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Greenwood Blue Jay Coach Chris Shull on 100 plus Wins

http://bluejaysoccer.com/boys/schedule.phpThis is much delayed. Congratulations to Head Coach Chris Shull of the Greenwood Blue Jays. Chris, who began the season with a 96-44-8 record, has now gone over 100 wins with the Boys’s team during his seven year tenure.

The Blue Jays season came to an end at the hands of their East side nemesis, Springfield Catholic, during the District Final this year. The 100th win came on Monday September 19th with a 2-0 win over the Aurora Houn’Dawgs.

The team went on to finish (need some help on this, the website is incomplete!). It’s important because he’s probably approaching 200 total wins at Greenwood.

Chris has a 83-47-2 record on the Girls side. The team is 6-1 this year with the most recent win coming against the West Plains Zizzers. The Blue Jays will take on Joplin McAuley on Monday evening, always a competitive and entertaining game.

Next time you see Coach Shull, please take the time to congratulate him! karachi escorts

Rebecca Mayus, Springfield Catholic (2011)

Missouri High School Soccer: Girls Class 1 District 11 Preview

Rebecca Mayus, Springfield Catholic (2011)
Rebecca Mayus, Springfield Catholic (2011)
Girls soccer has a new alignment this year. For those who missed my earlier story, MSHSAA has set up three equal classes with 16 Districts each (8 previously in Class 1 and 2). The intent is to offer Sectional and Quarterfinal games for every class. That also means there are twice as many District Champions this year (16 instead of 8). Somewhat reminiscent of Youth soccer (everyone gets a trophy) although as students of the game in this region are already aware, Class 1 District 11 would be a challenge for any team hoping to knock off the defending State Champion Fightin’ Irish, regardless of class.

There are three teams that will compete in the District this year. Joplin McAuley, Greenwood and Springfield Catholic.

Ally Adrian McAuley Warriors 2013
Ally Adrian, McAuley Warriors (2013)
The McAuley Warriors are aptly named, I always enjoy covering the ladies in Blue. Classic underdogs, the team struggled to maintain a roster of 11 players last year but never backed down. I don’t root often but it’s great seeing competitive games and the Warrior’s never disappoint. Their spirits are high this year as their team-sharing agreement with College Height’s kicks in. The two schools combined for one boys team last year (College Heights) and this year they Girls team plays under the McAuley banner. Rumor has it there could be as many as 18 on the final roster. Like most teams in the region, an influx of freshman will only help.

Sydney Ganus Greenwood Blue Jays 2011
Sydney Ganus, Greenwood Blue Jays (2011)
The Greenwood Blue Jays will field a young team that will also rely on some incoming freshmen. The team lost three senior starters, all in critical roles in the middle – Maddy Esther (currently playing at D3 Rhodes College), Maddy Smith and Caroline Jansen. There is one senior returning starter, Sydney Ganus (defender) last seen doing yeoman work in the District Final loss to Catholic, including clearing a sure goal by heading it out off the line. She’s joined by Sara Cook (11th grade), the twins Mary Margaret Kirkman (10th grade) and Anna Grace Kirkman (10th grade) along with Annabelle Chaffin (11th grade) in offering leadership for the young team. There are several freshman prospects that are expected make a difference including Anna Turner (defender), Kelsey Nau (midfielder) and Anna Martinez (yes, Alex’s sister from Glendale) at midfield. The most critical item will be identifying a goalkeeper for this team that had approximately two dozen out Thursday evening. Head Coach Chris Shull is being assisted by former Drury Panther Ally Reynolds this year.

How about the defending District and State Champion Springfield Catholic Fightin’ Irish? The Senior Class, led by midfielder Natalie Smid, is in my estimation the group that is most responsible for the regular run to State that has marked this program recently. They will be shooting for their 3rd straight trip to the Final 4 this season and a 2nd straight title. The most significant change for the team will be the loss of senior goalkeeper Rachel Scott. Scott, who has been accepted to Yale and has her sights set on a career in neurological surgery, is focused on preparing for that career this season.

The good news is that junior Megan Goetzinger, who split time in goal with Scott last season and was recognized with Rachel as 2nd Team All-State GK’s, returns and now takes charge in the net. She’ll have 1st All-State defenders Carsen Baron and Rebecca Mayus fronting her which is a plethora of riches any Coach in the region would enjoy. Add a pair of D2 college signee’s in Andrea Parker and Shelby Hatz, who will continue their careers at Drury in the Fall, and the Irish should continue their winning ways. Check out my earlier story for additional impact players.

There were over 50 players at practice on Thursday but it wasn’t a complete contingent as junior Bekah Bade (who scored the game-winner in the title game last June) among others was missing with the basketball season just ending. There are two freshman to keep an eye on going into this season as well. Nicole Ortega joins her sister Emily and Lydia Holtman follows in the footsteps of her All-Star sister Elle who is a senior at Rockhurst. With a senior class of 12, Coach Timson will need to find a balance that helps prepare the underclassmen for next year. A tough problem to have, he’s being assisted this year by Sarah Linsin and Jordan Reppell from Missouri State. Pretty nice role models when you can drive by a billboard and say – hey, there’s my coach!

