Blue Jays' Shafer selected to all-state first team
Jamestown High School's Austin Shafer would probably trade in his latest accolade for one more win.
The senior midfielder and the Blue Jays fell one match shy of playing in a second straight state boys soccer tournament this fall. On Tuesday, Shafer was one of six West Region players selected to the all-state first team.
"I'd have liked to go to state my senior year, but I thought we had a pretty good season," said Shafer, who was named to the all-state second team as a junior. "We had a young team and I was really impressed with the guys.
"They have enormous potential, and I have confidence these guys will be back in the state tournament next year and hopefully many more years to follow."
Shafer helped Jamestown tally eight victories for a second consecutive season, finishing with a mark of 8-9-0. The senior captain and set-play specialist scored nine goals, including three on penalty kicks and two more via free kicks, and also recorded six assists.
Shafer put up seven goals and four assists during his junior campaign, helping eight seniors and the rest of the Blue Jays to a record of 8-7-3 and the program's first state tournament appearance in eight years.
Shafer and fellow senior captain Lukas Roseanu had been a part of JHS boys soccer since their seventh-grade seasons.
"I never could have dreamed it," Shafer said. "The program has grown and grown each year and we're actually competing with the bigger schools. I love to see where it's going and where it's going to go."
Mandan (4-12-1) upset Jamestown 2-1 in a state-qualifying match of the West Region tournament in Mandan on Oct. 7, denying Jamestown the chance to come home and play a state tournament at Rotary Field. The Jays and the Braves split a pair of regular-season contests, with Jamestown blanking Mandan 3-0 on Sept. 26.
"Normally we're the better team, just not that day," Shafer said. "We just couldn't find a way to win that game."
Shafer's college plans are still being decided, but he said he'd like to be back on the pitch next fall. Making the all-state short list should help the effort.
The remaining Blue Jay seniors this season included Jonas Flann, Logan Henke and Joe Parsons. Shafer and sophomore midfielder Chase Jenison were named all-West Region.
"It's an honor," Shafer said. "I remember when I saw my name on the second team last year. I just knew I wanted more of myself."
North Dakota boys soccer
All-state first team
Bismarck High: Tresor Mugwaneza, Sr.; Merci Ndaberewe, So.
Bismarck Century: Logan Brown, Jr.
Fargo Davies: Trey Waltz, Sr.; Mason Brekke, Sr.
Fargo Shanley: Luke Noah, Jr.
Fargo South: Sam O'Keefe, Sr.
Jamestown: Austin Shafer, Sr.
Minot: JJ Johannsen, Sr.; Avery Weishaar, Sr.
WF Sheyenne: Leo Dunor, Sr.
West Fargo: Telvin Vah, Jr.
All-state (Second Team)
Bismarck High: Dane Allen, Sr.
Bismarck Century: Fabian Lunell, Jr.; Oumar Gueye, Sr.
Bismarck Legacy: Austin Wolf, Sr.
G.F Red River: Cameron Blilie, Sr.
G.F. Central: Nicholas Dohman, Sr.
Fargo South: Tate Simpson, So.; Abraham Snetter, Sr.
Fargo Shanley: TJ Anderson, Sr.
Mandan: Ian Dahners, Jr.
Minot: Evan Bolinske, Sr.
West Fargo: Noah Schaeffer, Sr.