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Ismael Serratos and Aaron Strunk, Neosho County Panthers soccer

Serratos and Strunk Sign With Neosho County CC

Ismael Serratos and Aaron Strunk, Neosho County Panthers soccer
Ismael Serratos and Aaron Strunk with Johnny Adame, Neosho County Panthers

The Neosho County Panthers have announced the signing of a pair of Southwest Missouri players. Ismael Serratos of Carthage and Aaron Strunk from Kickapoo are a pair of forwards that also play together for Springfield SC, winning State Cup as U16’s and reaching the Midwest Regional semifinals in 2011. They join Griffin Locke of Joplin who signed late last year.

Ismael Serratos, pictured with his mother Imelda on the left, helped lead the Tigers to a Missouri Class 2 State Runner up finishing, falling 0-1 in the Final to the St Dominic Crusaders. He was named Offensive Player of the Year in Class 2. The recognition came in a season when he set the Carthage career scoring record in the second game of the season when he scored his 64th career goal. He finished the season scoring 34 goals to give him a total of 95 for his career. “We are excited to have Ismael join our program and look forward to working with him on and off the field the next two years,” stated the NCCC coaching staff.

Aaron Strunk played varsity soccer for Kickapoo High School under Coach Hodge, starting since his freshman year. Aaron played several positions this season for the Chiefs, including goalkeeper, as Coach Hodge took the team to the Quarterfinals this season. He is primarily a forward however and was recognized on the Class 3 All-Southwest Region team for his play. “Aaron will play a key role over the next two years here at Neosho County. He is used to winning at Kickapoo and hopefully that will translate over to college,” stated the coaching staff.

Ismael Serratos, Carthage High School
Sophomore year 2010
1st team all-district OPY
1st team all-COC (conference),
2010 OPY and MVP for Carthage
33 goals 4 assists

Junior year 2011:
1st team all-district OPY,
1st team all-COC
1st team all-region OPY,
Honorable mention for class 3 All state team
2011 OPY for my school team,
28 goals 10 assists

Senior year 2012:
1st team all-district MVP
1st team all-COC,
1st team all-region MVP,
1st team All-Ozarks,
1st team all-state Class 2 OPY,
2012 OPY and MVP for school team, 34 goals 13 assists

Aaron Strunk, Kickapoo High School

1st team all district
All Region team
24 goals
Offensive MVP for Kickapoo
2nd team all-conference
Four year varsity starter.
U16 state cup champions and
U16 Midwest region semifinalist with SSC with Ismael Serratos

Southwest Missouri Class 3 All-Region Soccer

Glendale Falcons, Evan Garrad
The Southwest Missouri All-Region team for Class 3 has been announced. The Region includes Districts 11 and 12 encompassing 8 teams.  Voting is done by the Coaches. Recognition for Conference, Regional and State awards is done by members of the Missouri State High School Soccer Coaches Association (MSHSSCA). District winners included the Kickapoo Chiefs (11) and Joplin Eagles (12). The Chiefs were Sectional winners, falling to Rock Bridge in the Quarterfinals.

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Co-Player of the Year
Josh McCutcheon, Kickapoo
Elliott Williams, Kickapoo

Co-Offensive Player of the Year
Robert Neathery, Nixa
Nic Bauer, Glendale

Defensive Player of the Year
Turner Adams, Kickapoo

Goalkeeper of the Year
Brock Renken Joplin

Pos, Player, School, Grad
D,Turner Adams, Kickapoo, 2013,
D, Matt Call, Glendale, 2013
D, Griffin Locke, Joplin, 2013
D, Austin Engleman, Nixa, 2013
F, Hunter Durham, Kickapoo, 2013
F, Aaron Strunk, Kickapoo, 2013
F, Nic Bauer, Glendale, 2013
F, Ryan Estus, Joplin, 2013
F, Robert Neathery, Nixa, 2013
F, Jakob Neidig, Ozark, 2013
F, Lal Thang, Central, 2013
MF, Josh McCutcheon, Kickapoo, 2013
MF, Elliott Williams, Kickapoo, 2013
MF, Evan Garrad, Glendale, 2013
GK, Brock Renken, Joplin, 2013


Missouri Class 3 District 12 All-District Soccer Honors

Chase Grubb, Kickapoo Chiefs, chests ball
The 2012 All-District Team for District 12 Class 3 schools has been announced. Recognition for District, Conference, Regional and State awards is done by members of the Missouri State High School Soccer Coaches Association (MSHSSCA).

