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Colin Wieand Named All-State Defender

Colin Wieand wins a header against Manheim Central on Monday, Oct. 2. Photo by Sean J. Hagins — Special to the Advocate

Elizabethtown boys soccer captain and 1st team Lancaster-Lebanon League All-Star Colin Wieand was selected to the All-State team in an announcement from the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association.

Wieand was one of five Lancaster-Lebanon League athletes to be included on the list. Wieand anchored the Bears defense, which allowed the fewest goals in the Lancaster-Lebanon League (11).

In addition to his center back role, Wieand was often on the end of Elizabethtown’s corner kicks throughout the season and showed an ability to finish as he added four goals and two assists.

In Wieand’s past four seasons, Elizabethtown compiled a 72-12-6 record, including four Lancaster-Lebanon League Section Two championships, three Lancaster-Lebanon League championships and a PIAA AAAA state runner-up finish.

Wieand was also nominated for the All-Region team, which will be announced in December.

David Shank was the most recent Bear to be named to the All-State team, which was in 2016. Wieand joins Andy Mekulsia as the only Elizabethtown defender to be selected to the All-State team since 1972. Mekulsia was an All-State defender in 1993.

There has been at least one Elizabethtown player on the All-State team in four of the past five decades. Striker Eric Whitmore was the first Elizabethtown boys soccer player to be named All-State, which was in 1978. In total, there have been eight Elizabethtown players to be selected to the All-State team.

The All-State Honors and Awards Banquet is scheduled for Jan. 27, 2018, at the Radisson Hotel in Harrisburg.

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