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Haight, Yows earn all-state player of the year honors

Andy Brown / Louisburg Sports Zone

Louisburg senior Ryan Haight was named as the Class 4-1A Co-Defender of the Year recently by the Kansas High School Soccer Coaches Association.

The Louisburg boys soccer team had one of its best seasons in the program’s history in 2019 as they set a school record in number of wins and earned a No. 1 seed in the state playoffs.

The state soccer coaches were well aware of the Wildcats’ accomplishments and several players were rewarded for their efforts.

Six Louisburg players were selected to the Kansas High School Soccer Coaches Association all-state team and two were named players of the year for their position.

Sophomore Braden Yows was named the Class 4-1A Co-Midfielder of the Year along with Eudora’s Keaton Herron and Wichita-Trinity’s Sakai Kan. Senior Ryan Haight was named Co-Defender of the Year with Bishop Miege’s JohnJoe Lopez and Ramon Rodriguez.

Along with Yows and Haight, freshman Cade Gassman was a first team selection at the forward spot. Sophomore defender Michael Seuferling, senior goalkeeper Garrett Rolofson and junior forward Treston Carlson were each named to the second team.

Sophomore Braden Yows was named as the Class 4-1A Co-Midfielder of the Year.

“I could not be happier for these young men to be recognized as 4A-1A all-state players,” Louisburg coach Kyle Conley said. “These boys absolutely worked their tails off to earn these awards. These awards are only possible because of their teammates. Braden getting midfielder of the year and Ryan getting defender of the year were incredible. They both played at such a high level in every game that they played in. I could not have been more excited for those two to be acknowledged by coaches around the state for their play.”

Yows had a big season from his midfield spot as he finished the year with 11 goals, three of which were game-winners, and ended with a team-high 14 assists. He also had 44 shots on goal.

Haight, who only played in nine games this season due to injury, made the most of his playing time as he was in charge of shadowing the team’s best player from his defensive-midfield spot. He also had a goal and two assists on the year.

Also on the first team, Gassman finished with a team-high 18 goals, including four game-winning scores, to go along with five assists from his forward position.

Rolofson, who is in his first year as a varsity starter, posted eight shutouts on the season and allowed only 17 goals, four of which came from penalty shots. He also finished with 78 saves on the season and allowed the second fewest goals in Class 4-1A.

Seuferling was also a big part of the Wildcat defense from his outside back position. He helped Louisburg allow only 17 goals on the year and did not give up a goal all season.

Carlson also had a big year alongside Gassman at the forward position. The Louisburg junior was second on the team with 12 goals and five assists. He also had four game-winning goals.

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