CHAMPIONS—Members of the State AA Champion boys soccer team including L-R (sitting) senior Freddy Murillo; (kneeling) junior Zach Wiederrich; seniors Abdisa Baneta, Kirubel Yerga, Sunong Lepcha and Dillon Woodley; junior Darius Cooper; senior Alex Martinez; freshman Harrison Dubisar; sophomore Angel Hernan freshmen Alex Bittner  and Crispin Meyer; (standing) sophomore Kevin Franco; junior Jeremie Benson; sophomore Kevin Hernandez, seniors manager Tyler VanMeter, Fernando Saravia, Kim Ueng, Andrew Moss, Tory Shafer and Karnuah Dolo; sophomore Riley Stroh; senior manager Pierce Garrow; sophomore Max Andersen; assistant coaches Brady Stenzel and Logan Schaefers and head coach Dave Dancler display their trophy and other awards following the game Oct. 13. 

Boys earn school’s first-ever soccer state title
WHS defeats Aberdeen Central 3-0 in snow storm

By Asia Amos and Emma Scott

Warrior boys soccer team members earned the school’s first state championship of the school year and first-ever soccer championship as they braved snow and cold and defeated the Aberdeen Central Golden Eagles 3-0 Oct. 13 at Sioux Park in Rapid City. 

In the first half The Golden Eagles kept up with the Warriors keeping the score 0-0 until the 28 minute mark when senior Abdisa Baneta scored the first goal for the Warrior squad. 

In the second half the Warriors pushed to secure the win by scoring two more goals by junior Darius Cooper and senior Kirubel Yerga.

Coach Dave Dancler and the whole coaching staff is very proud of the team.

“They stayed on task, worked hard, sacrificed and came away as champions,” Dancler said. “Playing in the tough weather conditions will be something we will remember forever. I always believed that the WHS Soccer Program could win the title, it was just timing. We broke through this season.”

After the game the WHS Soccer team received their first place medals and were given the 2018 AA Boys Soccer Champion trophy. Awards were also given to Yerga as the top offensive player and junior Jeremie Benson as the best defensive player of the AA Tournament. 

Yerga said it was great.

“We gave it our all and everyone played that game like it was their last,” he said. 


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