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Harmon BRC soccer Player of the Year

Hudson senior Rocky Harmon (11) has been named the 2012 Big Rivers Conference Soccer Player of the Year after setting a new Raider record with 20 assists this season. Harmon also scored 12 goals to help Hudson to a 10-2-0 record and second place finish in the BRC. Bob Burrows photo

Senior Rocky Harmon has been named the 2012 Big Rivers Conference Boys' Soccer Player of the Year, leading a contingent of six Raiders named to All-BRC teams.

In addition to Harmon, juniors Ben Klundt and Alex Schnobrich also earned spots on the all-conference first team and seniors Henry Brose and Alek Spasic were named to the second team while senior Seth Blum received honorable mention.

The Raiders finished second in the BRC with a record of 10-2-0 with both losses coming to conference champion Eau Claire Memorial. Hudson went 19-5-3 overall and reached the WIAA sectional championship game before losing to the Old Abes in a sudden death shootout.

"Overall, it was a very good year, with a sudden ending, that in time I think the kids will have many good memories from," head coach Steve Sollom said.

Harmon was named the BRC Player of the Year by the conference coaches after scoring 12 goals and dishing out a team-high 20 assists, a new single-season Raider record.

"He's had a terrific high school career," Sollom said about the four-year varsity player. "He's a playmaker and has a great ability to set up his teammates. More often than not, he will beat an opponent, or two, and then when the defense is unbalanced and reacting to him, he will find the open player for a goal-scoring chance. He is unselfish, a consummate team player, and was a great captain leading us the past two seasons. I can't think of a more deserving person for conference player of the year."

Schnobrich was also a unanimous first team pick after leading the Raiders in scoring with 26 goals and 15 assists.

"He had a monster year," Sollom said. "He and Rocky formed a potent one-two combination. He's a very quick player with fantastic skills."

Despite being a junior, Klundt was named a team captain in midseason due to his leadership on the field, according to Sollom.

"He was the glue that held our team together from defense to forward," the coach said. "He has a high work rate and wins the ball back all over the field. He was a very underrated player on our team as he did a lot of the covering for the attacking players."

Sollom said he thought Brose's selection to the second team was disappointing considering his 19 goal season, many coming on breakaways. "He is a fast, aggressive forward," the coach pointed out.

Sollom said Spasic was the Raiders' most versatile player who was also very underrated.

"He played just about every position on the field at some point in the season," he said. "He is technically a very sound player and he is very strong on the ball and has really good possession skills. He willingly played anywhere he was asked to and put the team's success first. He was very deserving of all-conference honors."

Blum, a two-year captain, was the anchor the a Raider defense that helped the team post 12 shutouts this season.

"He's fast and can close out attacking players before they can get a shot off," Sollom said. "He's got a strong left leg and took the longer free kicks for our team. He's also an excellent leader on the field and organized our back line."

The Raiders, who averaged scoring 3.5 goals per game while allowing less than one (0.88) will graduate eight seniors this year--Harmon, Brose, Spasic, Blum, Micah Pederson, Brendan Kirk, Ian Schrack and Steph Smith.

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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