Daniel Chance, Jr., Free State High
Known by some as “Slash” for his ability to play all three areas of the field, Chance had a sensational junior season. Despite playing several games as a full-time defender, he finished with 12 goals and five assists. Earned first-team all-state and All-Sunflower League honors.
Dale Shillington, Sr., Free State High
According to FSHS coach Jason Pendleton, Shillington did not have one off day all season. From his position at center midfield, Shillington was an enforcer, winning every free ball and most 50-50 balls to gain possession for his squad. Was named to the second team All-Sunflower League squad and scored a critical goal against Lawrence High to secure a tie.
Diego Gonzalez, Soph., Free State High
Gonzalez inherited the role of finisher for the Firebirds this season, as he finished with 13 goals, which was the most by a sophomore in FSHS history. Included among those was a game-winner in the first round of the playoffs. Gonzalez earned honorable mention All-Sunflower League honors.
Dar Fornelli, Sr., Lawrence High
Fornelli led the team in goals (five) and assists (four) while drawing the attention of his opponents in the form of blanket coverages and double and triple teams. He played three different positions for the Lions this season — striker, outside midfield and center defense — and used his intensity and passion for the game at all three spots.
Bobby Davis, Sr., Lawrence High
Davis led an LHS defense that gave up one goal or less in seven of 16 games during the 2008 season. He was the anchor of the defense, using his voice and mind to organize his troops, while also sacrificing his body whenever it was necessary. In addition to being a defensive stopper, Davis added two goals for the Lions.
Tyler Phongsavath, Sr., De Soto High
Phongsavath had one of the biggest seasons in DHS history this year, making 81 saves on 93 shots and finishing the fall with a 0.68 goals-against average. He recorded 9.5 shutouts in 15.5 games and owns the school’s career (21) and single-season (9.5) record for shutouts. In addition, he was a team captain and was an All-Frontier League first-teamer.
Paul Oswald, Sr., De Soto High
Oswald was the Wildcats’ leading goal scorer this season, with 14, and was second on the team in assists, with 10. The senior forward used his speed and impressive ball skills to slip past opponents on his way to the net. He was a first-team All-Frontier League selection and a team captain.
Duncan Henderson, Jr., De Soto High
Henderson was the backbone of a DHS defense that surrendered just 11 goals during the 2008 season. Henderson used his organizational skills and passion to thwart many attacks from his opponents. Was named to the all-Frontier League first team and added 5 goals from his spot at sweeper.
Jordan Riffel, Soph., De Soto High
Although just a sophomore on a loaded team, Riffel finished the 2008 season with 11 goals and 6 assists for the Wildcats. Riffel used his superior athleticism and speed to create chances and was a first-team All-Frontier League selection.
Mitch DeHoff, Jr., Tongnaoxie High
The Chieftains’ junior goalkeeper single-handedly kept his team in a lot of games this season. DeHoff finished the 2008 season with a save percentage of 87 percent and helped decrease the number of goals THS allowed per game from six (in 2007) to 1.9 this season.
Honorable Mention: Tonganoxie High — Austin Smith, Sr., Jamison Bloomer, Sr.; De Soto High — Brett Hevel, Jr., Jordan Slater, Jr.; Lawrence High — Matthias Reiber, Jr., Spencer Scott, Sr.; Free State High — Parker Liebl, Sr., Tyler Hatesohl, Sr.