All-Area spring teams announced
Justin Schuver, Hartselle Enquirer
The final votes for the Hartselle Enquirer All-Area soccer and track teams are in, and here are the members.
Leading the boys' first team is Priceville's Ryan Kirschbaum as player of the year. Kirschbaum set a new career record for goals, finding the back of the net 153 times as a member of the Bulldogs. The old record was held by Sam Tvrdy of St. Bernard, who scored 143 goals from 1996-99.
Joining Kirschbaum on the team are five members of the Hartselle Tigers, who won their first Morgan County Tournament championship this year. The rest of the team is Hartselle's Nikolas Gajardo, Marcello Countinho, Brad Galloway, Mike Walker and Aslan Davis; Brewer's Jeremy Talley, Kohl Sowder and Eric Vallejo and Priceville's Adam Woodson and Lorand Dragu.
Leading the girls team is Priceville's Kelly Rochester, a senior midfielder who was a team leader for the Lady Bulldogs this season. Earlier this year, she signed a scholarship to play soccer for Faulkner College in Montgomery.
Joining Rochester are Hartselle's Ashley Self, Heather Villanueva, Maricella Juarez and Kristie Osborne; Priceville's Stephanie Varner, Whitley Scruggs and Whitney Blackwood and Brewer's Grace Nielsen, Arlee Sowder and Tori Francis.
Leading the pack for the boys track team is Falkville's Shane Edge, who won four gold medals at the state meet. The Athlete of the Year for the girls track team was a tie between Falkville's Alisha Sparkman and Priceville's Meagan Harper.
Edge was a member of Falkville's gold medal 4-by-400 and 4-by-800 relay teams and also took first in both the 400-meter and 800-meter runs. As a member of the 4-by-800 team, Edge helped Falkville set a new state record.
Sparkman and Harper each won two silver medals at state competition. Sparkman took second in the javelin throw and pole vault and Harper was runner-up in both the shot put and discus throw.
Falkville dominated the boys first team this year, with five Blue Devils in addition to Edge. Justin Blanchard, Josh Henderson, Jonathan McNatt, Cody Sewell and Jace Wilemon each won at least one gold medal at the state finals. McNatt and Wilemon each won two.
Also named to the team were Priceville's Garrett Bailey and Brad Helton, who took silver in the 200 meters and shot put, respectively.
On the girls team, Falkville had five athletes named in addition to Sparkman. Emily Robbins, Alesia Smith, Nichole Lee and Krystal Gibbs were members of the silver-medal 4-by-800 relay team and Paige McCarley took bronze medals in both the high jump and triple jump.
Completing the girls team is Hartselle's Shan Jones, who finished in fourth place in the shot put.