomores Ben Knudsen and Gunnar Scharf; juniors Colton Gleason, Peter Goelz, Sam Gottschalk, and Derek Heussner; seniors Brendan Berg, Weston Bye, Tyler Garwood, Tyler Lux, Daniel Personius, Andrew Pietig and Mitchell Schoen.

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Second year letter winners were:  juniors Judd Bittman, Charlie Manzoni and Ben Sherman; seniors Kyle Brandt, James Hernandez, Trent Miller and Cole Whitney.  Captains Paul Balestriere, Lou Engler and Teddy Schmitt received their third varsity soccer letters.

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Lou Engler received All State honors, becoming the 15th player in Orono Soccer history to do so.  He led the team this season with 18 goals and 6 assists.  He ended his high school career with 46 goals and 18 assists.

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Many other player awards were handed out.  Freshman Nick Manzoni received the Rookie of the Year award.  He and Willy Semsch became only the fifth and sixth freshman to earn a varsity letter in soccer at Orono.  Tyler Garwood received the Most Improved Player award.  Trent Miller received the Good Guy award.

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The MVP awards went to Kyle Brandt as the MVP Keeper, Paul Balestriere as the MVP Fullback, Teddy Schmitt as the MVP Midfielder, and Lou Engler as the MVP Forward and Team MVP.

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The “Program” MVP was given to Daniel Engholm.  Daniel is a student from Denmark who, although ineligible to play varsity, helped the Varsity Reserve to become the best Varsity Reserve in the State.  “He is a great player who really loves the game of soccer and his teammates,” said head coach Brad Carlson.  “He trained with our varsity and was an integral part of our team.”

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Players receiving All Conference awards were Balestriere and Engler.  Players receiving All Conference Honorable Mention awards were Charlie Manzoni, Brandt, Schmitt and Whitney.

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The Spartans posted a 12-6-1 record, scoring 50 goals while yielding 25.  Seventeen players chipped in with a goal or an assist during the season.  The team’s motto was “Pound them with our JOY!”

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The captains leading the 2009 Spartan soccer campaign will be Colton Gleason, Charlie Manzoni and Ben Sherman.



Monday, January 19
Awards Abound for 2007 Soccer Conference Champs

The 2007 Wright County Conference Champions Orono Men’s Soccer Team where honored at their team banquet on Thursday, November 8th.  With attendance pushing 250, the banquet honored players at all levels of play.  This was an event to behold with player introductions, video and picture presentations and great food!

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The focus of the evening was on the student Athlete.  The Varsity team members posted an impressive combined 3.3 G.P.A. with MSSCA All State Academic Team honors going to Seniors David Beal (3.94 G.P.A.) and Adam Marshall (3.99 G.P.A.).

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Twenty three players where honored with Orono Varsity Letters.  First year letter winners where:  sophomores Judd Bittman, Charlie Manzoni III and Ben Sherman; Juniors Kyle Brandt, James Hernandez, Trent Miller and Cole Whitney; seniors Ben Eidenschink, Nick Kappler, John Kirkman, Anthony Krolczyk, Dennis Martin, Carter Mueller, Micah Ohman and Ryan Webster.

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Second year letter winners where:  juniors Baul Balestriere, Louis Engler and Teddy Schmitt; seniors Peter Manning, David Beal, Captain Zach Barnum and Captain Michael Finke.  Senior Captain Adam Marshall received his third Orono Varsity Soccer Letter.

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Orono had two players receive All State Honorable Mention awards.  Junior Louis Engler was the teams leading scorer with 18 goals, 6 assists, All Conference and Team Most Valuable Forward.  Senior Captain Michael Finke was the Team MVP, all Conference and Most Valuable Midfielder.

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Many other player awards where handed out.  Sophomore fullback Charlie Manzoni III was the Rookie of the Year along with the Most Valuable Fullback.  Senior fullback Ben Eidenschink received the Good Guy Award.  Senior goalkeeper Carter Mueller received the Most Improved Player and All Conference Honorable Mention awards.

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Players also receiving All Conference awards where senior Captains Zach Barnum and Adam Marshall.  Players receiving All Conference Honorable Mention Awards where seniors Dennis Martin, David Beal and Peter Manning.

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The Spartans posted a perfect 9-0-0 conference record, yielding only 2 goals in conference play while scoring 38, with an overall record of 11-4-3.  Their record against State Tournament participants was 2-0-1, defeating Benilde St. Margarents 2-1, St. Cloud Cathedral 4-0 and tying Fridley 3-3.  Breck School was the thorn in the side for Orono this season, defeating them twice with identical 1-0 scores.  The second loss knocked Orono out of post season play.

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The captains leading the 2008 Spartan campaign will be seniors Paul Balestriere, Louis Engler and Teddy Schmitt.



Wednesday, January 21
A little town known as "Soccer, Minnesota"
Just west of Long Lake lies Soccer, Minn.
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Nearly 30 years after establishing its first club team, Orono High School finds soccer is as popular as ever for both boys and girls.
By Brian Stensaas, Star Tribune
Last update: August 21, 2007 – 12:01 PM
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If the growing numbers at all levels of competition and in the stands aren't enough to remind you of what's popular these days in Orono, perhaps the red-and-white sign greeting drivers westbound on Hwy. 12 through nearby Long Lake will.
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It reads: "SOCCER!"
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At Orono High School, two coaches with strong ties to the soccer tradition are gearing up for the 2007 campaign.
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"We've got a little poster in the locker room for every season we've had," said boys' coach Brad Carlson, who is better known as Cookie and has been part of Orono soccer since the beginning.
"The kids know the history. They want to carry the same philosophies all the way through."
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Near the end of a practice last week, the boys' team participated in a grueling running drill. In the mix was the grade-school-aged son of one of the assistant coaches. Right up there with the big boys, perhaps already preparing for a spot on the team in a few years.
"The community programs here are solid," Carlson said, noting the high school teams do not cut anybody. "They come to us with great skill. If we keep getting numbers, we'll keep finding spots for them."
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Girls' coach Erin Shaughnessy, a 2000 Orono graduate who played varsity from eighth grade on, said her team is aware of the local pride as well.
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"Something is instilled in you when you grow up here," she said. "This is a community with strong soccer families. You know the traditions, you don't have to be told."
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Orono's first high school boys' soccer team formed at the club level in 1978. By 1980, it was at varsity status, going 10-4-1 in its first official season. Twenty-seven years and four third-place state showings later, Orono's boys' program has established a tradition that is growing by the season. And the girls' program is right in step.
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Since 1997, Orono's girls' soccer team has been to state five times.
Both programs advanced last season in Class A, and a repeat trip is on everybody's mind.
"Making state would be awesome again," said Adam Marshall, a senior on the boys' team. "All of us [seniors] want to end with a bang."
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But for either team to score another notch in its state post, togetherness and chemistry will have to be at the forefront, right up there with scoring goals.
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Orono's boys' team lost 12 players from last season via graduation, the girls nine. In the boys' case, losing Evan Garfield (31 goals) alone represents more than 30 percent of its goal production. For the girls, the absence of Kassidy Keller (16 goals) and Mallory Purdy (seven) means a 35 percent hit in scoring.
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Pessimism, though, is not a word that fits will into these teams' vocabularies.
"It's going to take some hard work, but I think we can repeat last year's success," girls' team junior Erin Garfield said. "[Shaughnessy] relates to us well. She has the confidence in us and she has the experience. It's perfect."
Brian Stensaas • 612-673-4127


   
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