HELENA – Rosters were announced this week for the 15th edition of the Shodair Soccer Classic all-star games, athletic contests that put together the best graduated seniors from the state on one field for a final time as high school players.
The all-star events, which will take place Saturday, July 26 at Carroll College’s Nelson Stadium in Helena, will be flush with Missoulians and athletes from across western Montana.
The Missoula Hellgate boys’ team, a fourth-place finisher last fall in the State AA tournament, is tied for the most representatives in the men’s game with five. Both Helena High and Billings Senior also have five boys in play.
Chaucer Larson will do the goal keeping for the West boys and is joined by Knights Kyle Higgins, Macky Scott, Yacir Allen and Ian Frank. Missoula Big Sky defender Kyle Barbian also accepted an invitation. His Eagles beat Hellgate in the state tournament to take third place last season.
A Missoula product is in net in the women’s game as well. Sentinel grad Jessica Henning is the only area girl in that game where Billings Senior dominates the roster. The Broncs have six players involved.
The surrounding area west of the Divide sent another handful of players including boys Haakon Sande of Kalispell Flathead; Tristan Baker of Frenchtown; Nathan Boone of Whitefish; Jason Schnackenberg of Libby; Cameron Ayers and Eli Carmona of Corvallis; and Chance Coleman of Stevensville. The latter three boys will suit of for the East side to balance the rosters.
Other area girls playing in the showcase include: Annie Sangster of Corvallis; Sami Kratofil of Hamilton; Hannah Dishman of Stevensville; Caroline Carbo of Whitefish; Kendall Halliburton and Madison Zirker of Kalispell Glacier; and Jacquelyn Merrill of Flathead. All are on the West’s roster.
The Classic is an event to benefit the Shodair Children’s Hospital. Shodair provides psychiatric services for children and adolescents from communities across the state, as well as comprehensive genetic services for people of all ages. Last year, the hospital provided more than $6.2 million dollars in uncompensated care for at-risk children.
In addition to having been selected as all-state and all-conference players in Class AA or A during last season, participants must have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership and citizenship.
The Classic also features coaching staffs from around the state. After leading the Bozeman boys to a State AA title last season, coach Hunter Terry is on board to coach the East against Carl Straub of runner-up Helena. In the girls’ game, Megan Parish of the State AA champion Senior Broncs is at the helm of the East team against the West’s Mike Meloy of second-place Helena.
Prior to the games, the athletes will also host aspiring all-stars in a free clinic for children ages 5 to 12 on July 25 at 10 a.m. at Nelson Stadium. Then comes the main event with games beginning the next evening. The girls play at 5 p.m. with the boys to follow at 7.
Shodair Soccer Classic
Chaucer Larson, Missoula Hellgate, GK; Kyle Higgins, Missoula Hellgate, F; Macky Scott, Missoula Hellgate, F/M/D; Yacir Allen, Missoula Hellgate, F/D; Ian Frank, Missoula Hellgate, D; Julian Emond, Stillwater Christian, F; Cal Treadway, Helena High, M; Isaac Bostrom, Helena High, F/M; Robby Nelson, Helena High, D; Sean Keily, Helena High, D; Atticus Proctor, Helena High, M/D; Haakon Sande, Kalispell Flathead, F/D; Kyle Barbian, Missoula Big Sky, D; Tristan Baker, Frenchtown, M; Nathan Boone, Whitefish, F/M; Jason Schnackenberg, Libby, M; Riley Smith, Helena Capital, M; Cody McCormick, Helena Capital, M; Kyle Nickol, Helena Capital, D.
Coaches – Carl Straub (head), Helena High; Robin Farrell, Helena High.
John Center, Bozeman, GK; Alec Marshall, Bozeman, M; Daniel Newhouse, Livingston, F; M; Tristan Jones, Yellowstone County Christian, F; Colin Gregory, Billings Senior, Mason Luse, Billings Senior, Strom Neurnberger, Billings Senior, M/D; F; Jake Woodring, Billings Senior, D; Sage D’Ambrosia, Billings Senior, M/D; Keegan Reilly, Laurel, M; Jason Jones, Great Falls High, D; Zachary Wall, Billings Central, M; Cameron Ayers, Corvallis, F/M; Eli Carmona, Corvallis, D; Chance Coleman, Stevensville, M.
Coach – Hunter Terry (head), Bozeman.
Jessica Henning, Missoula Sentinel, GK; Annie Sangster, Corvallis, F/M/D; Sami Kratofil, Hamilton, F/M; Layne Johnson, Helena High, M; Madison Therriault, Helena High, D; Katie Jensen, Helena High, F/M; Callie Kanthack, Helena High, F; Emily Spindler, Helena High, D; Lena Tupper, Helena Capital, D; Elly Priddy, Helena Capital, F/M; Hannah Dishman, Stevensville, F/D; Caroline Carbo, Whitefish, M; Kendall Halliburton, Kalispell Glacier, F/M; Madison Zirker, Kalispell Glacier, M/D; Jacquelyn Merrill, Kalispell Flathead, M.
Coaches – Mike Meloy (head), Helena High; Alex Tuttle, Helena Capital.
Katrina Baumbartner, Laurel, GK; Alexis Lewis, Laurel, F/M; Sara Heard, Billings Senior, GK; Maddy Emerick, Billings Senior, M; Madeline Klepps, Billings Senior, D; Blaque Saur, Billings Senior, D; Gabi Heflin, Billings Senior, F; Morgan Sulser, Billings Senior, M; Jessica Spang, Billings Skyview, F/M; Shelby Guelff, Billings Skyview, D; Serena Klopp, Belgrade, M; Amy Mueller, Billings Central, M/D; Allie Lucas, Billings Central, F/M; Kelsi Nusbaum, Billings Central, M.
Coaches – Megan Parish (head), Billings Senior; Ashley Plummer, Belgrade.