Schlichtman, Franco garner All-State honors
The All-State soccer selections were released Monday and Cassville's own Ryan Schlichtman and Uziel Franco made the list.
Schlichtman, a senior, was one of Cassville's two main forwards this season. The two-year All-State player was known for his well rounded play and spirited attitude. Schlichtman, when he graduates in May, will leave Cassville with the school career goals record of 77, surpassing the record of 72 goals set by his older brother Nick during the 2005 season. Ryan finished the 2007 season with 68 points (29 goals and 10 assists), including a team-high 12 game-winning goals. He was also the team's assists leader.
Schlichtman was chosen for the All-State second team for the second year in a row. He had already received first team All-Region and All-District honors this season. Schlichtman was also selected as the Co-Rotary MVP of this year's team, an honor he shares with senior goalkeeper Anthony Larson.
Franco, a junior, was Schlichtman's complement. Together the two combined as one of the top scoring duos in the state.
Franco quickly became a target for defenses to concentrate on this year. Known for his excellent dribbling skills, Franco often eluded as many as three defenders while on the playing field. Uziel, also known as "Uzi" by fans and teammates, was Cassville's most prolific scorer. He finished the season with 82 points (39 goals, four assists).
Franco was an All-District honorable mention selection last year as a sophomore and enhanced his stature enough to garner second team All-State honors this season. He also was named the region's offensive player of the year.
The All-State team also included several other southwest Missouri players from District 5, the district that the Wildcats won to advance to state.
West Plains placed three on the All-State squads. Stuart Ziegler and Justin Scicluna garnered first team honors. Brice Hunt was named to the second team.
Tanner Roberts from Bolivar was awarded with first team honors and his teammate Ryan Toombs garnered a second team selection.
Webb City's TJ Martin was the only other player from the district to receive recognition. Martin, the district's leading goal scorer, was recognized with first team honors.