The District includes the Central Bulldogs, Joplin Eagles, Kickapoo Chiefs and Parkview Vikings. The Kickapoo Chiefs won the District title with a 3-0 win over the Eagles before going on to reach the Quarterfinals where they lost to Rock Bridge.

Overall MVP of District: Josh McCutcheon & Elliott Williams, Kickapoo
MVP Offense: Ryan Estus, Joplin
MVP Defense: Turner Adams, Kickapoo
MVP Goalie: Brock Renken, Joplin

1st Team,,,
Turner Adams, Sr, Defender, Kickapoo
Hunter Durham, Sr, Mid, Kickapoo
Ryan Estus, Sr, Forward, Joplin
Chase Grubb, Sr, Defender, Kickapoo
Griffen Locke, Sr, Defender, Joplin
Josh McCutcheon, Sr, Forward, Kickapoo
Brock Renken, Jr, GK, Joplin
Joe Rice, Sr, Forward, Joplin
Andy Sivils, Jr, Forward, Central
Aaron Strunk, Sr, Mid, Kickapoo
Louis Taylor, Jr, Mid, Parkview
Lal Thang, Sr, Mid, Central
Elliott Williams, Sr, Mid, Kickapoo

Second Team,,,
John Bogue, Sr, Forward, Parkview
Sam Engler, So, Forward, Kickapoo
Palmer Harrison, Sr, Defender, Kickapoo
Connor Heeren, Sr, Mid, Kickapoo
T J Joy, Sr, Defender, Parkview
Will Krolman, Sr, Defender, Joplin
Taylor Pedigo, Sr, Defender, Kickapoo
Edgar Romero, Sr, Mid, Joplin
Josh Rovey, Jr, Gk, Central
Cole Shepard, Sr, Defender, Joplin
Phillip Starns, So, Defender, Central
Garrett Ward, Sr, Mid, Joplin

Coaches – please send me your District and Conference awards at Ole@SGFsoccer.com so that we can recognize your players as well.


22nd Kickapoo Shootout Opens Today

James Straus, Springfield Catholic, with save against Marquette

The venerable tournament returns with a new format. Previously a Brown and a Gold Division both featured pool play with winners and losers brackets, determining the schedule for Saturday. Only one group of teams, the Brown Division, will proceed in that fashion this year. The other set of teams will play a Round-Robin Tournament against a defined set of teams and game times with points determining the champions.

Given the difficult week the host Chiefs have had – losing in the 2nd OT to District foe Joplin Tuesday and needing a late goal to get past derby foe Glendale Wednesday – there will be motivation to show the Missouri Coaches that their win over #4 SLUH on Saturday and their statewide ranking is deserved. The best way to do that is to win and their path should be an interesting one. The return of sophomore Quinn Ruggeri on Wednesday accomplished two key tasks – a quality goalkeeper between the pipes and Aaron Strunk returns to forward after a stint in goal.

High School Boys Photo Gallery by Ole

Friday’s opening game against Smith-Cotton should be a good warmup to the 2nd most important match of the weekend. That would be the Chiefs 2nd game, against either Catholic or Lee’ Summit West. Either would be an excellent challenge and key to staying up in the rankings. Locally, a Kickapoo vs Catholic game is preferred and ideally via the winner’s bracket.

That points to the most interesting game of the weekend, the 2:00 pm game between Catholic and Lee’s Summit West. The Irish lost a close game to Marquette Saturday at the Gateway City Classic. It was a playoff level game despite the rigors of 3 games in 24 hours and Catholic stayed close thanks to the play of goalie James Straus as you can see in the video below. They should be rested and prepared for this weekend and this game will be yet another to prepare them for their State title defense.

