First team selection Cara Maher of Russell leads a group of 10 area high school girls soccer players chosen for All-State honors.
All receive an opportunity to participate in today’s East-West games today at Tates Creek High School in Lexington. Honorable mention selections play at 1 p.m., followed by the first and second-team members at 3.
Russell, which finished 18-6-1 and reached the state quarterfinals, had five players receive All-State recognition.
Heather Hencye and Shelby Huddleston landed on the second team, while Lexie Frisby and Jennifer Sloan were honorable mention.
Shelby Hay of 15th Region champion Lawrence County was named to the second team. East Carter’s Macy Dyer, Ashland’s Charity Collins and Aidan Young, and Lawrence County’s Mollie Workman were honorable mention.
Maher gives Russell a player on the first team for the second year in a row, following Ashley Huffine.
“Cara’s very deserving,” Lady Devils coach Joe Grizzle said. “I think she will definitely be there again next year. The coaches I think were impressed with her at the Elite Eight game (4-0 loss to eventual state champion Notre Dame). She was able to move the ball so well.”
Maher, a junior, totaled 27 goals and nine assists as a center midfielder in her first season at Russell.
“One thing about Cara is her ability to go to top speed with the first step,” Grizzle said. “She just accelerates so fast. She reminds me of Megan Tabler (another former Russell first team All-State player) because of the way she is able to burst.”
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