Five area soccer players earned All-Ohio distinctions by the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association recently.
Crestview junior forward Greg Bable, who led his team to a share of the Inter-Tri County League title, was a first-team selection in Div. III. Bable scored a school single-season record 42 goals (the previous mark was 33 set by Ken Wagenhouser in 2002) and added 17 assists. Bable has more than 50 goals in his career.
South Range senior midfielder Patrick McCarthy was named to the second team in Div. III as the Raiders shared the ITCL title with Crestview. McCarthy, who had six goals and two assists, played a critical role in organizing the attack and managing the defense.
Minerva senior midfielder Nathan Smith was a second team pick in Div. II as he helped lead the Lions to their first district title.
On the girls' side, United junior midfielder MacKenzie Gatchel earned second-team honors in Div. III after she tallied 18 goals and 13 assists this season. She led the Eagles to a 15-1-2 record and an ITCL championship.
"She's the best girls player I've seen," United coach Raymond O'Flaherty said. "She's a bit unusual in that she can go right and left very well. You don't see that much even in the men's game."
In Div. II, Minerva's senior goalkeeper Raychel Blocher was a second-team selection as the Lions posted their best record in school history at 12-3-4. Blocher had 10 shutouts and allowed one goal per game.