Lee’s Summit West defeated Rock Bridge 3-2 in mid-September and just beat Lee’s Summit North, the top-ranked KC team, 2-1 on Tuesday. Tony Mok, a sophomore forward, was recognized in the late September poll for scoring 4 goals in 3 games while Caleb Rivera and Alec Van Wormer are defensive leaders.


#1 Catholic falls 0-2 against #10 Lee’s Summit West
#12 Kickapoo wins 5-0 against Smith-Cotton

Nixa lost 1-2 to Rockwood Summit
Glendale beats Willard 3-0

For the other half of the bracket, that includes Nixa, Glendale and Willard, Rockwood Summit visits. The Falcons boast an 11-6-1 record although they are coming off a 2-3-1 stretch the last two weeks including Wednesday’s 2-3 loss at Parkway North.

There are six teams participating, broken into two Divisions. Each team will play three games, against the three teams in the OPPOSITE division then the one they are assigned to.

1. Follow MSHSAA soccer rulebook for game time. If games are tied after regulation there will be sudden victory overtime periods. If still tied after two 10 minute overtimes the game will be final, no shootouts.
3. Scoring used to determine final standings:
a. 5 points for a win and 1 point for goal differential with a maximum of 3
points. 1 point will be awarded for a shutout (e.g. 3-0 winner receives 9
b. If teams are tied at the end of regulation and over time periods, 3 points
will be awarded with no points given for the shutout (e.g. 0-0 tie 3 points)
c. If two teams are tied with total points, head to head competition will
determine winner.
d. If still tied, total goals scored in all three games will be used to determine
the winner.
e. If still tied, fewest goals allowed in three games will break the tie.
f. If still tied, a coin toss will determine the winner.

James Straus, Catholic Goalkeeper (in gray)


Ozark Conference Soccer: Joplin At Kickapoo Tonight!

Mac-Hoogeveen-Kickapoo-Chiefs-soccer-clearsThe 2012 Ozark Conference title will likely be decided Tuesday when Joplin visits Kickapoo. The two teams are undefeated in the Conference and if they needed additional incentive, the game will also establish the top seed for the Class 3 District 12 tournament.

Joplin has a high-powered offense that will meet a strong, physical challenge in the Chiefs defense, led in the back by Turner Adams and Mac Hoogeveen (pictured) and several goalkeepers already. Did I mention Aaron Strunk’s work between the pipes Saturday? Kickapoo’s greatest advantage in the region however is the breadth of scoring options, led by Hunter Durham up top who had a hat-trick against SLUH on Saturday.

While Rolla comes into this weeks action undefeated in Conference, they face their strongest challenges in Conference in the second half of the season, including Waynesville’s visit Thursday. They’ll host Kickapoo October 18th and visit Joplin October 23rd.

Glendale had a quiet but effective weekend in St Louis, going 2-1 (as did Catholic & Kickapoo). With 1 goal wins over Granite City and Carthage, the Falcon’s haven’t reached the point where you can ignore them. They’ll have their chance to stamp their imprint on the Ozark Conference race tomorrow (Wednesday) when they visit Kickapoo

Joplin defeats Kickapoo on a golden goal by Joe Rice in the 2nd OT period
Glendale defeated Lebanon 10-0
Rolla defeated Hillcrest 7-0

School: OC/Overall Record
Joplin: 7-0-0/11-1-1
Kickapoo: 4-1-0/9-2
Rolla: 4-0-0/
Glendale: 3-1-0/6-4-0
UPDATED to reflect Tuesday’s results listed above

Rolla’s game at Joplin the final week of the season now becomes the lone hurdle to Joplin becoming Ozark Conference Champions.

As always, thanks to Coach Schmitt at West Plains for maintaining the Ozark Conference Standings. Who’s going to step up and maintain a Central Ozark Conference Standings?

Key Games Remaining
Joplin – Kickapoo
10/3 Glendale – Kickapoo
10/4 Waynesville – Rolla
10/18 Kickapoo – Rolla
10/23 Rolla – Joplin

Ozark Conference Champions
2005 Glendale, Kickapoo
2006 Kickapoo
2007 Kickapoo
2008 Kickapoo
2009 Camdenton
2010 Kickapoo
2011 Joplin, Kickapoo, Waynesville