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Camille Richey headlines Saxony’s five all-state picks as three-time selection

Saxony Lutheran girls soccer midfielder Camille Richey became a three-time all-state selection following a junior campaign where she once again finished as the Crusaders leading scorer. Photo by Nick McNeal

After making it to the Class 1 Final Four back-to-back for the second time in school history, the Saxony Lutheran girls soccer team had multiple players named all-state.

Being selected to the first team for the second year in a row was the duo of junior forward Camille Richey and senior defender Maci Hollis. This makes Richey a three-time all-state honoree as she’s the first Crusader to accomplish this since former three-time Class 1 Player of the Year Emma Brune.

“It means a lot, but I definitely couldn’t have done it without the teammates and coaches I’ve had these past years,” Richey said. “They push me and actually know my abilities and know what I can do. It’s a good feeling.”

To become a first team all-state selection for the second-straight season, Camille once again led Saxony in scoring as she produced 33 points off a team-high 14 goals and five assists. Richey did so in an offense where six different Crusaders recorded eight goals or more.

As for Hollis, this was the second and final time she’s been named all-state as she was even selected as the Class 1 Co-Defensive Player of the Year. Maci shared the honor with fellow senior Paige Kessler of the second-place Lutheran St. Charles Cougars.

Hollis led Saxony to produce 10 shutouts throughout her final season, including a 2-0 win over Laquey to win the third-place game of the Class 1 Final Four.

Joining Richey and Hollis as first team all-state selections was senior goalkeeper Grace Ozark. Along with coming up with 10 shutouts this spring, Ozark finished with a career-high 143 saves and recorded a combined 13 in the final four.

Only two other Crusaders were named all-state as seniors defender Annie Adams and midfielder Clara Brune were both named to the second team. These were also two of the six players for Saxony to record eight or more goals this fall as Adams scored 23 points (eight goals, seven assists) to Brune’s 22 (nine goals, four assists).

“At the beginning of my season freshman year, we really struggled with offense,” Richey explained. “Then everyone really worked on shooting a lot at practice. Just seeing that pay off in games was cool to see because it meant that everyone really was putting in the work.

“It definitely is a good thing to have a lot of people named all-state because it shows how much work we all put in. I’m super proud of everyone that got up there, and we have talent all over the field.”

All five of these players were, of course, also named to the all-region team as Richey headlined the group by being named the Class 1 Region 1 Player of the Year for the second-straight time.

Hollis earned Class 1 Region 1 Defensive Player of the Year once more, while Ozark garnered Class 1 Region 1 Goalkeeper of the Year. Their head coach Chris Crawford earned the honor of region coach of the year among private schools.

As for SEMO Conference honors, only Richey, Adams and Brune were named to the annual all-conference team as Clara was an honorable mention selection. Saxony (14-7) only finished 4-3 overall in SEMO play as the Crusaders fell to conference champions Jackson (17-4, 7-0), second-place Notre Dame (15-7, 6-1) and third-place Cape Central (13-6, 5-2).

Heading into 2025, Richey is excited about her senior season as she could possibly make the state final four for the third-straight time. This is something no other Crusader has ever accomplished.

Camille will also continue to have a player like fellow junior forward Faith Dreyer by her side, who passed Richey in points with 29 of her own (12 goals, five assists).

Other key players coming back with include juniors forward Abby Haley, midfielder Maggie Hillin, defenders Aleigh Miller and Isabel Brown and lastly midfielder Adalina Deckerd. Returning sophomores include mid-fielder Sophie Debrower and goalkeeper Tegan Barnett, who came up with 16 saves behind Ozark.

Saxony also had a large freshman class made up by Willow Broshuis, Natalie Hahs, Autumn Heisserer, Jordan Heob, Lauren Hillin, Ellie Meyr and Clara Perry.

“It’s definitely a cool feeling to leave Saxony next year knowing that we’ve [made state twice] and were one of the very few teams that have won a game there,” Richey said.

Nick McNeal covers high school sports, college sports and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Cape Girardeau County for the past five years. He can be reached at cbjsports@socket. net.

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