The Northview boys soccer team recently held their postseason banquet at Indiana State University and presented season awards to many of their players. More than 85 people attended the banquet with 26 of 29 players attending the ceremony.
Senior defender Wade Thacker took home a variety of awards after a year that included a team high 174 saves which works out to nearly 11 per contest. He tied the senior record for defensive steals/saves. He was also third on the team in minutes played (1,247) after starting every game.
For his efforts he received the Varsity Golden Ball which goes to the Team MVP. He also was named the Top Defensive Player for the Knights and was one of three captains.
Kyle Russell was also one of those seniors and was given the Varsity Will to Win award for his dedication and attitude this year. Russell played in 15 games this season and scored three goals for the Knights.
Senior captain Brock Crooks was second on the team in minutes played with 1,286 and provided 149 saves on the year and scored a pair of goals with an assist for Northview. He was second on the team in saves per game average with 8.76.
Freshman John Latta was honored for breaking four, first year records with 17 starts, 1,127 minutes played, four goals scored and eight total points this season. For his efforts he received the Varsity Golden Boot Award for most goals scored and was the Varsity Rookie of the Year.
Fellow first year player Michael Gallion broke the freshman record for defensive steals/saves per game with 7.76 per contest. He also had the Most Assists on the team with three.
Shaun Hardey was named the Top Offensive player for Northview this season after providing two goals and an assist and playing 1,294 minutes as a sophomore.
Goalkeeper Jacob Lynch was named the Most Improved Player on the varsity squad after starting nine games and posting a 3.63 goals against average and adding two shutouts this year.
For the Junior Varsity, Shane Boyd was the Golden Ball MVP player and played in 16 varsity games as well, logging 308 minutes and a shot on goal. Cody Airhart is the JV Most Improved player.
Four of the six graduating seniors this season were a part of coach Todd LaComba's first squad at Northview High School. Trent Piatt, Stephen Brannan, Brock Crooks and Wade Thacker each were freshmen when LaComba joined the Knights. "It is amazing to see how much these guys have grown physically and mentally. They are my first class of freshmen to go through as seniors, and they are first class players. I'll miss them a lot," commented LaComba.