OSKALOOSA — For the first time in Oskaloosa High School soccer history, a soccer player has been selected for first-team All-State.
Senior Central Defender Nicholas Walter was selected first team All-State. He was also selected as first-team All-Little Hawkeye Conference.
Walter was selected second-team All State as a junior. he was a three-year captain for the Oskaloosa boys soccer team. Plus a two=time Academic All-State selection and a three-time Academic All Little Hawkeye Conference selection.
Walter collected another first for the program — he was selected to play in the Iowa High School Soccer Coaches Association East-West All Star Cup. The Cup is in cooperation with the Des Moines Menace and allows an opportunity for recently graduated seniors to play alongside some of the top seniors in the state of Iowa. The game was played immediately prior to Menace home game at Drake Stadium and players were recognition during halftime of the Menace game. The West team won the game 2-1.
"It was exciting to see Nicholas play with and against some of the best senior soccer players in the state. His hard work and off season conditioning has paid off. I was proud not just as his coach today but as his dad. It was an awesome experience for both my wife (Melinda Walter) and I to watch our son play in the All-Star Game. We have seen him grow as a player since first playing Recreational Soccer with the Mahaska County Soccer Club to now finishing up his high school soccer career playing in the East-West All Star Cup, " said Oskaloosa coach Greg Walter.
This fall the younger Walter will be attending Illinois College in Jacksonville, Ill. He will be studying Biology and playing college soccer at Illinois College.