The year 2019 is one that followers of Council Bluffs boys soccer will remember the Titans.
Lewis Central broke through not only for its first state-tournament victory, but its first boys state championship. L.C. beat No. 3 Storm Lake, No. 8 Hudson and No. 1 Cedar Rapids Xavier in succession to claim the Class 2-A crown in Des Moines.
Not surprisingly, Lewis Central (20-3) leads The Daily Nonpareil’s annual All-City selections with five honorees. Missouri River Conference champion Abraham Lincoln (13-6) adds four to the City XI, while Thomas Jefferson (6-13) has two members.
The makeup of the squad signals good things for next spring, as seven of the 11 are juniors (although Swedish exchange student Hampus Jacobsson of Abraham Lincoln will not return), along with three seniors and one sophomore.
A pair of three-time All-City choices lead the way for Lewis Central: senior keeper Cole Jensen and junior midfielder/forward Paul Devine. They are joined by junior forward Luis Espino and junior defenders Cole Drummond and Connor Williams.
Abraham Lincoln is led by senior forward Hunter Hendrix, who joins Jensen as a three-time honoree. He’s joined from the Lynx by Jacobsson, senior midfielder Trenton Hewitt and sophomore defender Alex Stogdill.
Thomas Jefferson’s selections are junior forward Max Muidinzod and junior midfielder Alex Chavez.
The City XI was chosen using input from the city’s head coaches: Jamison Parkhill of A.L., James Devine of L.C., Tom Lorkovic of St. Albert and Justin Menichetti of T.J.