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McKay, Burcham share top soccer honors

Cody McKay and Kevin Burcham share Player of the Year honors for the Kingman High School boys' soccer team this season.

McKay, a senior forward, was an offensive standout.

"He tied the school record for goals in a season (16)," Kingman coach Luke LaBaw said.

"He was a leader.

He was our go-to guy offensively.

When we needed a goal we talked to him and he produced for us."

Burcham, a senior sweeper, was McKay's counterpart on the defensive end of the field.

"He was a captain.

He was a leader on the team," LaBaw said.

"I don't know how many goals he saved.

He was an unbelievable defender.

"He was a coach on the field.

It was really nice having him there."

The Most Improved Player award went to Chris Savatgy, a junior defensive wing.

It was Savatgy's first season of playing soccer at the high school level.

"He's kind of a small kid, but he was just relentless back there," LaBaw said.

"He really improved game to game.

I have no doubt he'll be all-region next year.

I expect really good things from him."

Most Inspirational Player was Matt Perry, a junior stopper who was injured early in the season.

"Our first home tournament he tore his ACL and was out the rest of the season," LaBaw said.

"He came out to every practice and every game and kept the kids going.

He still came out and played at the end of the year even though he was a lot slower than he was.

He was really inspirational for the kids."

LaBaw said it was nearly a draw as to whether Perry or Nick Whitecar, a junior right wing, was named Most Inspirational.

"He broke his collar bone early on," LaBaw said.

"It's really nearly the same as Matt.

He came out to every game, every practice.

He came back the last game of the season.

It was pretty inspirational to see him come back.

He came to every practice even though he knew he couldn't play in those games."

Five players on the team received all-Northwest Region honors.

McKay and Burcham made the all-region first team.

Tim Keller, a forward and a senior captain and Carson Holmquist, a captain and a junior mid-fielder, received honorable mention.

Mark Hillemeyer, a sophomore goal keeper, was named to the all-academic team.

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