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Top honors for Tiger soccer stars
Jun 2, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
Kyle Leemon and Daniel Bolding were part of a powerful scoring machine for the Lander Tigers this spring on the soccer field, and each is taking home a top individual award in Class 3-A.
Leemon, who topped 3-A in scoring with 32 goals, was named the Upperclassmen of the Year.
Bolding was selected as the Underclassmen of the Year. Leemon was a senior this season, Bolding a junior.
Teammates Eli Lowham, Adam Arredando and Casey Winger also were selected to the Class 3-A all-state list.
Lander coach Dan Howlett said Leemon scored nearly 70 goals in his career.
Leemon knocked in 10 goals this year against Class 4-A opponents.
"Kyle had a top-notch year for us," Howlett said. "He is the top scorer we have ever had."
Leemon scored three goals against the Riverton Wolverines and four more vs. the Casper Kelly Walsh Trojans.
"Going into the state tournament, he had twice as many goals as anyone close to him," Howlett said. "He is just a very gifted player. He has great speed."
Leemon also tallied 12 assists.
"He was very willing to give up the ball," Heat said. "He worked very hard."
Jackson made sure its defense was centered on stopping Leemon.
"Other teams would try to run a zone where they would slide a couple of kids on him at a time," Howlett said.
Leemon has decided to enroll as a full-time student at University of Wyoming.
"I think that it was a hard decision for him," Howlett said.
The Tiger junior has started the past two years at midfielder.
"Daniel is a real hard worker," Howlett said.
Bolding had six goals and 18 assists.
"He moved the ball well for us," Howlett said. "He is a just a very strong and athletic young man."
Winger and Arredando anchored Lander's defense.
Lowham controlled the midfield with Bolding.
"I thought they all played well enough to make all-state," Howlett said. "We were rewarded with being No. 2 before the state tournament started."
All five of players were team captains for Howlett.
"They were active in helping set up practices," Howlett said.
Daniel Lobera landed on the Class 3-A East all-conference first team. He scored five goals in three matches at the state tournament.
"That was a tremendous feat," Howlett said.
Class 3-A all-state soccer team
Will Horstman, Jackson; Zane Hengel, Buffalo; Garrett Monroe, Buffalo; Dane Abrams, Star Valley; Tyler Ouellette, Powell; Kyle Leemon, Lander.
Josh Golmore, Jackson; Juan Morillon, Jackson; Cesar Garcia, Rawlins; Mitchell Wilcox, Buffalo; James Musselman, Buffalo; Brian Burton, Star Valley; Eli Lowham, Lander, Daniel Bolding, Lander.
Adam Arredando, Lander, Casey Winger, Lander, chandler Rodriguez, Buffalo, Eric Pantuso, Star Valley; Danny Becerra, Jackson; Jimmy Hessler, Jackson; Jordan Steckler, Cody, Noah Katz, Powell.
Zach McIsaac, Cody; Creel Smith, Jackson; Alex McAnelly, Torrington.
3-A East all-conference
Blayn Watson, Douglas; Jonathan Acosta, Rawlins, Zane Hengel, Buffalo; Garrett Monroe, Buffalo; Daniel Lobera, Lander; Kyle Leemon, Lander.
Cody Lebert, Douglas; Cesar Garcia, Rawlins, Will Berth Magallans, Rawlins; Cole Brothwell, Torrington; James Musselman, Buffalo; Mitchell Wilcox, Buffalo; Daniel Bolding, Lander, Eli Lowham, Lander.
Kohlton Harkness, Douglas; Kieran Winter, Newcastle; Logan Kelly, Rawlins; Michael Gottschin, Torrington; Wyatt Somson, Torrington, Adam Arredando, Lander; Casey Winger, Lander; Nathan Gilbert, Buffalo; Chandler Rodriguez, Buffalo.
Goalies -- Hamp Gunderman, Buffalo; Alex McAnelly, Torrington; Micah Thompson, Douglas.
Note: Lander players making honorable mention all-conference were Abe Lowham, goalie; Keaton Scott, fullback; Nate Linton, halfback.