The Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association recently named Mariemont High School student athlete Connor Jacob as one of the top players in Division II for the state of Ohio, selecting him to the first team All-State Division II in soccer. Only a handful of student athletes receive this honor - the top 1% of players in the state of Ohio for this season. The Mariemont City School District has had a few student athletes receive this recognition, including Jonathan White in 2014, Mitch White in 2008 and Steven Weber in the early 2000s.
It is a long process of vetting and selecting candidates and selecting until the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association narrows it down to a small number of the total players in Ohio.
"Connor is very well regarded locally for his accomplishments on the field but also his character," said Erik Vanags. "I am so proud of him and happy to see him get this recognition."
Mariemont High School teacher and varsity soccer coach Erik Vanags also received recognition, named Coach of the Year by the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association. This is his first time receiving this honor.
"Coach Vanags deserves this honor because he commits so much to our team, both on and off the field," said Connor Jacob. "Under his leadership these past few years, I've grown as an athlete and as a person. Playing soccer at Mariemont will always be one of the highlights of my high school career."