NHS Varsity Soccer Preview: High Expectations For The Upcoming Season

Noblesville's Palmer Ault was one of the leading scorers as a freshman last year for the Millers boys soccer team. Ault is back with Noblesville this season as part of a solid sophomore class. (Kent Graham/File photo)

Noblesville's Palmer Ault was one of the leading scorers as a freshman last year for the Millers boys soccer team. Ault is back with Noblesville this season as part of a solid sophomore class. (Kent Graham/File photo)

Boys Soccer: Millers Have High Expectations

POSTED BY: RICHIE HALL AUGUST 14, 2019 in the Hamilton County Reporter

After a strong finish to its 2018 season, the Noblesville boys soccer team is ready to pick up where it left off.
The Millers caught fire during the latter part of last season, at one point winning seven straight games. Noblesville then battled eventual sectional champion Hamilton Southeastern in the first round of the sectional, pushing the Royals to penalty kicks before dropping the game, and finishing the season 11-6-1. As a result, Millers coach Ken Dollaske said his team has “very high expectations” for this year.
“Our squad is very excited for the upcoming season,” said the coach.

Noblesville has nine players returning from last season, plus another one rejoining the team: Senior Harrison Christman is back after playing two years at the development academy with the Indiana Fire Junior team. Dollaske said Christman “should provide even more fire power up top.”
“We have a core group of returning players along with some fresh, young talent to fill the void left by some graduates,” said Dollaske.

The list of players to watch includes three seniors: Midfielders Gabe Imes and Jack Miller, and goalkeeper Adam Carter. Imes was an All State Honorable Mention last year and was named to the District 2 First Team. Carter made the Second Team, and Miller was a Top Team Player.
Also back are two sophomores, Palmer Ault and Spencer Holland, who were the Millers’ leading goal scorers last season. Palmer was named to the District 2 Second Team.
Noblesville opens its season Tuesday by hosting Greenfield-Central, then will play at Carmel next Thursday (Aug. 22). “Our schedule is one of the toughest in the state and we are looking forward to the challenge,” said Dollaske.

VARSITY ROSTER
Seniors: Adam Carter, Collin Cates, Harrison Christman, Marcus Crossman, Bryan Diaz, Brendon Fisher, Gabe Imes, Jack Miller.
Juniors: Drew Barnes, Sam Greenaway, Nick Johnson, Garrett Poynter, Colin Todd.
Sophomores: Palmer Ault, Cole Bramblett, Drew Cochran, Brayden Doll, Kyle Goad, Spencer Holland, Gabe Ingle, Andy Stansfield.
Freshman: Owen Mejia.

NHS Has Successful Weekend at Pre-Season Showcase

The Millers capped off a great weekend at their pre-season showcase hosted by Mt. Vernon High School with an overall program record of 7-1-1. The Millers sent 2 upperclassmen split squads, both of which left the showcase undefeated. NHS #1 went 2-0-1 with victories over Mt. Vernon and Sycamore and a thrilling draw with Greenfield Central, where the Millers scored 2 goals in the final 5 minutes to draw level at 3. NHS #2 went 3-0-0 with victories over Terre Haute North Vigo, Oldenburg Academy, and a split squad from North Central, looking dominant in all 3 games. Finally, the NHS JV team, consisting of only incoming freshmen, went 2-1-0. It should be noted that this young team was battling against other area JV programs that included sophomores, juniors and seniors. NHS JV had victories against JV programs from Mt. Vernon and Greenfield Central. The program’s lone defeat came against a strong, physical JV team from Terre Haute North Vigo, even though the NHS JV team had significantly more scoring opportunities than their opponent. Results and statistics from the showcase can be found below.

The success at this showcase has everyone involved with the program excited for the upcoming season. Tryouts are August 5th and 6th with the first matches of the season starting the week of August 19th.

NHS Boys Soccer Welcomes a New Sponsor!

Rio Grande - Fresh Mexican Grill is located at 20805 Hague Road, Noblesville, IN 46062

Rio Grande - Fresh Mexican Grill is located at 20805 Hague Road, Noblesville, IN 46062

The NHS boys soccer program is happy to announce Rio Grande - Fresh Mexican Grill as a new sponsor. The owners of Rio Grande are thrilled to enter this partnership. Their sponsorship will help fund activities for the over 100 high school athletes committed to improving their soccer skills during summer trainings.

If you and your family are looking for somewhere to eat tonight, stop by, have a great meal and say hello to owners Javier Jr. and Sr.

Several NHS Players Recognized at the May 21st School Board Meeting

On Tuesday evening, several members of the NHS boys soccer program were recognized by the Noblesville School Board for their accomplishments during the 2018 fall season.

