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.
Bukuru Diedone – Hickman High School
Juan Garcia – Belton High School
Hunter Hampton – Lee’s Summit West High School
Austin Hardy – Lee’s Summit High School
Caleb Hodges – Belton High School
Trevon Lewis – Lee’s Summit West 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 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 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!
The Trail Blazers season came to a close on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 in Neosho, MO. Despite testing the opposing goalkeeper with seven shots on target, the Trail Blazers were unable to defeat Crowder College in the NJCAA Region XVI Semifinal, falling 3-0. This was the program's sixth semifinal appearance in Region XVI play, having advanced to and won the final in 2010 and 2014.
The program says goodbye to sophomores Nick Cooper, Andrew Lee, Patrick Foster, Zach Foss, Kyle Findley, Tarrek Alkhatib, Zion Hartzler, Shon Hatzler, Jesus Herrera, Lien Bugosen and Matt Hodges! Thank-you for all you have contributed to the MCC-Blue River program and family!
The Trail Blazers defeated defending NJCAA Region XVI Champion, and second seeded, Jefferson College on Saturday, October 22, 2016 by a score of 1-0 in the Region XVI Quarterfinal. They accomplished this victory despite playing the final 35 minutes with 10 players when a Blue River player was issued his second yellow card, resulting in a red card ejection. The Trail Blazers scored with 13 minutes left in the contest and resolutely defended during the final minutes to earn the win. The goal came off a set piece from sophomore Shon Hartzler. Freshman goal keeper Jonathan Sartin made several big saves to help earn the win and the shutout.