Trail Blazers Spotlight

This month's Trail Blazers in the Spotlight are Sydney Shatzer, April Krumm, Anna Witherell, Megan Long, Madison Hart, and Tyler Farrell.  Not only are they an integral part of the 2017-2018 Trail Blazers soccer team, but all six were National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Academic selections in 2016-2017.  Additionally, their stellar academic performance contributed to the women's team earning NJCAA All-Academic Team Honorable Mention with a 3.16 Grade Point Average (GPA).

Sydney Shatzer and April Krumm earned First Team NJCAA All-Academic honors with a 4.0 GPA. Sydney is a graduate of Lee's Summit North High School and is working toward a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Kinesiology.  April is a graduate of Jefferson City High School and plans to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  

Anna Witherell and Megan Long earned Second Team NJCAA All-Academic honors with GPA's between 3.80 - 3.99.  Anna is a graduate of Centerplace Restoration High School.  Her educational goal is to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  Megan graduated from Smithville High School and is working toward a Bachelor of Arts in Biology.  

Madison Hart and Tyler Farrell earned Third Team NJCAA All-Academic honors with GPA's between 3.60 - 3.79.  Madison is a graduate of Blue Springs South High School.  Her academic goal is to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with a specialty in Radiology.  Tyler is a graduate of Smithville High School and is studying to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Digital or Commercial Art.  

Sydney, April, Anna, Megan, Madison and Tyler are shining examples of what student-athletes can accomplish on the field of play and in the classroom.  


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Metropolitan Community College consolidates athletics program starting in fall 2018

The MCC-Blue River and MCC-Maple Woods women's soccer programs will merge into one MCC program beginning in the fall of 2018!  The women's team will be located at the MCC-Blue River campus.  Coach David Owens will oversee the team along with assistant coaches Brad Childers and Chelsea Ramirez.  With consolidation, future student-athletes will be able to take classes at any one of the five MCC campuses and still play soccer for MCC. On December 7, 2017, MCC announced that Wolves will be the name of the new mascot.

If interested in becoming a part of the MCC Wolves soccer program, please click on the recruiting tab and fill out a form! Collectively, both MCC soccer teams have been to six NJCAA Region 16 finals since being founded in 2007.  The lone title was won by MCC-Blue River in 2011.  With the pooling of talent and resources, the future of the program is very promising!  Come join the pack and run with the Wolves! 

Trail Blazers finish season as NJCAA Region 16 runners-up!

The Trail Blazers faced St. Louis Community College (STLCC) in the Region 16 semifinal.  STLCC previously won 3-0 during region play; however, the Trail Blazers improved tremendously throughout the season and defeated STLCC 2-0 for a return trip to the NJCAA Region 16 final.  Sophomores Allie Welch and Samantha Berg scored and assisted each other for both goals.  Goalkeeper Mikayla Hoyle made two late point-blank saves to preserve the shutout.  She was supported by a hard working defensive and midfield unit in front of the MCC-Blue River goal.   

In the Region 16 final, the opponent for the third time in four seasons was once again St. Charles Community College (SCC), a team the Trail Blazers lost to in penalty kicks during the previous season’s final.  Sophomore Paige Deuel put the team ahead 1-0 with a first half penalty kick. Unfortunately, the Trail Blazers could not hold the lead, eventually falling 3-1 to SCC.  Although the loss was a disappointment, the Trail Blazers continued arc of improvement already has them looking forward to 2018! 

Paige Deuel and Allie Welch selected to NJCAA Region 16 First Team

Paige Deuel and Allie Welch were selected to the NJCAA Region 16 First Team by region coaches.  Paige, a graduate of Smithville High School, was the Trail Blazers team captain. She started 17 games, scored three goals and provided two assists from defense and midfield.  Allie, a graduate of Center High School, led the team in scoring with nine goals and four assists as a forward.  She started 18 games.  Both players scored crucial goals in the regional tournament, helping the Trail Blazers to a runner-up finish for the second year in a row!  Congratulations Paige and Allie! 

Trail Blazers honored during athletic awards ceremony 

The MCC-Blue River soccer program hosted the annual Trail Blazers Athletic Awards Program on Wednesday, November 15, 2017.  The annual event recaps the season and recognizes athletic achievement and contribution to the success of the Trail Blazers soccer program.  Award winners were:

Trail Blazers Offensive MVP – Samantha Berg and Allie Welch

Trail Blazers Defensive MVP – Megan Long

Trail Blazers Team MVP – Paige Deuel

Trail Blazers Spirit Award – Tyler Farrell

Trail Blazers Most Improved Player – Anna Witherell

Trail Blazers Scholar Athlete Award - April Krumm, Sydney Shatzer and Anna Witherell