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Xhovani Dokaj, CBC soccer

Xhovani Dokaj, CBC soccer

The Missouri State High School Soccer Coaches Association will hold its inaugural Boys Soccer Banquet and Hall of Fame induction at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Museao in Columbia, Mo.

The 2013 induction class is headed by national coaching legends Ebbie Dunn (SLUH) and Bob Horgan (CBC), who will be honored posthumously. Others in the inaugural class of 11 are Terry Michler (CBC), Vince Drake (Trinity), Dave Robben (Oakville), Greg Vitello (De Smet), Mike Villa (Vianney), Maureen McVey (St. Joseph's), Vince Nowak (Francis Howell North), Rich Bahner (Sedalia Sacred Heart) and Tim Richardson (Lee's Summit North).

Also to be recognized at the banquet will be the state's all-American, all-Midwest, all-state and all-state academic players, coaches of the year, assistant coach of the year and the team sportsmanship honorees.

'X' COMMITS TO QUINCY

CBC's Xhovani Dokaj, recently named as the Post-Dispatch All-Metro player of the year, has committed to Quincy University.

“I really liked the idea of playing close to home, and Quincy seems like a great fit,'' the 18-year-old said. “It's a soccer program with a great deal of tradition and I really liked what (Hawks coach Mike Carpenter) had to say. He couldn't guarantee me anything, but he told me that I'd have an opportunity to compete for a starting spot, and that's really all I can ask for -- a chance.''

Dokaj, who keyed CBC's run to the Class 3 title in November, played in the middle of the backfield for the Cadets in the fall, but has the skill and poise to play anywhere on the field. He also considered Kentucky, Truman State and St. Louis.

At Quincy, he will room with CBC teammate Nathan Griffin, the third-team All-Metro goalkeeper.

“Nate and I are good friends and we're both looking forward to playing together in college,'' Dokaj said.

The soccer programs at Quincy have always recruited heavily in St. Louis. In the fall, the Hawks finished 12-2-6 overall and 9-1-5 in the powerful Great Lakes Valley Conference, qualifying for the NCAA Division II National Tournament for the second time in three seasons.

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