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HS: TeamSnap Boys All-America update

Article Written by Sheldon Shealer
Published: December 22, 2016

More than 400 fall- and winter-playing high school boys players will make the cut for the Fall TeamSnap All-America Watch List and Winter TeamSnap All-America Watch List

Players, through coaches recommendations and TopDrawerSoccer staff observations, will be added each week to the list as performances warrant. The only players that will be removed from the list will be athletes who are no longer playing high school soccer or sustain a season-ending injury that will take them out of all-state consideration.

Here are recent performances and updates from players on the TeamSnap All-America Watch Lists:

BOYS

Ben Alexander, Calvert Hall (Md.), Sr., F: The 6-foot forward who is committed to Kentucky was selected as the Baltimore Sun Player of the Year after leading Calvert Hall to its first MIAA A Conference title since 2003. Alexander scored 25 goals — a staggering figure in the highly competitive MIAA A Conference, where the top four teams all spent time in the SIMA FAB 50 this past fall, three of them in the Top 25. Alexander also plays for Pipeline SC, which won the US Youth Soccer Under-17 national title last summer in an all-Maryland national final.

* Tajon Buchanan, Legacy (Colo.), Sr., F: The Canadian transplant lit up the Colorado high school scene this past fall, scoring a Class 5A-best 21 goals. Buchanan recently was named the Boulder County Preps Player of the Year. He has committed to Syracuse.

* Harris Dzafic, East Kentwood (Mich.), Jr., GK: Dzafic, who is a Region 2 ODP keeper for the 2000s, was selected as the state’s top goalkeeper and member of the 11-person Dream Team. He allowed only two goals in seven playoff matches, leading East Kentwood to a state title and a final SIMA FAB 50 ranking.

* Kizza Edward, Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.), Sr., F: Edward arrived at Montverde as an accomplished goalscorer from a small Virginia private school. He needed to wait his turn to crack the Montverde lineup, and as a senior has taken on the role as finisher. Edward, who is uncommitted, has a team-best 14 goals as the Eagles are undefeated and three wins away from a fifth straight SIMA FAB 50 national title. 

* Billy Hency, [Summit mo-m] (Mo.), Jr., MF: Hency was an easy choice as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Player of the Year after leading Summit to a 28-2-1 season, a state title and a SIMA FAB 50 ranking. Hency, whose father, uncle and cousin all won high school state titles for St. Louis-area programs, finished the year with 36 goals and 24 assists. He scored 13 game-winning goals as Summit won its first state title. Hency was also one of the standouts at the Gateway City Soccer Classic in late September.

 NOTE: The fall All-America watch list includes only players from high school teams that compete during the fall season. The Winter All-America watch list was released in November and includes players from the seven winter-playing states, and the Spring All-America watch list will follow in February.
 
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