SEVENTEEN local players were selected to the recently-released All-Region 8-AA soccer teams.
East Jackson had seven players picked combined between the boys’ and girls’ teams, the most of any local school.
Sheena McEachin was a first-team girls selection, while Haley Simmons made the girls’ second team and Skyler Cozzens was a girls’ team honorable mention. The Eagles’ Jake Pitcher made the boys’ first team, while Cody Adams was named to the boys’ second team. Ernesto Alarcon and Nishank Patel were both boys honorable mentions.
Jackson County had six representatives.
Katie Phillips was a first-team girls pick for the Lady Panthers — who advanced to the Elite Eight — while Sydney Baird made the girls’ second team and Allison Reilly was a girls honorable mention selection. On the boys’ side, John Gee earned first-team honors while Christian Villa made the second team and Patrick Ventura was a honorable mention selection.
Jefferson had four all-region picks.
Carolyn Carreno made the girls’ first team, while Stephanie Lamm was a second-team pick for the girls.
For the boys, Bryan Thao was a first-team selection and Robert Griffeth made the second team.