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  • Adapting well: Fort Osage's Forbis is Examiner Soccer Player of the Year

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    • The Examiner 2013 All-Area Boys Soccer Team

      FIRST TEAM • F – Cody Hoffman, sr., Lee’s Summit North — 40 goals, 12 assists (school record for single-season scoring); Suburban Big Six...

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      The Examiner 2013 All-Area Boys Soccer Team

      FIRST TEAM • F – Cody Hoffman, sr., Lee’s Summit North — 40 goals, 12 assists (school record for single-season scoring); Suburban Big Six Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year; Class 3 All-Western Region; Class 3 all-state first team. • F – Hunter Pickering, sr., Lee’s Summit North — 10 goals, 12 assists; All-Suburban Big Six first team; Class 3 All-Western Region third team. • F – Michael Pellham, sr., Grain Valley — 22 goals (tied his own school record), 15 assists, school record for career goals (64); All-MRVC West first team; Class 2 All-Western Region; Class 2 all-state second team. • F – Pier Cassiraghi, sr., Fort Osage — 27 goals, 18 assists; Suburban Big Six Offensive Player of the Year; Class 3 All-Western Region third team. • MF – Richmond Forbis, sr., Fort Osage — 36 goals, 12 assists, school-record for career goals (110); Suburban Big Six Player of the Year; Class 3 All-Western Region first team; Class 3 all-state first team. • MF – Jake Desselle, sr., Grain Valley — 16 goals, 12 assists; All-MRVC West first team; Class 2 All-Western Region; Class 2 all-state honorable mention. • MF – Teddy Gifford, jr., Lee’s Summit North — 6 goals, 4 assists; All-Suburban Big Six first team; Class 3 All-Western Region third team. • MF – Connor Wheeler, jr., Blue Springs — 6 goals, 8 assists; All-Suburban Big Six second team; all-district first team. • MF – Kyle Findley, jr., Blue Springs South — 7 goals, 5 assists; All-Suburban Big Six first team; Class 3 All-Western Region third team. • D – Ryan Poertner, sr., Blue Springs South — team-high 9 assists, team 1.30 goals-against average; All-MRVC West first team; All-Suburban Big Six first team; Class 3 All-Western Region second team. • D – Trey DeRousee, jr., Lee’s Summit North — team 0.78 goals-against average; All-MRVC West first team; All-Suburban Big Six first team; Class 3 All-Western Region third team. • D – Andrew Schmitt, soph., Grain Valley — 1 goal (game-winner vs. Harrisonville), team 0.95 goals-against average; All-MRVC West first team; Class 2 All-Western Region. • GK – Parker Johnson, jr., Lee’s Summit North — 0.78 goals-against average (18 goals in 23 games), 12 shutouts; Suburban Big Six Goalkeeper of the Year; Class 3 All-Western Region; Class 3 all-state second team.

      SECOND TEAM F – Jacob Gowan, jr., Blue Springs South MF – Jacob Weingartner, sr., Grain Valley MF – Christian Villa, soph., Truman MF – Bryce Childers, jr., Blue Springs South MF – Blake Desselle, soph., Grain Valley D – David Finch, jr., Blue Springs D – Rayn Tupinio, sr., Fort Osage D – Matthew Rosebrough, sr., Truman D – Coby Roark, jr., Blue Springs South D – Jimmy Bertken, jr., Lee’s Summit North GK – Matt Summey, sr., Fort Osage

      HONORABLE MENTION Blue Springs: James Rusk, sr., D; Brandon Shipman, sr., MF; Blue Springs South: Brett Hill, jr., D; Matthew Rockwell, jr., MF; Nick Shafer, sr., GK; Fort Osage: C.J. Chavez, sr., MF; Hayden Baumgartner, soph., F; Grain Valley: David Mullen, soph., GK; Riley Presnell, jr., D; Oak Grove: Brad Ray, sr.; Micah Sperry, sr.; Giovanny Vallejos, sr.; Truman: Amilcar Hernandez, sr., F; Landon Rogers, sr., D; Alex Villa, sr., GK; Van Horn: Avi Lopez, sr., MF; William Chrisman: Joe Beem, sr., MF; Josue Najera, jr., MF; Jerry Snow, sr., D.

  • Fort Osage soccer coach Andrew Fletcher recalled reading a newspaper article in the summer of 2011 about Richmond Forbis having been adopted by a couple in Buckner, and longtime close friend Clement Van Worth had also come to live with them.
    The boys from Ghana, Africa, hoped to play soccer when they enrolled at Fort Osage High School. An accompanying picture showed the boys booting a ball around the yard.
    “I tracked him down after that and got him and Clement out here to practice a little, meet everybody (on the team),” Fletcher said. “After that I was pretty sure we had something.”
    The something Forbis possessed produced 112 goals in three seasons, a Fort Osage school record. The senior midfielder was named Suburban Middle Seven Player of the Year and Class 3 first-team all-state, the latter honor a first in the boys soccer program's history, and he is The Examiner’s Boys Soccer Player of the Year for a second time.
    Forbis joined Fort Osage as a sophomore in 2011 and notched 40 goals and was named Examiner Player of the Year as the Indians went 21-4. He had 36 goals in 2012, and 36 again this season, breaking Wayne Francis’ previous school standard of 95 goals midway through this season. He also recorded 12 assists.
    This season Fort Osage finished 15-7, won the Middle Seven title and fell to Liberty in the district finals for a second-straight year.
    “Richmond’s first touch is world class,” Fletcher said. “He has the ability to beat people on the dribble – good defenders will end up watching him. The way he moves with the ball is incredible. At the high school level, he’s so fast.
    “He got stronger while he was here. He got bigger and got more physical.”
    Forbis said the added physique came in handy this season, as much as teams tried to bump him around. Having Pier Cassiraghi return after not being with the team in 2012 also helped on the field.
    “Teams were tough this year,” Forbis said. “My best friend Pier, I’m glad he was on the team.
    “I’m going to miss spending time with my teammates and coaches. I had a good season with them.”
    Fletcher said having talents like Forbis, Cassiraghi, Hayden Baumgartner and C.J. Chavez mesh together allowed Fort Osage’s offense to be free-wheeling. In practices he sometimes would have that quartet go against the whole defense.
    “They really figured it out for themselves; they were a mature group,” Fletcher said. “There really was no strategy.”
    Besides the obvious talent and offensive production, Fletcher said he’ll miss having Forbis’ smile around.
    “He was infectious with everybody else,” the coach said. “Obviously he’s the best player we had, but there was no resentment from the other kids. It wasn’t, ‘Oh, Richmond won another award’ – they were happy for him because they like him.
    Page 2 of 2 - “We were playing at Raytown South, and he got whacked, and their coach said, ‘Oh my gosh, don’t whack him.’ Other coaches want to see him succeed.”
    Forbis plans to attend MCC-Blue River and join Van Worth in playing for the Blazers.
    “He got a lot of offers but wanted to play with his brother,” Fletcher said. “It’s hard to turn that down.”
    “I haven't thought about that yet,” Forbis said when asked if he will consider soccer beyond Blue River. “(I will) when the time comes, but I like playing with Clement.”
    He also appreciates how soccer helped him become acclimated to Fort Osage and America and has helped pave an avenue for his future.
    “Back home in Africa, it wasn’t easy to follow your dreams,” he said. “Being able to come here, I have a wonderful family that gives me everything I need. I’m blessed to be here and at this school.”
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