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Jacks' Smith named all-state in soccer

Bemidji defender Tony Smith was named to the Class A All-State boys soccer team during a ceremony on Sunday. Smith is the fourth Lumberjack to make the All-State team during the past five years. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Bemidji defender Tony Smith was honored at a ceremony in the Twin Cities Monday by being named to the All-State Class A boys soccer honorable mention team.

Smith was nominated by his coach Rick Toward who submitted his name to the Lakes to Prairie Conference coaches. The coaches submitted his name and qualifications to the Section 8A representatives who, after weighing everyone's qualifications, selected Smith and three other players to the All-State team.

Smith is the fourth Lumberjack during the past five years to earn All-State laurels. Last year Rylee Curb was named to the All-State first team and in 2007 Travis Long-Voelkner also was a first-team pick. In 2006 Corey Blotske received the honorable mention award.

"Having four players within the past five years earn All-State, and having Tony accomplish it this year, legitimizes our program and our conference," Toward said. "It is great that kids from northern Minnesota and from Bemidji can have this recognition. There are 2,400 boys in Minnesota who play Class A soccer and by making All-State Tony has been recognized as one of the top 48 in the state."

Smith, a senior, also has been invited to play in the All-State Senior Classic game 8 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Metrodome. The game will match the top seniors in Class A against their counterparts in Class AA.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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