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BR Trailblazer Soccer - Zion Hartzler #6Zion Hartzler #6Shon and Zion Hartzler are this month's Trail Blazers in the Spotlight.  They
are identical twins from Harrisonville High School, who came to the United States from Uganda in 2006 after being adopted into the Hartzler family.  When asked about the difference between Uganda and the United States, BR Trailblazer Soccer - Shon Hartzler #12Shon Hartzler #12Shon replied, "The biggest difference is the opportunity to go to school and extend our education."  Fortunately for the Trail Blazers soccer program, they chose to extend their education at Metropolitan Community College - Blue River.

BR Trailblazer Soccer - Shon & Zion HartzlerDuring Shon's and Zion's senior year at Harrisonville, they earned 2014 Class 3 All-State 1st Team honors and were selected Co-Player of the Year in Kansas City.  As freshman at MCC-Blue River, they combined to score 9 goals and 6 assists. Shon and Zion will be key members of the Trail Blazers team in 2016, but more importantly, they plan to continue their educational journey at the four year level when successfully moving on from MCC-Blue River in 2017.    

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Trail Blazers accept offers to play at four year schools 

Nick Cooper, Matt Hodges, Shon Hartzler and Zion Hartzler all signed letters of intent to continue playing soccer at four year colleges.  

Nick Cooper accepted an offer from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri.  Over the course of two seasons, Nick played in 23 games, starting 20 of them as a goalkeeper for the Trail Blazers. He earned the Most Improved Player Award in 2016.  His improvement is a testament to his hard work and dedication.  

Matt Hodges signed to play at Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri.  He was a rock solid presence in the Trail Blazers back line the past two seasons.  Matt played in 34 games, starting 32 of them as a centerback.  He was a team captain his sophomore season, leading by example with a commitment to team play.  He earned the Defensive MVP Award in 2016. 

Shon and Zion Hartzler accepted offers from Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri. Both played in over 34 games each during two seasons, adding offensive and defensive punch to the Trail Blazers team.  They were also team captains their sophomore season.  Shon earned the Trail Blazers Leadership Award and Zion earned the Offensive MVP Award in 2016. as well as NJCAA All-Region XVI First Team honors. 

MCC-Blue River student-athlete commitments for 2017

The MCC-Blue River soccer program is gearing up for another season.  The program seeks to build on its 2016 NJCAA Region XVI Semifinal appearance by adding quality student-athletes. Here is a list of the incoming student-athletes committed to the Trail Blazers program for 2017, along with the high school they attend.

Issa Butoyi - Hickman High School 

Bukuru Dieudone – Hickman High School

Juan Garcia – Belton High School

Hunter Hampton – Lee’s Summit West High School

Kyle Handy - Blue Springs High School

Austin Hardy – Lee’s Summit High School

Caleb Hodges – Belton High School

Trevon Lewis – Lee’s Summit West High School

Alfredo Mondragon - Lee's Summit North High School

Evan Minter – Blue Springs South High School

Walter Ordones – Reed High School

Austin Rowe - Lee's Summit High School

Noe Sosa – Belton High School

James Wiltfang – Lee’s Summit West High School

MCC-Blue River Awards Program 

MCC-Blue River hosted the annual Trail Blazers Athletic Awards Program on Thursday, November 17, 2016.  The program recaps the season and recognize student-athletes for outstanding athletic achievement.  This year’s recipients were:

Zion Hartzler – Trail Blazers Offensive MVP Award

Matt Hodges – Trail Blazers Co-Defensive MVP Award

Hakim Hemada – Trail Blazers Co-Defensive MVP Award

Kyle Findley – Trail Blazers Leadership Award

Shon Hartzler – Trail Blazers Leadership Award

Nick Cooper – Trail Blazers Most Improved Player Award

Congratulations to all award recipients, as well as all student-athletes whose hard work and dedication make the Trail Blazers’ program a success! 

Zion Hartzler and Hakim Hemada earn All-Region honors

Zion Hartzler and Hakim Hemada were selected to the NJCAA All-Region XVI team.  Zion was selected to the NJCAA Region XVI First Team. While at MCC-Blue River, Zion played in 35 games over two seasons, scored 10 goals and provided 8 assists. He was also a team captain his sophomore year. Hakim Hemada was selected to the NJCAA Region XVI Second Team. Hakim, a freshman from Egypt, played in 16 games for the Trail Blazers. Both Zion and Hakim played defense and were instrumental to the Trail Blazers five team shutouts and 1-0 Region XVI Quarter-final win over Jefferson College. Congratulations to both players!