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D-B’s Park tops Super 12 Soccer academic-athletic team

Douglas Fritz • May 29, 2020 at 10:00 AM

High school soccer has its share of standout athletic competitors in Northeast Tennessee who also perform well in the classroom.

The Super 12 Soccer team was put together by the Times News and Johnson City Press with the help of local coaches. It honors the top academic-athletic standout from each school.

With a big boost from his sparkling academic record, Jacob Park was selected as the honorary student-athlete of the year for the team.

Here is the complete list with a comment on each player from his coach.

DOBYNS-BENNETT

Jacob Park

Senior, goalkeeper

“He has a 4.3 GPA and scored 32 on his ACT,” said Tom LaGuardia. “Jacob has been a fixture of our program for the past four years. His drive and accountability both on the field and in the classroom have led him to a truly special high school career. We have been very fortunate to watch his development as both a player and as a leader in our program.”

SCIENCE HILL

Aniekan Ekefre

Junior, center midfield

“Aniekan is a 4.0 student who brings an amazing work rate every day to improve his game and to encourage those around him,” said David Strickland. “He is a true example of a student-athlete.”

DANIEL BOONE

Alan Gerlock

Sophomore, midfield

“Alan is a gifted young man who is dedicated not only to his sport, but to his teammates and to academic excellence,” Steve Sessis said. “He is a top-shelf individual.”

DAVID CROCKETT

Gideon Dowling

Junior, center back

“Gideon is a great athlete and an even better student,” said Chris Kudera. “He is a second-year captain for the team on the field and leads off the field by boasting a 4.0 in the classroom.”

TENNESSEE HIGH

Logan Streetman

Junior, center attacking midfielder

“Logan sets the example of what it means to be a student-athlete,” said Andrew Snyder. “Not only does he excel on the soccer pitch, but in the classroom he is the ideal student. He excels in every subject and masters a heavy workload of AP coursework, all while starting on our school’s cross country team in the fall and soccer in the spring — alongside working part time at the local Kroger. However, it’s his humility, work ethic, and compassion that set him apart from others.”

VOLUNTEER

J.B. Wilson

Senior, goalie

“He is as hard of a worker as anyone I have ever coached,” said Jeff Lukens. “His attitude is second to none, always a team-first mentality. And he has a 3.7 GPA. It breaks my heart he lost his senior year due to COVID-19.”

CHEROKEE

Jonathan Fulkerson

Senior, defensive back

“He is very dedicated on the field and in the classroom,” Charles Windham said.

ELIZABETHTON

Caleb Nathaniel Miller

Senior, midfield

“Caleb exemplifies the student-athlete,” said Bill McClay. “He put in the required effort to participate as a varsity player. He was a member of the Betsy Band. His attention to academics resulted in being in the top 10% at EHS. Caleb will be attending East Tennessee State University as a Provost Scholar to pursue a career in the medical field.”

SULLIVAN CENTRAL

Jude Jimenez

Junior, midfield

“Jude is the perfect example of a student-athlete,” Cory Judd said. “He shows up at every practice, strives to make good grades in the class, and is a leader to the other players.”

SULLIVAN SOUTH

Lance Pollack

Junior, midfield

“Lance plays sports year-round and still takes the time to focus on his school work,” said Noah Mintz. “Lance puts all he has into both school and sports.”

UNICOI COUNTY

Javier Castellon

Junior, defender

“Javier is an amazing student,” said Justin Ciralsky. “He is a great leader on the team and encourages the boys to push themselves on and off the field. He embodies our team motto of ‘Stand As One.’ ”

UNIVERSITY HIGH

Bracken Burns III

Junior, central midfielder

“Bracken has shown commitment to not just being a student-athlete in high school, but to continuing as a student-athlete at the college level,” said Coach Bracken Burns. “He takes dual enrollment courses at ETSU in addition to classes at UH.

“Bracken has been to over a dozen college ID camps, four college visits for soccer, and has several programs already interested in signing him to play in college. He is also a proven team leader and will be a three-year captain next season.”

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