Gray Stone’s Sumner wins All-State, tops All-SNAP squad

Published 6:22 pm Monday, June 17, 2019

The 2019 high school women’s soccer season was another strong one for one Stanly team while another rose to prominence in dramatic fashion.

This year’s All Stanly News & Press 2019 women’s soccer team reflects both as the season saw a number of top performers emerge.

Three teams finished with records over the .500 mark with Gray Stone winning the Yadkin Valley Conference title going 17-7 overall and a perfect 16-0 in conferencer matches.

South finished 13-5 overall and 12-4 in YVC play, both program highs for the school.

North also finished a game over .500 going 10-9 this season.

2019 All-Stanly News & Press Team

Player of the Year – Anna Grace Sumner, Gray Stone: The sophomore midfielder was named to the 1A All-State team by the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association. She was named All-Region 6 as well. The Yadkin Valley Conference Player of the Year, Sumner had 27 goals and 20 assists for a county-high 66 points.

Karena Yang, Albemarle: A captain and All-YVC selection, Yang played center midfield but also pushed up as a forward and played defense as well despite playing through a knee injury.

Peyton Disser, Gray Stone: The Knights’ sophomore and All-District selection led the Knights with 27 goals and was second in points with 60.

Katie Leckonby, Gray Stone: The senior goalie for the Knights posted a 1.34 goals against average allowing 24 goals in 1,250 minutes between the pipes.

Natalie Garner, Gray Stone: Garner was named All-Region as a senior defenseman for the Knights.

Lexi Goode, North Stanly: As a freshman, Goode scored 20 goals this season and was named All-Region.

Brinn Kimrey, North Stanly: Kimrey led the county with 30 goals in her All-Region junior season with the Comets.

Keeli Crisco, South Stanly: An All-Region 7 selection, the freshman was second for South in Goals (20) and points (42).

Hannah Crump, South Stanly: The senior All-Region team member led South with 22 goals and 45 points.

Josie Hinson, South Stanly: The Bulls’ netminder was named All-Region while serving as team captain.

Stephanie Henriquez, South Stanly: A third All-Region selection for the Bulls, Henriquez had 17 goals this season for South and 36 points.

Madelyn Huneycutt, West Stanly: The senior forward finished with six goals and seven assists for the Colts in 2019.

Honorable Mention

Brianna Jackson, Albemarle; Morgan Trexler, Gray Stone; Alex Childress, North Stanly; Jacy Noble, South Stanly; Karen Cruz, West Stanly.

Sports Editor Charles Curcio can be reached at charles.curcio@stanly, 704-983-1361 or via Twitter (@charles_curcio).

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio has served as the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press for more than 16 years and has written numerous news and feature storeis as well. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also won an award from Boone Newspapers, and has won four North Carolina Press Association awards.

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