By Evan Ren

Killeen Daily Herald

Celebrating what may have been the most successful combined effort by the programs in school history, the Ellison boys and girls soccer teams commemorated the 2005 season with their annual awards banquet on Thursday.

Held at the Killeen Community Center, the event celebrated the girls 12-10-1 campaign which saw them reach the playoffs for the first time in 14 years and earn their first-ever postseason victory. The boys weren't far behind, setting season records with 13 wins and 15 shutouts in regulation time (two were overtime losses).

Receiving awards for the girls team were Amy Kimmel and Tiffany Alston, who shared Most Valuable Player honors. Offensive MVP was shared as well between Amber Marbury and Angie Belford, while goalkeeper Anna Garrick took home the Defensive MVP.

Also receiving accolades were Nina Forrest and Lisabeth Lebron, who were both named Most Improved Player. Elizabeth Renner took home the Coach's Award, given to a player who plays multiple rolls with maximum effort, and Channing Mallin earned the Leadership Award.

In all, the Ellison girls set six team records in 2005, including victories in a season (12), shutouts in a season (10), district victories (9), district shutouts (7), goals scored in a season (56) and most goal scorers (13).

Individual achievements included Kimmel scoring a school-record 19 goals this season to push her career tally to 41, also a record. Marbury posted a record 11 assists on the year, and finished in second place on the all-time EHS scoring list with 21 goals.

In the classroom, Arielle Harris earned Academic All-State honors. Harris, along with Kimmel, Marbury, Lebron, Renner, Darlene Olarte, Amelia Bolle, Savannah Guzma and Meagan Wallace earned Academic All-District.

On the boys' side, A.J. Shiller took the Team MVP, while Frank Crabill and Josh Colberg were the offensive and defensive MVPs respectively.

Cody Pelton was named Most Improved Player, Cory Lewis named Mr. Hustle, and Richard Sanders took home the Leadership Award.

Making the first-team All-District 17-4A team were Dino Buchanan, Josh Colberg, Shiller, Sanders and Crabill. Second-team members were Ho-Yeul Lee, Chris Meyer, Cody Pelton and Jimmy Rodgers. Osarumwese Amadin and Jonathan Toro made honorable mention.

While hitting the books, Lee, Lewis, Meyer and trainer Nina Flick were all named to the Academic All-State team. Colberg, Crabill, Lee, Meyer, Lewis, Pelton and Steve Kim, earned Academic All-District.

All-district information has yet to be released for the girls.

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