Loebker chosen as Tribune boys soccer player of the year

Jacob Loebker proved to be a staple on defense for the Seymour Owls boys soccer team in 2023.

The junior did his job throughout the season and earned Tribune boys soccer player of the year.

Loebker was asked about his season for Seymour this fall.

“It was a great season for us,” he said. “We had a lot of fun and grew together as a team. We worked hard throughout and found some of the success that we needed.”

Loebker added to his trophy case this season, picking up numerous awards for his play.

At the team banquet, he was selected as most valuable player and defender of the year. He was also selected to the Hoosier Hills Conference first team and the ISCA District 4 team.

Loebker will get the chance to compete with the other top players in Indiana at the ISCA District Showcase on Saturday. He spoke about the honor of being named to the district team.

“It’s a great honor,” he said. “I didn’t see myself making the team, but I’m thankful that I did, and it feels great.”

Loebker’s coach, Matt Dennis, spoke about his success on the field.

“He’s steady and has been for a long time,” he said. “He commands the backline well and works well with a lot of players on the team. He’s an anchor for us, and other teams recognize that they won’t get through him. Jacob was special as a sophomore, and we realized that he would get better as he continued playing. We look forward to him being a leader for us next year.”

Loebker still has one more season for the Owls and was asked what his main goal would be in his senior season in 2024.

“We need to take everything seriously during the offseason,” he said. “Just put one foot in front of the other and work hard to improve ourselves every single day.”

Remaining members on the all-county team:

David Polbito (Sr.), Seymour: Tied for most goals on the team (6), most assists with 6

Martin Sebastian (Sr.), Seymour: Tied for most goals on the team (6)

Levi Pottschmidt (Sr.), Trinity Lutheran: Three goals in win over Austin

Andrew Lemming (Sr.), Trinity Lutheran: Two goals in win over Austin

Peyton Pollert (Sr.), Trinity Lutheran: One shutout

Lance Hubbard (Jr.), Seymour: All-HHC, 83 saves, five shutouts

Myles Chandler (Jr.), Seymour: All-HHC, tied for most goals on the team (6)

Evan Unterseher (So.), Seymour: All-HHC