  • ISCA Academic All-State: Brady Anderson, Ryan Cassidy, Marcus Crossman, Sam Dudgeon, Sam Johnson, Josh Lovett, Curtis Martin, and Jack Miller

  • HCC All-Conference: Palmer Ault (1st team), Gabe Imes (1st team), Josh Lovett (1st team), Adam Carter (2nd team) and Spencer Holland (2nd team).

  • ISCA District 2 All-District: Gabe Imes (1st team), Josh Lovett (1st team), Palmer Ault (2nd Team), and Adam Carter (2nd team)

  • ISCA All-State: Josh Lovett (3rd team) and Gabe Imes (Honorable Mention)

Josh Lovett with Coach Dollaske after being recognized at the May 21st school board meeting (Photo courtesy of Marnie Cooke)

Josh Lovett with Coach Dollaske after being recognized at the May 21st school board meeting (Photo courtesy of Marnie Cooke)

Gabe Imes WINS IndyStar Play of the Year 2019

On Sunday, May 6th, the people of Indiana were heard loud and clear. The IndyStar Play of the Year was put to a live text vote. Receiving roughly 90% of the vote, Gabe Imes won in a landslide for his spectacular free kick taken against Carmel back in August of 2018. Gabe was very humble and modest in accepting the award. He thanked everyone that voted for him as well as his teammates who helped him along the way.

Gabe Imes accepting the award for Play of the Year (photo taken by IndyStar)

Gabe Imes accepting the award for Play of the Year (photo taken by IndyStar)

Pictured left to right: Josh Lovett (Senior Defender), Gabe Imes (Junior Midfielder), Ken Dollaske (Varsity Head Coach)

Pictured left to right: Josh Lovett (Senior Defender), Gabe Imes (Junior Midfielder), Ken Dollaske (Varsity Head Coach)

Gabe Imes Nominated for Play of the Year by IndyStar

Gabe Imes hit a curler free-kick against Carmel last August. It went viral thanks to the NHS Student Section twitter account. It became the stuff of legend. And now, he has been nominated for the Play of the Year by IndyStar. This upcoming Sunday, there will be an awards banquet held at Clowes Hall on the campus of Butler University. A red carpet event starts at 6PM with the awards show to follow at 7PM. During the show, a live text message vote will determine the play of the year. Gabe faces stiff competition. A crazy football catch taken to the house. A basketball buzzer beater. But as the video below shows, there is a reason his kick has become the stuff of legend. Make sure #millernation shows out and votes as many times as possible to make Gabe’s free kick the play of the year!

Senior Miles Atkins Commits to the Blueboys of Illinois College

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Miles Atkins, Illinois College. PHOTO COURTESY KENT GRAHAM IMAGES Front Row (Left to Right): Elissa Atkins, Miles Atkins, Richard Atkins. Back Row (Left to Right): Ken Dollaske (Noblesville Boys Soccer Head Coach).

MILES ATKINS, MEN’S SOCCER

Illinois College (NCAA Division III); Jacksonville, Illinois

  • Position: Goalkeeper

  • Intended Major: Music Performance

  • Academic Achievements:

    •  3.6 GPA

    • 1340 SAT

    • Advanced Piano Outstanding Achievement Award

  • Non-Athletic Involvement:

    • Volunteer Soccer Coach

    • Founded Ping Pong Club

    • Achieved Gold at ISSMA State for Piano Solo

Why I Chose My School: Two things lead me to decide on Illinois College: First was the price after scholarship, I believe it is very important that I am able to walk away from school with only a small amount of debt. Secondly, and more importantly, I based my decision off of the campus. Illinois College has an intimate and friendly campus that I believe will help me find success.

How I Want to Get Involved: Outside of sports I look forward to joining or starting a band and playing gigs for parties and churches in the nearby area. I also look forward to traveling abroad while I am at Illinois College.

My Biggest Inspiration: My biggest inspiration is Jake Hart. He is the high school goalie coach and was my goalie coach for all four years and though he has faced many adversities through his life, he has never allowed them to hold him back from achieving, furthermore he is driven by what is right and I hope to be driven the same way he is someday.

I Would Like to Thank: I would like to thank my mother and father as they have been my two #1 fans no matter what it is I am pursuing. Whether they have enjoyed it or not, they have been my backbone for the entirety of my life.

Head Coach Ken Dollaske, Noblesville Millers Boys Soccer
“Miles will continue the tradition of Noblesville High School producing strong goalkeepers going on to play at higher levels. Miles’ shot-stopping abilities along with his excellent field vision and communication skills make him a great addition to the Illinois College soccer program. Not only is Miles a quality goalkeeper, but he is a fantastic teammate; during Miles’ four years at NHS, he was able to aid in the positive culture transformation of the program. He will be missed and the Millers wish him success at the next level.”

**Article courtesy of www.noblesvillemillers.com