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SOCCER: Sheppard, two Indians earn all-state honors

Isai Acosta of Port Neches-Groves and Meg Sheppard of Nederland were named second-team all-state in 5A Region III soccer by the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches.

Acosta posted a 1.006 goals-against average and posted three shutouts while helping the Indians win the District 21-5A championship. Sheppard netted 37 goals as a senior and 149 for her career, en route to leading Nederland to back-to-back district championships and winning the district MVP honor the past two seasons.

Sheppard will play in the TASCO Senior All-Star Game on May 18 in San Marcos.

PNG sophomore midfielder Jason Lovejoy, the 21-5A boys MVP, received honorable mention for all-state. He scored 28 goals and made 20 assists on the season.

PNG placed four boys and girls on TASCO’s All-Region III first team: junior defenders Ty Bigham and Halley Smith, senior midfielder Ariel Muller and junior forward Breeana Riggs.

— I.C. Murrell

 

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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