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Bemidji High School soccer: Curb named all-state

Rylee Curb, Bemidji High School striker, was named to the Class A first-team All-State squad this fall after scoring a school record 28 goals and amassing 74 career points. He is the third Lumberjack in the past four years to gain All-State recognition. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Bemidji's Rylee Curb capped his fine four-year career Monday by being named to the Class A All-State high school boys soccer team.

Curb led the Jacks to a 12-5-2 finish this fall and to the semifinals of the Section 8A tournament where they fell to champion St. Cloud Cathedral 3-0.

He ended this season with a school-record 28 goals, shattering the former mark of 18 posted by Eric Scotland in 1996.

His 54 career goals also eclipsed Scotland's 34 in1996-97.

Curb's 74 career points also was a new school record, well over the 56 registered by Travis Long-Voelkner from 2005-07.

After playing a reserve as a freshman, Curb became a full-time performer in 2007, netting 16 goals that season, a mark that ties him for eighth place with Brian French (1999).

He and Long-Voelkner formed a deadly front line that year when the Jacks reached the Section 8AA final before bowing to St. Cloud Apollo.

With 125 schools playing Class A boys soccer, Curb was one of 22 out of 2,000 players picked to the top two teams.

Only 64 teams play 2A soccer.

Curb becomes the third Bemidji player in the past four years to earn all-state recognition. He joins Corey Blotske (2006) who made the 2A second team and Long-Voelkner (2007), a first-team 2A pick.

Curb ended his career with 74 points on 54 goals and 20 assists. They came basically in his final three seasons after playing in only one game as a freshman, scoring once.

Rick Toward, completing his 15th season at the helm, rated Curb as one of the finest players he has coached.

"He had a the rare combination of being highly coachable, highly skilled and playing with a fierce competitive desire," Toward said.

The last trait is probably inherited from the large Curb family that dominated Northome High School sports a generation ago.

Curb is also a three-year hockey regular and one of the Jacks' top golfers each spring.

He will conclude his high school soccer career Nov. 11, playing in the Senior Classic at the Metrodome, the sport's annual All-Star game. The Class A contest will begin at 8 p.m.

He is joined on the Class A team by striker Mike Coborn of section champion St. Cloud Cathedral and midfielder Willis Kantonen and defenseman Andrew Motley of Hermantown's Section 7A champs.

No northern players were named to the 2A all-state unit.