Austin Harjes was voted the Most Valuable Player for the Stillwater adapted soccer team that finished its season with a 5-5 record this fall, including 5-4 to place fourth in the North Division standings. Stillwater was eventually defeated by Chaska/Chanhassen/Prior Lake/Shakopee 7-2 in the section playoffs.
Harjes and Riley Cludy were the team’s lone all-conference recipients and among those honored during the team’s postseason awards banquet at Pizza Hut in Oak Park Heights on Dec. 5. Dan Pehrson received honorable mention all-conference recognition.
“We had a great evening,” Ponies coach Rob Hollerbach said.
Awards were presented to several individuals, including: Hannah Johnson (Rookie of the Year), Cali Capistrant (Most Improved Player), Brittany Benz (Most Cheerful Award), Sam Sundgaard (Welcome Back Award), Wesley Dahle and Devin Wildes (Forward Assist Award), Dan Pehrson (Defensive Player of the Year) and Cludy (Goalie of the Year).
Also announced at the banquet is that Pehrson and Harjes will serve as captains for the 2013 team. Hollerbach is hoping to increase participation numbers next season and interested players are reminded that registration begins in August for players in grades 7-12.
All-Conference: Riley Cludy and Austin Harjes; All-Conference Honorable Mention: Dan Pehrson; Rookie of the Year: Hannah Johnson; Most Improved Player: Cali Capistrant; Most Cheerful Award: Brittany Benz; Welcome Back Award: Sam Sundgaard; Forward Assist Award: Wesley Dahle and Devin Wildes; Defensive Player of the Year: Dan Pehrson; Goalie of the Year: Riley Cludy; Most Valuable Player: Austin Harjes; Captains elect: Dan Pehrson and Austin Harjes.