RIPLEY - Four Ripley High School Soccer players have received honors as members of the 2012 All Mountain State Athletic Conference team and the AAA West Virginia All-State team.
In the conference, the coach of the year was Winfield's Mike Foster and the player of the year was also a General, Preston Shelton.
Ripley senior goalkeeper Chuck Sleboda notched honorable mention in both the conference and the state. The rugged 6-3 athlete is also a rebound machine for Ripley's basketball team.
"Chuck has done a fantastic job averaging 15-plus saves per game. He is one of the best keepers in the state and exemplified that all season," said coach Tim Ross.
Sophomore defender Noah Ross landed on the AAA All State squad as an honorable mention selection. The speedy sophomore represented the state of West Virginia in National Region One play in 2011 this past summer in Lancaster Pennsylvania.
"Noah has really found his position as a defender this year. His dedication, speed, physical size, and play has greatly improved as he shut down many of the top forwards in the state," added Coach Ross.
Junior mid-fielder Parker Lively netted special honorable mention honors in the conference and honorable mention AAA West Virginia All-State.
Lively also represented the state of West Virginia the last two years in National Region One play in 2010 and 2011.
"Parker is one of those complete players a coach has the honor of working with. He is a threat in any position on the field. His versatility, and athleticism is an outstanding asset and his competitiveness is always at one hundred percent," said Ross.
Junior Jo Jo Greely-Fay landed on the honorable mention West Virginia AAA All-State team for 2012.
Greely-Fay is an intense competitor that leaves it all on the field for the blue and white.
"Jo Jo has the versatility to play any position. When he plays forward he is hard to stop on one/one situations. His technical skill is one of the best in the state and he is a serious player that teams are going to have to deal with next year," added Ross.
Coach Ross speaks with excitement about the future of his young roster.
"This young team did what a team should do; correct mistakes, grow as a team, and improve. They did that and came so close in the play-offs and in my book, every member on this team should receive a special thank you and recognition for a job well done. If they play with the dedication and commitment next year that they did at the end of the season this year, they will definitely make an impact in 2012. I couldn't be more proud of the effort this team."