Neosho seniors Ashley Talley and Laken Schnackenberg earned one more distinguished honor for their efforts both on the pitch and in the classroom when the Missouri High School Soccer Coaches Association released its All-Academic Team on Tuesday, a day after All-Region teams were released.
The MSHSSCA named its criteria: "The Missouri Soccer Academic Team is a highly select group of seniors from all four classes who have excelled both on the field and in the classroom during their high school careers. Nominees are first screened for soccer excellence based on information provided by their coach of their playing success and other contributions to the team. Players that meet the criteria for soccer excellence are then evaluated academically using a combination of their GPA and ACT score (GPA x ACT). Players must also participate in more than two additional extra-curricular activities in order to be considered and have played at least two years of varsity soccer. The top players on this objective ranking are placed on the Academic Team."
Talley and Schnackenberg are joined by 27 other players and Neosho's two honorees are tied for the most in the state with Christian, Incarnate Word, Mexico, Park Hill, Springfield Catholic, Summit Christian, and Warrensburg.
Talley and Schnackenberg are Neosho's first girls selections since Madison Houk made the grade in 2015.
Jacob Scribner represented the boys in the fall and Garrett Weber earned all-academic honors in 2016.
2018 MSHSSCA ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM
Grace Hall, Camdenton
Morgan Grable, Chillicothe
Abby King, Christian
Rachel Curran, Christian
Paige Anderson, Fort Zumwalt West
Shelby Nelson, Hannibal
Megan Kerr, Helias Catholic
Sophie Patterson, Incarnate Word
Emma Vaughn, Incarnate Word
Kasey Hartmann, Lutheran South
Brynne Sandfort, Lutheran St. Charles
Allison Weber, Marshall
Sophie McKeown, Mexico
Kaelyn Denham, Mexico
Ashley Talley, Neosho
Laken Schnackenberg, Neosho
Kailey Weiskopf, Oakville
Kelbey Emerson, Park Hill
Alison Walls, Park Hill
Kate Eischens, Park Hill South
Laurel Mueller, Saxony Lutheran
Elizabeth Matz, Smith-Cotton
Brinn Cooper, Springfield Catholic
Ellie Palmer, Springfield Catholic
Amanda Baumruk, St. Clair
Glori Gronberg, Summit Christian
Avery Brooks, Summit Christian
Carly Russell, Warrensburg
Emerald McKinley, Warrensburg