Scott Herb has improved every year in the Granville boys soccer program.
His progress was rewarded this season by being named Division II second-team All-Ohio. That was in addition to being voted Licking County League Player of the Year, as well as first-team All-Central District.
While his soccer skills are evident, coach Shawn King said the junior brings a lot more to the table.
“He’s one of the best players I’ve had in my five years coaching, but more than that, he’s one of the best leaders and kids I know,” King said. “He was a solid contributor as a freshman and an all-district starter as a sophomore. And now all-state.
“He has a level of composure that is not often seen in kids his age. He never loses sight of the team goals, and is a coach on the field for us.”
Herb said he’s always tried to stay level-headed because of what his parents have instilled in him.
“I don’t want to be cocky about things,” he said. “I was a captain, and I try to pull everyone together when things don’t go well.”
Granville enjoyed a successful season, but was knocked off by Bexley 2-0 at home in the second round of the Division II district tournament.
“We had some ups and downs, and the end of the season did not go as we had planned,” Herb said. “We were hoping to do a little better. We know next season we have a chance to go a lot farther, and everyone is really looking forward to it.”
While Herb is a team player foremost, making All-Ohio was in the back of his mind.
“Making second-team All-Ohio as a sophomore, I was kind of hoping to get all-state,” he said. “I’ll keep trying to work on my game during the off-season, and possession is a big part of my game.”
At 6-foot-4, Herb also looks to be a big contributor on a Blue Aces’ basketball team that just began its season this week.