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November 19, 2010

Baerg headlines All-City boys soccer team

MANKATO — Tim Baerg of Mankato West and Hannah Gaspar of Mankato Loyola took top honors last weekend at the season-ending All-City Soccer banquet.

The two seniors were named this year’s recipients of the Lon and Regina Smith Awards for best representing the soccer community during the course of their careers.

Baerg, a forward/midfielder was honorable mention All-Big Nine Conference this year and helped his team to the league title in 2009. He played in two state tournaments with the Scarlets and has also served as a referee for the Mankato United Soccer Club.

“Tim Baerg is a great example of what I would like to see out of all of our student athletes,” said his math teacher, Tom Boone. “Not only does Tim choose to do things the right way, he motivates others to do the same.  He is a class act with unlimited potential, and I would like to congratulate him on receiving this award.”

Baerg was one of 16 players named to this year’s Mankato All-City boys soccer team. The following is a thumbnail sketch of the other recepients:

Daniel Baack: A junior at Mankato West, Baack has been playing high school soccer for five years. The midfielde was honorable mention All-Big Nine in 2009 and was named to the All-Big Nine Conference team this year.

Andrew Brase: The Loyola/Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial senior has been playing varsity soccer for four years as a defender/sweepr. He was a team captain in 2010 and was named the team’s Hardest Working Player in 2009.

Jake Clements: A junior at Loyola/LCWM, Clements was the starting goalie for the Crusaders in 2010. He was able to play out in the field for part of a game and wound up scoring a goal for his team.

Jake Collins: The Mankato West junior was honorable mention All-State this season and made the All-Big Nine Conference teams in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Collins served as a team captain this past season.

Derrick Davis: A senior at Mankato East, Davis was a sixth-year player with the program. The goalie made honorable mention All-State and helped his team reach the finals of the Class A tournament.

Lance Gaspar: A freshman at Mankato Loyola/LCWM, Gaspar makes the All-City team for the second straight season. The third-year varsity player was his team’s leading scorer as a forward/midfielder.

Kevin Gjersvig: The Mankato East senior played center-mid for the Cougars as a fifth-year player. He was honorable mention All-Big Nine Conference made the 2010 All-State Tournament Team.

Turner Johnson: The Mankato East senior played both midfield and defender this year in  his sixth season with the team. He helped the Cougars reach the finals of the Class A state tournament at the Metrodome.

Andy Marten: The Mankato East junior played center back/sweeper in his fifth year in the program. He helped the Cougars win the 2010 Big Nine Conference title and make it all the way to the state championship match.

Adam Osman: A senior at Mankato East, Osman received the highest honor in Class A when he was named 2010’s Mr. Soccer. The six-time All-City honoree was selectd to the All-Big Nine Conference team and the Class A All-State Tournament Team.

Taylor Peterson: The Loyola/LCWM junior completed his third season with the Crusaders as a defender. He served as a team captain in 2010.

Andrew Rorick: A senior at Mankato West, Rorick played forward/midfielder this season. The fourth-year player was honorable mention All-Big Nine this fall and helped the team to a third-place finish at state in 2007.

Isaac Schultz: The Loyola/LCWM junior was a forward/midfielder in his fourth year of high school soccer in 2010. He led the team in assists and served as a team captain.

Brandon Welter: The junior at Mankato East completed his fifth year in the program in 2010. He played forward/center mid and was named to the 2010 All-State Team and the 2010 All-Big Nine Conference team. He is a three-time All-City soccer honoree.

Alec Wright: The Mankato West junior was a midfielder this fall as a fifth-year competitor in the program. In 2009 he helped the team reach the state tournament and win the Big Nine Conference title.

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