MEDINA — Taylor Burke has now earned national recognition in two sports.
Medina High’s reigning state and national champion in the high jump was recently named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America High School All-America team.
The senior was one of three goalies honored on the 75-player team, joining sophomore Bryane Heaberlin of Berkeley Preparatory School in St. Petersburg, Fla., and senior Tatiana Saunders of Rye (N.Y.) High.
“It’s a really big honor,” the 17-year-old Burke said Thursday evening. “I’ve never really had an honor like that for soccer. It really feels good to know the four years I worked so hard in high school soccer really paid off for me.”
Burke, who will continue her soccer and track careers at the University of Florida, is a two-time Gazette MVP in track heading into her senior season, when she will attempt to win her third straight Division I state high jump title.
After helping the Bees to a D-I state title in soccer as a junior, Burke earned Gazette MVP honors in that sport as a senior. She is currently playing basketball for Medina.
The 6-foot goalie was Ohio’s Division I Player of the Year this past soccer season. She tied a state record by recording 15 straight shutouts over her junior and senior seasons, going 1,243 minutes without allowing a goal.
“I have to give a lot of the credit for most of the shutouts to my defense,” she said. “I’m the last person. It had to get through everyone on my team before it got to me. The keeper is the person who gets credited with the shutouts, but it’s really the whole team.”
Six other players from Ohio made the NSCAA All-America team. Woodridge’s Brittany Charles and Bexley’s Charlotte Myers were honored in the midfield, while Ursula Academy’s Ellyn Gruber, Madeira’s Katie Landgrebe, Franklin Bishop Fenwick’s Sydney Neal and Upper Arlington’s Michela Paradiso were tabbed at forward.
Neal and Paradiso, both juniors, were among 19 underclassmen named to the team. Two sophomores, Heaberlin and Margaret Purce of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Silver Spring, Md., were selected.
The All-America team will be honored at a Jan. 15 luncheon at the Hilton Baltimore Hotel, which is hosting the 2011 NSCAA convention.
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