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Area booters earn 2nd team All-Ohio recognition

Three Washington County soccer players earned second team All-Ohio honors after putting together phenomenal seasons on the pitch this fall.

From Marietta, David Sarver received the recognition on the boys side while Katie Mannix did so on the girls side, as did Warren’s Alexis Frazee.

Sarver became the 20th MHS boy to earn All-Ohio honors. Sarver captained the Tigers to a final record of 16-1-2, which included an unbeaten regular season, and a sectional championship, before they were upset 2-1 in overtime by Unioto in the district semifinals. On the field in 2021, Sarver scored nine goals while contributing 16 assists.

Moving to the area in the summer before his sophomore year, Sarver had an immediate and profound impact on the Tigers’ program on and off of the field. In his three seasons with the Tigers, Marietta compiled a 45-6-6 record, which featured two unbeaten regular seasons, three East Central Ohio League titles, two sectional titles and a district championship in 2019. In his 57 games on the pitch, Sarver scored 22 goals and had 27 assists.

“Just a fantastic season on the pitch for David, in a season that was difficult for him on a personal level.” said MHS boys soccer coach Todd Morris. “This well earned honor wraps up a really great high school run for him. We were fortunate as a program to not only receive a great player, but an incredible young man off away from the game.”

Mannix, a junior, helped the Marietta girls finish 13-5-2, falling to Fairfield Union in the district championship match 1-0. She was all over the place for the Tigers this fall.

“She definitely played a big part in the team’s success,” said Marietta girls coach Bill Mannix. “We had a whole different mindset as a team this season. Nineteen girls scored goals, which is unheard of. We spread the ball around. Katie played 65% of the time at center back. Her aerial play and physical approach to the middle and defending is how she ended up getting second team. No matter where she was at, she had an impact.”

Mannix recorded 12 goals and five assists for the Tigers this season.

“I think she worked exceptionally hard,” coach Mannix said. “She deserved to be honored. She was all over the field and really dominates the area she’s playing. After meeting with the district coaches, they all agreed she had a really good season.

“I think she’d be the first to give credit to her teammates as well. Everyone did their job. I really think it was a team effort.

The Warren girls finished 12-8-1 and won a sectional title before falling to the Falcons in the district semi.

Frazee, a junior, has been a key player for the Warriors for three years now.

“Alex is extremely deserving of this recognition,” said Warren girls coach Andy Pinkerton. “She’s been one of our most consistent players since her freshman year.”

Frazee is a defender, but was more involved offensively this season and scored five goals.

“She really reads the game very well,” Pinkerton said. “She kind of finds the correct positioning before the ball is even played, and intercepts a lot of passes. She’s very confident with the ball at her feet, and can get the ball out of danger pretty quickly.”

Pinkerton sees Frazee taking on an even larger role as a senior.

“Next year’s team should be very successful,” Pinkerton said. “We’re hoping to convince Alex to take more of a midfielder role. She’s already improved so much over the last several years.”

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