Local prep athlete Sarah Tarver has been named to the NSCAA Girls High School All-America Team for her role as a junior on the Crimson Bears girls' soccer team that reached the state playoffs in 2010.
Tarver, now a senior, scored 22 goals and assisted on nine more scores for Juneau-Douglas last season. She is also the only player from Alaska named to the 2010 team.
"It was unexpected. I totally did not think I would get that," Tarver said. "I'm very excited. It's definitely a plus for me."
But as usual, Tarver deflects any praise toward her teammates, saying she wouldn't have the honor without them.
"I'm very proud. I want to thank my coaches and my team," she said. "My team is what really helped me, and they (teammates) are what I build off of."
The award was based off of her performance as a sophomore and junior for Juneau-Douglas, and coach Matt Dusenberry said she's always been an integral part of her side.
"She's quite an athlete," he said. "She certainly has been a major part of our team. When I took over as coach she was a sophomore, and even at a young age she was definitely one of the important pieces to our team."
Dusenberry said he's never been one to single out an individual with awards because of the importance of the team concept, but he also said Tarver has always had a team-first mentality. Still, there is much anticipation for her senior season after an outstanding 2010 campaign.
"We're looking forward to seeing what the season is going to be like for her, especially given the improvement from her sophomore year to her junior year," he said. "One would think we're going to see even more impressive things out of her this year, not to put pressure on her at all."
"We have a lot of good freshmen coming up and we hope to get back to state," Tarver said. "I'm really excited to see how we come out."
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