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Bullard Brook Hill and Tyler Grace Community dominated the district soccer season and the two schools did as well on the all-league team, the district coaches announced.

Grace had six first-teamers with Brook Hill garnering five spots on the TAPPS Division II All-District 3 soccer team.

Cougars on the first team were senior forwards Kaleb Bates and Braden Brady, senior midfielder Jody Dozier, senior defenders Josiah Murray and William Blankenship, and junior goalkeeper Jonathan Murphy.

Guard players on the top squad were senior forward Caleb Collins, junior midfielder Andrew Winston Hebert, sophomore midfielder Zakhar Zapolskyy, junior defender Jake Shaffer and sophomore goalkeeper Miguel Medina.

Tyler Bishop Gorman senior defender Joseph Martins was also on the first team, along with junior forward Elliott Bracy and junior midfielder Tyler Sterbenz, both of Dallas Christian.

Brook Hill made it to the state tournament before falling in the state semifinals.


TAPPS Division II All-District 3 Soccer Team

First Team

Offense — Kaleb Bates, senior, Grace Community; Caleb Collins, senior, Brook Hill; Braden Brady, senior, Grace Community; Elliott Bracy, junior, Dallas Christian.

Midfield — Andrew Winston Hebert, junior, Brook Hill; Zakhar Zapolskyy, sophomore, Brook Hill; Jody Dozier, senior, Grace Community; Tyler Sterbenz, junior, Dallas Christian.

Defense — Jake Shaffer, junior, Brook Hill; Josiah Murray, senior, Grace Community; William Blankenship, senior, Grace Community; Joseph Martins, senior, Bishop Gorman.

Goalkeeper — Miguel Medina, sophomore, Brook Hill; Jonathan Murphy, junior, Grace Community.

Second Team

Offense — Kirk Jean-Baptiste, senior, Brook Hill; Luke Hunsinger, freshman, Grace Community; Josh Collins, freshman, Brook Hill; Austin Johnson, sophomore, Grace Community.

Midfield — Jake Wilson, senior, Grace Community; Rush McLarry, senior, Brook Hill; William (Carson) Eitel, sophomore, Grace Community; Mario Enriquez, sophomore, Grace Community.

Defense — Dung “Zach” Nguyen, senior, Brook Hill; Tanner Martin, senior, Dallas Christian; Cody Peterman, senior, Dallas Christian; Zachary Reed, sophomore, Brook Hill.

Goalkeeper — Jaret Liebbe, freshman, Dallas Christian; Casen Salitore, senior, Bishop Gorman.

Honorable Mention

Offense — Hunter Bates, sophomore, Grace Community.

Midfield — Dylan Dossey, freshman, Grace Community; Brett Brown, freshman, Grace Community.

Defense — Marco Anaya Gonzalez, senior, Grace Community.


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