Senior Johnny Linsenmeyer continues to add to his long list of achievements by winning his second Howard County Times’ “Boys Soccer Player of the Year” in a row.
Linsenmeyer was not the only player on the boys’ varsity team to receive recognition for his outstanding play. Senior goalie Torey Jones along with senior Michael Yacynych were selected for the Howard County Times first team. Other players from the boys’ team received awards for their play, including junior Trevor Namie and seniors Jacob Parrot and Alex Simak, who were all chosen for the Howard County Times second team.
The Mt. Hebron varsity soccer program has had tremendous success throughout the past few years, including making it to the State Championship this past season. Although the team lost the match, it was still a great achievement for the organization to make it that far. The boys’ soccer team has not won a state title since the 2006 season, so this win would have been great for the school and for head coach Mike Linsenmeyer.
“We were just going in, trying to win a State Championship. That was our mindset. We fell one game short of reaching our goal, but that was our mindset,” said Linsenmeyer.
Linsenmeyer was not hung up over his own accolades but was instead more focused on his team’s ability and how they wanted to be successful.
“It’s exciting,” Linsenmeyer added. “It’s nice to be recognized for individual play, but winning stuff as a team is definitely more important to me.”
Linsenmeyer was able to reflect on the season and look back on his high school career.
“Obviously I can thank my teammates because it definitely wasn’t won just by me. They were huge contributors in this award, and I’m very grateful to have them. My dad helped me become the player and person I am, and he was a huge help during my whole growth as a soccer player.”
Even though this may be the end to Linsenmeyer’s memorable career as he looks to focus on academics in college, there was a team legacy that was built while he was on the Mt. Hebron soccer team. He has also left an impression on future stars, such as Namie.
Linsenmeyer has surely left lasting marks on the Mt. Hebron soccer program, and he will leave big shoes to fill for the underclassmen coming in next year.