The annual Boys and Girls Tri-County Senior All-Star games took place at Orrville High School on Nov. 9. Despite a cold and very windy evening, the seniors showcased their talents and put on an excellent show.
The girls took the field first, and the Tri-County team got a huge spark from a trio of Ashland Arrows and a goal from the hometown favorite in Red Rider Scotlyn Clark to forge a 4-0 win.
The Tri-County All-Stars included Triway’s Taylor Armstrong, Maddie Burns and Emma Goebel; Wooster’s Grace Rickett and Emily Ramseyer; Loudonville’s Rachel Weber, Yessenia Chavez and Katie Smart; West Holmes’ Taylor Vecchio and Whitney Miller; Mapleton’s Savannah Barr, Laura Troyer, Leah Otto, Macy Bischoff and Emma Carr; Hiland’s Lexi Kaufman; Ashland’s Nikki Schuster, Bailey Diehm and Macey Mills; and Clark of Orrville.
The team representing the Wayne County Athletic All-Stars included Smithville’s Tori Collins, Emma Leway, Sidney Mitchell and Bella Myers; Rittman’s Rebecca Berger, Claudia Hartzler and Kacie Dingess; Northwestern’s Sera Martin; Hillsdale’s Kaylee Cline and Angel Wamsley; Waynedale’s Darbee Rhamy, Emma Zuercher and Mikayla Wilson; Norwayne’s Lindsey Atanasov and Makayla Kimberlin; Chippewa’s Maddie Pappas; and Kingsway Christian’s Ana Bischoff, Melia Hargrove and Rachel Caskey. Because of absentees, the crew from the Central Comets volunteered to swing over to side with the all-stars from the WCAL.
Clark got the scoring party started in the first half when she took an assist from Ashland’s Bailey Diehm and drove home what was the eventual game-winner.
“That was awesome to be able to score a goal here at home in my last game,” Clark said. “It was a great last game. I was very honored to be here and play with an unbelievable group of girls. I know a lot of us played together as youngsters, so to be able to catch up a little bit and play together again was really special.”
Diehm continued to be a friendly giver, finding Arrows teammate Macey Mills before the half, and Mills’ goal gave Tri-County a 2-0 half-time edge.
Nikki Schuster made it an Arrows party when the Ashland star knocked in a goal early in the second half, and Mills then capped off the sensational evening of soccer for Ashland by netting her second goal of the night.
“This was super fun,” said Hiland’s Kaufman, a stand-out defender for the Lady Hawks this year. “I actually got to play forward, which was a very new experience for me, and that was really exciting. It was neat to be able to wrap up our careers by playing with a group of seniors that we have played against all of our careers. This was so much fun.”