Trail Blazers Spotlight

Sara Simpson

This month's Student-Athlete in the Spotlight is Sara Simpson.  Sara is a 2015 graduate of Lee's Summit North High School, where she played varsity soccer and earned an academic award for her work in the classroom.  Her club soccer career encompassed play with Summit Soccer Club and KC Select.  For the Trail Blazers, Sara started all 16 games as a freshman, contributing five assists while anchoring the team's defense at center back.  Her peers and coaches noticed her outstanding play and voted her to the National Junior College Athletic Association Region XVI 1st Team in 2015.  

Sara doesn't simply rely on her talent to bring her success on the field and in the classroom.  She sets a great example for others through quiet dedication and tremendous work effort.  She showed up for every off-season practice in order to improve and continues to excel academically.  Along with other returning Trail Blazers, she has also taken the time to welcome and get to know incoming recruits ahead of the 2016 season.  Sara plans to transfer to a four year institution in order to continue to play soccer and work towards a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  MCC-Blue River is fortunate to have Sara as part of our program and know she will help make the 2016 season a success.  

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Trail Blazers moving on to four year programs

Brooke Howe, Cali Fournier and Sara Simpson all accepted offers and signed letters of intent to play at four year colleges.  Each was instrumental in the MCC-Blue River regular and postseason success in 2016.  All three earned NJCAA Region XVI First Team honors. 

Brooke Howe accepted an offer to play at Missouri Western State University.  She played and started in 18 games during her one season at MCC-Blue River, scoring 4 goals and providing 3 assists. Her energy and distribution provided the vital link from defense to offense.  She earned the Trail Blazers Leadership Award in 2016. 

Cali Fournier accepted an offer to play at Missouri Valley College.  In two seasons, Cali played and started in 31 games, scoring 18 goals and providing 8 assists.  Her speed, quickness and positive attitude provided the offensive spark for many wins over two years. She earned the Trail Blazers Offensive MVP Award in 2015 and 2016. 

Sara Simpson also accepted an offer to play at Missouri Valley College.  Sara played and started in 34 games during her two seasons at MCC-Blue River.  She was a defensive force at centerback, helping the team to seven shutouts in 2016. She also earned the Trail Blazers Defensive MVP Award in 2015 and 2016. 

Incoming Trail Blazers recruits for 2017

The MCC-Blue River soccer program is preparing for another season.  The program seeks to build on its NJCAA Region XVI runner-up finish with quality incoming student-athletes. Here is the list of the student-athletes who have committed to the Trail Blazers' program for 2017, along with the high school they attend.

Chloe Deshazer – Raytown High School

Lindsey Mangum – Grain Valley High School

Morgan McClendon – Central High School

Taylor Rayos – Raymore-Peculiar High School

Kelsi Schaeberg – Fort Osage High School

Madison Stottlemyre – Liberty High School

Michaela Webb – Blue Springs 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 recognized student-athletes for outstanding academic and athletic achievement.  This year’s recipients were:

Cali Fournier and Samantha Berg– Trail Blazers Offensive MVP Award

Sara Simpson – Trail Blazers Defensive MVP Award

Brooke Howe  – Trail Blazers Leadership Award

Sydney Shatzer and Megan Long – Trail Blazers Most Improved Player Award

Amber Krumm and Jessi Rabe – Trail Blazers Scholar Athlete Award

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

Cali Fournier, Sara Simpson, Brooke Howe and Lindsey Davis earn All-Region XVI honors

Cali Fournier, Sara Simpson and Brooke Howe were selected by coaches to the NJCAA All-Region XVI First Team.  Brooke was a first time selections, while Cali and Sara earned the honor for the second consecutive season.  Lindsey Davis was also recognized for her stellar play in goal with an NJCAA All-Region Second Team selection. 

Congratulations to all four student-athletes on their fantastic contribution to the Trail Blazer program and their well-deserved NJCAA recognition!   

Trail Blazers finish season with penalty kick loss in Region XVI Final

The MCC-Blue River women's team completed a five game turnaround from 2015, earning a 9-7-2 record and runner-up finish in the NJCAA Region XVI Final.  

The Trail Blazers started the final strong with a goal in the first half from Sam Berg off of a corner kick.  St. Charles equalized in the second half and the teams remained deadlocked after the second overtime.  Unfortunately, the Trail Blazers came up short in the penalty kick shootout; suffering a heartbreaking loss to a team they defeated 1-0 earlier in the season.

With the loss, the program says goodbye to sophomores Cali Fournier, Sianna Aumua, Brooke Howe, Lindsey Davis, Michelle Llamas, Jessi Rabe, Kerinne Murry, Amber Krumm and Sara Simpson. MCC-Blue River is proud of all they have accomplished in their time as Trail Blazers! 

Sam Berg scores two goals to lead the Trail Blazers to a semi-final win

Sam Berg scored two goals in the second half to help seal the Trail Blazers 4-0 win over St. Louis Community College in the NJCAA Region XVI Semi-final.  She was assisted by Paige Deuel and Anna Witherell.  Goals by Michelle Llamas and Amber Krumm provided the bookends for Berg's two goals.  Michelle Llamas started the scoring in the first half, slotting home a pass from Anna Witherell. Amber Krumm completed the scoring with three minutes left in the game, notching her first goal of the season off a pass from Chanceuse Redhage.  

The Trail Blazers defense, led by Sara Simpson, Tyler Farrell, Sydney Shatzer, Sianna Aumua, Megan Long and Cydney Slade turned in a strong performance.  It was the Trail Blazers seventh shutout of the season. The win propelled the team into the final against St. Charles Community College on Saturday, October 29, 2016.   

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