MSU billboard including Sarah Linsin
MSU billboard including Sarah Linsin

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Benefactor Rick McQueary with 2010 Greenwood team and Alumni

Greenwood Stadium Field Dedication

Benefactor Rick McQueary with 2010 Greenwood team and Alumni
Benefactor Rick McQueary with 2010 Greenwood team and Alumni

The dedication ceremony for the newly christened Greenwood Field Stadium at the Cooper Soccer Complex went off under a beautiful blue sky complemented by the blue of the Greenwood Blue Jay faithful today. A large crowd was on hand to hear the dignitaries recognize the efforts of the community in bringing about the installation of the Astroturf surface that will now provide the Blue Jays with a true home field. The installation was made possible by donations from the Rick McQueary family and the Harry Cooper family.

The inaugural Alumni game that followed saw the historic first goal scored by John McQueary, one of two sons of Rick and Mary McQueary and I believe the career scoring leader at Greenwood. His teammate, Thaylen Johnson (1999) also scored in the second half. Someone will have to update me on the final score which included a goal by the Varsity as the second half opened.

UPDATE – First Half scoring included goals by Alumni/John McQueary assisted by Thaylan Johnson
Second Half scoring included goals by Alumni/Thaylan Johnson assisted by John McQueary, Varsity/Stuart Beezley, Alumni/Thaylan Johnson again assisted by John McQueary and finally Varsity/Devon Whitlock.

Final: GLS Alumni – 3, GLS Varsity – 2

The event drew alumni from 1994 (Billy McQueary) to 2010 (Chris Algiere). I had the opportunity to chat with two of the early graduates, Blake Richards (1999) and Conor Haseltine (1996) about the early years. The video is below. The early years included a five year period (1993-1997) where the Blue Jays reached the State Final Four, when there were two divisions (Class 1-3 and Class 4). The Blue Jays returned in 2005 and that group was represented by Charles Albritton, Sam Chaffin, Brad and Matt Cook and Joe Seagrave in todays game. A complete list will be posted shortly and I’ll follow with a story next week on that group and the historic 23 game unbeaten streak that included coverage in Soccer America magazine, the voice of soccer at the time.

Former MSU and Greenwood Lab School Soccer Coach Jan Stahle returned to coach his former Blue Jay soccer players as they played Head Coach Chris Shull’s Greenwood Varsity Team. The 1st Annual Alumni Soccer Game was held on Greenwood’s new synthetic turf home field at Cooper Soccer Complex Saturday, Aug 28.

The inaugural game on the new surface featured GLS alumni players representing 8 District Title teams and 6 State Final Four teams:

1993 (4th place),
1994 (3rd place),
1995 (2nd place),
1996 (2nd place),
1997 (2nd place) and
2005 ( 3rd place)

Roster GLS Soccer Alumni
Billy McQueary 1994
Conor Haseltine 1996
Ashley Dupree 1997
John McQueary 1998
Spencer Beezley 1999
Sam Blair 1999
Thaylan Johnson 1999
Chris Mullis 1999
Blake Richards 1999
Barrett Stanke 1999
Ross Van Velsor 1999
Justin Wolfe 1999
Noah Blair 2000
Scott Quinn 2000
Jay Brown 2002
Brandon Dupree 2003
Shane Algiere 2005
Ehren Schroeder 2005
Charles Albritton 2006
Sam Chaffin 2006
Cory Keith 2006
Rutger Thieme 2007
Brad Cook 2009
Matt Cook 2009

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Greenwood Blue Jays, Aug 9th, 2010

Greenwood Soccer Complex Nears Completion

Greenwood Blue Jays, Aug 9th, 2010
Greenwood Blue Jays, Aug 9th, 2010
With the start of the High School soccer season this morning, I made a trek to Lake Country Soccer. More specifically, I stopped by Field #1 which will be newly christened the Greenwood Soccer Complex on August 28th (more info soon!). The Greenwood Blue Jays will hold their first ever Alumni game that afternoon on the Astroturf surface, made possible by a contribution by the McQueary family. The boys team, which with 22-23 players out this season, representing half of the boys who attend the High School, was just completing their first practice of the season. A few of them remained, along with Coaches Shull and McQueary, as they anticipated the fun they will have on the new surface and having a place they can truly call their Home Pitch.

Pictured here are, from left to right, Head Coach Chris Shull, Stuart Beezley, Ben Whitlock, Devon Whitlock, Cory McCoy, Assistant Coach John McQueary.

The gallery below reflects pictures from this morning as well as Thursday evening a few days ago, before the began the Astro Turf installation last Friday. The video shows them putting one roll into place, after having stitched them together as shown in the photos. Note the new lighting that will be put into place as well. It should provide lighting that will enhance TV and photography, with higher posts and higher lumens.


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