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Senior standouts Lepant, Scott among five Ozark All-COC First-Team honorees


Ozark has been rewarded for its second straight undefeated run through the COC with a handful of All-COC First-Team selections.

The Tigers' First-Team picks are midfielder Phin Scott, defenders August McComas and Connor Cummings and forwards Caleb Lepant and Alex Williams.

 Lepant's senior season saw him notch a single-season school record 37 goals. For his career, he had 53 goals and 26 assists.

Scott contributed 24 goals and 11 assists as a senior, upping his career totals to 35 goals and 24 assists.

McComas and Cummings  were part of an Ozark defense that allowed an average of 0.9 goals a match.

Williams netted 23 goals and six assists as a junior.

Nixa has a trio of First-Team choices in forwards Caeden Cloud and Lucas Green and defender Sam Sellenriek. 

Cloud topped the Eagles with 22 goals and tied for the team-high in assists with 10. Green delivered a hat trick and a game-winning goal in Districts on his way to 20 goals. 

Sellenriek spearheaded a Nixa defense that blanked Glendale 1-0 in a District semifinal.

The First Team includes a whopping 22 players and nine of the 10 member schools are represented by at least one player. Only Willard was shut out.

No Player of The Year was recognized. It certainly would have been interesting to see if Lepant or Carthage high-scoring forward Welle Welle would have got the nod.

The COC championship was decided in memorable fashion by Ozark’s 4-3 overtime triumph at Carthage. Lepant posted tying and winning goals, while Welle netted a hat trick.

In addition to Welle, Carthage’s other First-Team picks are Henry Hernandez, Silas Laytham and Anderson Reyes.

The rest of the First Team is made up of Neosho’s Marcos Ayjun and Zane Thornberry, Republic’s Santino Stiglianese, Webb City’s Josh White and Luis Gallardo, Joplin’s Ely Montanez and Adam Badr, Carl Junction’s Gavin Cowger and Branson’s Sean Dailey and Dane Efird.

Ozark’s Second-Team selections are defenders Jake Garner and Caden McGehee and goalkeeper Carson Sandgren.

Nixa’s Second-Team picks are defender Blake Reynolds and ‘keeper Mason Adair.

Adair was part of nine Nixa shutouts, allowed an average of 1.3 goals a match and made 83 saves.

Reynolds and Cloud, with 10 assists apiece, shared the Eagles’ team lead in assists.

In the All-Class 4 District 5 voting, Scott was named the District MVP, Lepant the Offensive Player of The Year, McComas and Cummings co-Defensive Players of The Year and Adair the Goalie of The Year.